A sharpened photo of a hand holding an analog compass

Perfect Sharpen

Perfect Sharpen free Lightroom preset keeps the natural look of photos while drawing out the details. It makes photos appear realistic, finely textured, and vividly clear. If you are looking for a preset that is versatile and conservative enough to be applied to any type of photograph, whether shot indoors or outdoors, this is the one to go for.

This is a go-to preset if you want to enhance photographs without altering them too much. Perfect Sharpen focuses on making elements pop; it heightens midtones for depth and extracts textures to make images as true to life as possible.

You can use this adaptive preset as an Instagram filter, especially if you have feed that features nature and landscapes. You would, after all, want to keep the colors as natural as possible, only enhancing their depth and salient features for a professional look.

Enhances Photos for Depth

A woman wearing a yellow dress and a rimmed hat

Crisp Midtones. You can easily notice from the above example that the After image looks much more defined. This crisply defined image is primarily because of the preset’s enhancement in clarity. It boosts midtone contrast, so it adds a greater impression of depth.

Note the creases and folds on the woman’s yellow dress. The tones are much more defined, and the color looks deeper and more complex. The structure behind her looks much clearer, from its refined edges and more vivid textures.

Keeps Photos Looking Natural

A sharpened photo of a flower arrangement

Natural Look. You can use this Perfect Sharpen to give photos life. With the preset’s simple yet well-blended settings, the plants in the above After photo appear richly toned. Every detail and texture is now more vividly portrayed.

This is the preset to use if you want to draw out tones and textures, and keeping everything else looking fresh and natural. As you can observe in the example photos, the preset does not make colors look overblown or artificial. It only makes them look polished and complexly enhanced.

Produces Vivid Tones

A woman standing along the coast

Clear and Vivid. At first glance, the photos above seem similar — a closer look, however, will make you notice the subtle enhancements of this preset. Perfect Sharpen’s combination of clarity and sharpening tweaks makes all the difference: from a flat and bland outdoor shot to a richly defined image. Pay attention to the texture of the woman’s clothing, the coast, and the waves.

Amplifies Midtones to Boost Colors

Colorful buildings lining a paved street

Heightened Hues. The above example is a great demonstration of the preset’s clarity adjustments and how it generally processes colors. Perfect Sharpen does not alter them, nor does it amplify their saturation to the point of artificiality. It only strengthens the midtones and gives them body and greater definition.

Draw your attention to the brick building on the left, and compare the preset’s effect. It can be subtle, but the result makes the entire scene more realistic, closer to what the photographer likely perceived in reality. You may also compare the textures of the pavement and of the overall capture.

Draws Out Textures

A sharpened image of a campfire

Sharp Details. If you have a photo with a lot of objects in it, use this preset to enhance each. Applying Perfect Sharpen can make the image all the more complex and compelling. Every object will pop out and appear sharp, crisp, and clear.

When comparing the photos above, pay attention to the scattered twigs, the campfire, the coat’s folds, and the tree trunk in the background.


Perfect Sharpen preset is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Perfect Sharpen 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

Free Lightroom Preset by Forrest Lane

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