Film Fanatic is a free Lightroom preset that gives images a classic film look by applying cool tones and a matte texture. It softens light regions to give portraits a gentle glow.
Collection: Film Presets
Best for: Outdoors, Bright Scenes
Style: Matte, Soft Colors, Undersaturated
If you want a preset that combines natural tones with the timeless look of analog photography, this is the one to go for. It enhances colors and tones but does not alter them so much. Its understated tones also create a stylish and elegant look. Keep in mind that this preset works best on bright scenes, especially diffused sunlight.
You may use it as an Instagram filter, too! It would give your photos a classic look and feel. Its unique film style can help you set a consistent look throughout your feed.
Creates a Classic Film Look
Matte Film. Film Fanatic preset sets its stylish soft matte look by creating an S-type tone curve with light shadows and dimmed highlights. This softens both light and dark regions. You can easily see the result of this adjustment in the example above. Try to compare the Before and After backgrounds: Film Fanatic subdues the originally bright white or high key background. Notice, too, how this softening transforms the mood of the portrait.
To complete the analog camera look, the preset also adds fine film grain. This is, after all, an expected element in most retro film emulations. To some extent, the grains even help enhance the photo’s overall texture. They add character to light regions as well.
Lowers Saturation Levels
Understated Elegance. The preset subdues its colors by desaturating them. This means that images appear less colorful, but not necessarily less expressive; the lighter hues even draw out and heighten the mood or drama.
The preset more specifically lowers the saturation levels of cool blue hues. This means that in an outdoor photo like the one above, the sky and bodies of water would look grayer. Try to examine the effect in the After photo: the blue sky now has dramatic clouds in gray tones. This simple adjustment undoubtedly adds an exquisite layer of drama to the scene.
Vibrant Hues. The preset preserves some colors and amplifies them more conservatively using the vibrance slider. Unlike saturation, vibrance affects midtones instead; it amplifies without making them look artificial. This is, of course, vital to any type of portrait. To enhance this look further, Film Fanatic also increases contrast for definition.
In the portrait above, see how these enhancements go hand in hand. Observe the subject’s skin tone, face, jeans, and the wooden platform. With the softer tones and elegant grays, the portrait now looks more expressive and compelling.
Film Fanatic is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…
Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Film Fanatic preset as is, right out of the box. With any preset, you might need to make adjustments to accommodate your specific camera, settings, lighting and subject matter.
- Entirely Adjustable
- Compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and CC
- Performs with both PC, Mac, and Mobile
- Applicable to both RAW and JPG images
- 100% Free