A man standing on a vibrant green mountain landscape

Rain Clouds is a free Lightroom preset that adds a dark and mysterious look to photos of landscapes. It also produces deep and vivid colors, even with all its dimming adjustments.

This is the ideal preset to use on outdoor photography. It works beautifully with travel photos and landscapes. It produces dramatic clouds, crisp mountains, and lush green fields. You will get a stunning photo each time with this preset, because of its rich bold tones and hues.

If you shoot outdoors a lot, keep this preset in mind. It will help you draw out color and detail in a single click. It also helps give portfolios, whether in print or on social media like Instagram, a professional and cohesive look.

Darkens Tones for a Dramatic Look

A dark and vivid photo of a mountain landscape

Rain Clouds. As its name suggests, this preset recreates the look of a landscape whenever rain clouds block sunlight and dim the scene. The preset does not stop there, however. It keeps the photo looking lively by making its colors vibrant; even with the dark aesthetic, all hues remain strikingly vibrant.

To create the dark and dramatic tones, Rain Clouds preset darkens highlights and blackens shadows. As you can examine in the After photo above, these adjustments generally dim the entire landscape. Try to compare the clouds and fields in the Before and After photos.

Amplifies Color and Midtones

A dark and dramatic photo of a colorful sky with orange and aqua hues

Natural Vibrance. Rain Clouds preset creates dark but not gloomy images. Just examine the example above: the preset adds a layer of elegance and complexity to the sky's colors. It draws them out and reinforces them to become as intense as the dark regions.

To produce this effect, the preset amplifies clarity, vibrance, and saturation. It blends these settings well, at varying levels, to produce the stunning colors you see in the After photo. Notice how the preset retains its natural look.

Refines Color Saturation and Luminance

A dark but vibrant photo of an open highway with dramatic orange and aqua clouds ahead

Balanced Hues. The preset refines its colors by creating a custom camera calibration setting and tweaking Lightroom's HSL panel. It draws out green hues and prioritizes sky colors, like the orange of sunsets and the aqua accents of the skies.

You can examine the result of Rain Clouds' color processing in the example above. Pay attention to how it intensifies colors: in the After photo, notice the greenish tint in the horizon and the deepened orange hues.

Dark Cool Hues. In contrast to the previous color enhancements, the preset lowers the saturation of blue and yellow. This tweak aims to darken these common colors of the sky; after all, both are naturally subdued by rain clouds.

To complement this dimming further and make it look more realistic, Rain Clouds preset also reduces the amount of light in cool colors by lowering their corresponding luminance levels. You can examine the result by observing the skyline in the After photo above.

Rain Clouds is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...

LikeĀ all our presets, you can absolutely use Rain Clouds 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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This Free Lightroom Preset was last updated on July 5, 2020




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