A warm photograph of a couple sitting on a rock by the shore

Love Lock

Love Lock is a free Lightroom preset that produces clear and vibrant photos. It has a smooth texture that gives images a modern look and feel. What sets it apart is its distinct blend of tones that create a romantic atmosphere. These settings make the preset ideal for portraits of couples, engagement and wedding photos, and even casual travel shots.

This preset is versatile enough for outdoor and indoor photography, too. Its brightening adjustments make it suitable even for images taken under dim light. The custom tints would also help define tones that are otherwise dimmed by underexposure.

If you are looking for a preset with a professional polish, this is the one to go for. It is also artistic enough to be used as an Instagram filter; not only would it enhance your images, but it would also give them, or your entire feed, a cohesive look. You can even use Love Lock to establish a visual identity on social media.

Adds and Extracts Select Colors

A bright and vibrant photo of LED lights shaped like a heart

Romantic Motif. Love Lock defines its aesthetic by adding and extracting colors. It overlays a soft tone in highlights and draws out cool tones. Setting the entire motif involves three adjustments: amplifying green tint to optimize the color temperature; adding pastel pink to highlights for a romantic mood; reinforcing the blue channel in the tone curve’s RGB settings.

You can examine the results in the After photo above. Notice how much blue there is now, vibrantly extracted by the preset. The bright white regions also now have a tinge of rose hues. Compare the moods of the Before and After photos as well: the original shot, though charming, looks quite dull when compared to the resulting image.

Produces Bright and Vivid Images

A bright and vibrant photo of a couple holding hands, with a green field in the background

Vivid Brilliance. As mentioned previously, Love Lock brightens images to maximize tones, reveal elements, and even enhance expressions in portraits. It begins with the most obvious increase in exposure, then fine-tunes brilliance by tweaking the tone curve, along with the Whites and Highlights sliders. The preset uses these attributes to mute the intensity of light regions and preserve some details.

Amplifies Dark Regions for Definition

A bright and vivid photo of a couple's hands forming the shape of a heart

Contrasting Tones. To complement the brightening, Love Lock also increases contrast and clarity levels. This, as a result, intensifies and broadens tones, making them look much more defined. As you can observe in the After photo above, there are now brighter whites and darker shadows on the couple’s hands. Also, see how the significant brightening relies on the contrast boost to preserve definition.

With these bold tones are, of course, vivid colors. Love Lock also increases vibrance. This, in effect, specifically amplifies midtones, thus preserving and enhancing skin tones. It is not as aggressive as the saturation attribute that affects all of the image’s colors.

A bright and vibrant photo of a heart-shaped metal grill with padlocks hanging on it

Moderated Shadows. Even with the intensified dark regions, notice how the shadows look rich without being harsh. This is because the preset also moderates them using the Shadows and Blacks sliders. You can try to compare the shadows in the Before and After images above. See how the softening adjustments make the preset’s warm and cool tones more prominent.

Love Lock is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Love Lock 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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