Top view of coffee cups on a round table

Frothy is a free Lightroom preset that gives photos a bright and cozy café feel. It coats images with a warm creamy tint in the highlights, like golden sunlight hues. Its softened tones also add to its charming atmosphere.

You can use this preset on both indoor and outdoor photos. If you need a warm cinematic aesthetic, with a welcoming vibe, give this Frothy preset a shot. It also makes a great cohesive Instagram filter.

Brightens and Adds Color Tints

A warm flat lay photo of a cup of coffee and green macarons

Café Warmth. The preset recreates the feel of a cozy and romantic French café. It first gives the photo a bright sunlit look: it increases exposure for more light then adds a golden tone in highlights. It amplifies contrast, too, so that you get to appreciate more of the café vibrance.

You can see the resulting brilliance in this example. The light looks yellower now, closer to that of sunlight. Notice how more intense it is too; it is fully illuminating the scene.

💡 Tip: Because Frothy is a bright preset, you can tweak the exposure as needed. Optimize light depending on your image's original exposure and demands.

A warm photo of a black coffee being poured into a white mug

Soft Shadows. To complement the brightened scene, Frothy preset adds a purple tone in the shadows. Not only does this enhancement soften tones, but it also gives it a tinge of warmth. As a result, shadows blend with the rest of the café motif, rather than harshly stick out.

In the After photo, examine how the preset processes these dark regions. Look at the mug's shadow and the man's arm. Notice how the purple tones even accentuate the brilliant shades of yellow.

Subdues Tones for a Matte Effect

A warm cafe photo of coffee cups being held for cheers

Charming Matte. The café motif demands a matte look. Frothy preset creates this style by compressing tones; it narrows the tonal range so that both light and dark regions would appear muted. It softens whites and highlights, then lightens blacks and shadows. The preset refines these tones in the tone curve.

In the After photo, see how the added brightness, warmed hues, and narrowed tones make the image lively. These visual enhancements transform the scene into what looks like a movie still. After all, Frothy does combine the aesthetics of analog film photography and classic cinema.

Reinforces Midtones and Texture

A warm top-view photo of eight coffee cups set at the perimeter of a round wooden table

Vivid Details. Given that most of the previous adjustments are of lightening and softening, it is important for the preset to underscore depth and detail; the image would otherwise look washed out. Frothy does this by amplifying clarity and sharpening.

You can easily distinguish the result in the Before and After photos above. Compare the crispness of details: the froth in the drinks, the edges of the mugs, the wooden table, and even the flooring.

A warm cafe photo of three cups of coffee lined up on a wooden table with plants on the side

Rich Textures. In this example, look at the coffee foam. You can see more of the coffee espresso and the rosetta latte art. With these enhanced textures and the warm café style, the coffee now looks richer and more delectable.

Finally, as a finishing touch, Frothy preset applies vignetting. This serves as a nice accent that frames the cozy yet vibrant look.

Frothy is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Frothy 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

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This Free Lightroom Preset was last updated on March 29, 2020




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