Portra 160 is a free Lightroom preset that gives digital photos the unmistakable look of the classic Kodak Portra 160 film. It is versatile because of its soft cool hues and tempered intensity. This is the preset to use if you want subtler tones and matte textures on your pictures. Just like the film effect it replicates, Portra 160 preset can be used in almost any shot, whether taken indoors or outdoors.
Softens Tones for a Classic Look
Classic film. The light in the After photo is less intense now, not as harsh as it was. You can notice this mostly around the subject's head. The background is noticeably cooler in color temperature, too, making the result much easier on the eyes. A decrease in the saturation of yellow, green, blue, and some orange hues produces this understated matte look. But notice of the background remains attractively vivid: there is an increase in the luminance of yellow and aqua colors as well.
Produces Crisp and Clear Details
Attention to Detail. This overcast shot looks better in the After photo: the details look crisp and more defined, while the colors are balanced out. Portra 160, after all, produces images that look subdued but natural; this is reminiscent of documentary shots, akin to some National Geographic photos in the 90s. These textures jump out because of a boost in sharpening and some added grain. To add focus to the subject, some vignetting is also applied and can be seen like frames at the edges of the image.
A Matte Retro Look
Uniquely Retro. This Portra 160 preset masterfully tweaks photos through a custom tone curve, with low highlights, lights, darks, and upper shadows. The result that you get will look 100% analog. This is the perfect preset to use if you are going for a hipster look, too.
See how the bluish tones uniquely temper the stark colors of the original shot; whites and blacks are stylishly muted, too. The After photo, with the filter applied, looks more unified with an overarching matte effect.
Applies Subtle Hues to Highlights and Shadows
Subtle Tints. Notice how the bright and dark tones in the image look tinted somehow. This is because Portra 160 preset adds low-key purple tones in the highlights and some lime tones in the shadows.
Look at the example above: you can more easily notice this effect on the floor edges and railings. This is done to moderate intensity in hues; see how the blacks are less intense. The result is a subdued yet elegant photograph, with the timeless charm of film.
Portra 160 is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...
Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Portra 160 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 January 22, 2020