Gray Winter Day free Lightroom preset draws out the deep gray tones in a winter scene and cools the color temperature to accentuate them. The result you get will be high-contrast, with moderately saturated hues.
The preset enhances all photographic elements to appear bright and vivid, especially snow. It is therefore ideal for outdoor photography, from urban scenes to vast landscapes. You can also use this as an Instagram filter for your winter uploads. Its rich tones will surely look artistic and captivating.
Makes Photos Appear Cold yet Vivid
Cold Scenes. Gray Winter Day first increases the contrast to give way to intensified and nuanced hues. This preset is, after all, focused on deepening both tones and colors.
Then, to heighten the cold feel of wintertime, the preset adds a blue tone to the highlights. You can mostly notice the effect on the snow. In the photos above, for example, look at the difference between the bright snowy areas of both images.
Maximizes the Brightness of Whites
Snowy White. You can easily notice how this preset pushes the whites of an image. This is perfect for your predominantly snowy photos. The boost in brilliance makes the entire scene more cheerful and magical, even with the lack of colors.
To create this look, the preset fully amplifies highlights and brightens blacks and shadows. This is a more incremental adjustment compared to a simple increase in exposure. The tones remain balanced in this adjustment are further refined in the tone curve.
Let us examine the After photo above. It is apparent how much brighter the scene is, especially the large areas of snow. Not only are they whiter, but they also have a white brilliance that simply looks stunning. Despite the obvious brightening, you can still notice the distinct shadows in the trees that retain much detail.
Softens Midtone Contrast
Soft and Serene. Even with the increase in contrast, you can notice how the preset moderates color intensity. The entire aesthetic remains soft and tranquil. For this effect, Gray Winter Day decreases some clarity, which means that it lessens midtone contrast.
The preset then also lowers the overall saturation of the image. In the nearly monochromatic example above, you can examine the sign on the left. Its red outline is now closer to gray.
The preset further refines saturation in the HSL panel, as discussed in the last example below.
Applies a Balanced Adjustment in Color Saturation
Moderate Hues. The preset increases the saturation of yellow and magenta. On the other hand, it lowers that of orange, green, blue, and aqua. This blend is somewhat partial to warm hues, as it mutes cool ones. As a result, you get warm color accents amidst a bright and cooler scene. You can examine the effect in the street image above.
Gray Winter Day is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...
Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Gray Winter Day 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
This Free Lightroom Preset was last updated on December 20, 2019