Golden Look free Lightroom preset infuses images with elegant gold tones. It captures the elusive yet dramatic feel of the golden hour. Its warm, soft orange, tint looks incredible on skin tones.
This stylish preset is ideal for all types of photography but is most flattering on portraits. To take advantage of its intricate hues, use the Golden Look preset on well-lit images.
This aesthetic also gives photos a cinematic charm. You can use it as a thematic filter that will apply a cohesive look throughout your Instagram feed.
Adds Stunning Golden Hour Tones
Sophisticated Gold. Fashionable and elegant: these words sum up the motif of this professional preset. Its style is distinct yet familiar; it is, after all, an artistic rendition of the golden hour.
The preset creates this look by blending subtle tones: it adds a soft brown to shadows, some magenta tint, and warm color temperature.
Golden Look strikingly simulates the boldness of sunlight a few moments before sunset, but its effect is softer and more compelling. See how these tones add a golden touch to the subject’s skin. You can observe the result in the portrait above: the woman now has a sun-kissed look.
Brightens and Lowers Contrast for a Dramatic Effect
Understated Brilliance. The preset increases the exposure to add light to the image. This fundamental setting makes sure that you get to see more details. It then decreases the contrast; this effect is not easily perceptible but is crucial. It keeps colors realistic and suitable for further adjustments.
Tip: Try to fine-tune the exposure after applying this preset. This will help optimize the golden tones based on the settings of your image.
You can also try our vibrant gold preset if you want a punchier gold aesthetic for your photos. But if you want to stick to a versatile one, this is undoubtedly one of the most versatile in our golden preset collection.
Regulates the Intensity of Highlights and Shadows
Moderated Tones. When using the Golden Look preset, you do not have to worry about harsh shadows or overblown highlights. It moderates these settings for you: the preset softens highlights and shadows. Because of these tweaks, more details are revealed in both extremities.
As a further enhancement, the preset brightens the black and white areas of the image. It adds an understated layer of brilliance, like in the urban photo above.
Amplifies Midtones for Depth
Deep and Crisp. The After portrait above has greater depth and definition. There are fewer shadows on the subject’s face, and tones are more defined. The preset creates this look by maximizing the clarity enhancement and slightly increasing vibrance.
The result is stunning. The overall look is bold and vibrant. The mood is now as complex as the picture’s tones.
Applies Fine Adjustments to Saturation and Luminance
Vibrant Warmth. For a unified warm look, the preset decreases color saturation. It then amplifies the luminance of purple and magenta.
Let us examine the result of these improvements. The example above perfectly shows how Golden Look not only improves skin tones but also adds a beautiful glow. Note how this effect gives the portrait a professional look.
Focus your attention now on the background. Hues are warmer, yet deep and rich. To create this effect, the preset lowers the luminance of warm and green colors. See how this adjustment complements the nuanced golden hues.
Textures Images for a Cinematic Look and Feel
Cinematic Scenes. The Golden Look preset heightens its cinematic charm by simulating the texture of film. It increases sharpening and noise reduction for a clear and smooth polish.
Finally, and more stylistically, it adds some vignetting and grain. These are essential to setting the mood and drawing your attention to the subject.
Golden Look is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…
Like all our Lightroom Presets, you can absolutely use Golden Look 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
- Designed for Adobe Lightroom for PC, Mac, and Mobile
- Includes Lrtemplate and XMP preset formats for Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic desktop apps
- Includes DNG preset format for the free Lightroom mobile app
- Applicable to both RAW and JPG images
- 100% Free Preset Download
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