Perfect Day is a free Lightroom preset that creates an impression of a sunny day but with a layer of lime tint. The result is a classic film hue that produces a lively yet cozy look and feel. Its unique balance of warm and cool tones give it a stunning vintage film appeal.
This preset looks best on outdoor images, whether of urban areas or natural sceneries. You can try it on outdoor portraits, landscapes, and travel photos. Its tones come out beautifully on photos shot under diffused natural light, as you can see in the examples below.
You can also use this as an Instagram filter! Not only would the preset give your photos a charming air of nostalgia, but it would also help you achieve a consistent and professional look across your feed.
Creates a Vintage Film Effect
Old Film. Perfect Day sets its distinct look and feel by creating a blend of cinematic film tones and lively color accents. After all, as its name suggests, it is meant to bring out the emotions and atmosphere of your perfect day captures.
The preset increases exposure a bit to add more light. This somehow recreates the brilliance of sunshine. Then, for its signature colors, Perfect Day begins by adding a lime tone to highlights. This adjustment, in effect, combines the usual cool blue tones of film emulations and the golden sunlight hues. The preset then fine-tunes the overall aesthetic by customizing the RGB channels in the tone curve. These adjustments all combine to define the preset's aesthetic, as you can see in the After photo above.
Lowers the Intensity of Tones
Matte Film. Perfect Day has a matte texture, as we would expect from most analog film presets. It lowers highlights and lightens shadows; this means that it narrows the tonal range. This, of course, contributes to the popular light and airy aesthetic.
Fine-Tunes Color Saturation and Luminance
Soft Colors. To complement its elegant and stylish look, Perfect Day lowers the intensity of its colors. It initially does so by lowering the saturation levels in the Presence panel; it follows this with a more detailed adjustment in the HSL. It desaturates all colors individually and at varying levels. This ensures that the hues blend well with the overall motif.
Perfect Day also subdues the luminance of all colors except for the purple and magenta midtones. This means that only areas with these hues would appear brilliant. In the After photo above, for example, the woman's skin tones and her dress look more illuminated.
Perfect Day is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...
Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Perfect 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 April 17, 2020