A vintage photo of two women holding up their wine glasses

The Prohibition free Lightroom preset evokes a simpler time of speakeasies, long pearl necklaces, tiaras and The Great Gatsby. This preset dabbles on the more artistic side of spectrum while still respecting the image. It drops the color of a photo without resorting to a complete black and white. To complete the look, Prohibition also adds grain and a subtle vignette, to draw the eye to the subject.

Try this vintage aesthetic on various portraits. It will do well both in indoor and outdoor captures. If you want to take advantage of its bold aesthetic, try the filter on dark backgrounds. It will look amazing in print, and even on your casual Instagram photos.

Gives Photos a Classic Vintage Look

Classic Vintage. Draw your attention to the original image on the left: despite period-suggesting attire and accessories, the photo looks distinctly modern. On the other hand, in the After image to the right, it's obvious that the photo takes on a new life. It now has subtle tones, a vintage appearance and more historical look.

You can see how this preset can be effectively used for portraits and group shots alike to bring a modern-looking image like this one back to the 1920s. Because it does not resort to complete monochrome, you will still get those rich and nuanced tones. It is a nice in-between, like a vintage look with a modern touch.

What makes this Prohibition preset special is that its old aesthetic looks authentic; only its high-quality and definition ⁠— which are undoubtedly recent ⁠— would give it away. So if you want to apply the old-school classic motif yet retain the modern pop, this is the preset to go for.

Creates a Dramatic and Timeless Look

Timeless. Prohibition is well suited for lighter photos as well. This flapper on the left looks good, but she looks great on the right where image appears like something you'd see in a history book ⁠— but with better tones and definition. Notice how you can appreciate more details now because of the Prohibition preset. It draws out shadows to complement every detail and texture. All these visual enhancements come together to make the result compelling. Because of these, you are sure to get an elegant, classic, and vintage look each time.

Whether you're using this vintage near black and white preset for creating a dramatic look for fun, or even using it professionally to do 1920s photo shoots and portraits, it will speed up your post-processing time and create a beautiful end result.

This almost black & white Lightroom preset works great on a variety of photos taken with various cameras and if necessary you can always tweak this preset specifically for your photo. Travel back 100 years and give your photos a retro, roaring twenties style with the Prohibition free Lightroom preset.


Prohibition is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Prohibition 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 and Mac
  • Applicable to both RAW and JPG images
  • 100% Free


This Free Lightroom Preset was last updated on January 25, 2020



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