A bright winter landscape covered in snow

Snow Day


Snow Day free Lightroom preset gives a light and airy feel to winter photos. It produces muted tones for a classic sunlit look. The serene mood that you get from it is ideal for landscapes, urban scenes, and various holiday moments outdoors.

Collection: Winter Lightroom Presets
Best for: Outdoor, Winter Landscapes, and Cityscapes
Style: Warm, Undersaturated, Retro Film

Try this as an Instagram filter if you are going for a magical and timeless aesthetic. It is mild and charming: the preset’s golden tones add some much-needed warmth to your winter images. It makes a cohesive look that radiates so much of the cozy holiday spirit.

Adds a Warm Motif to Cold Winter Photos

A man strolling along a snowy street

Sunshine. These beginning, fundamental, adjustments create the preset’s soft and unique look. It somehow recreates the golden hues of the early morning sun.

The increase in exposure adds light, the boost in contrast intensifies colors, and the increase in blue and green channels creates the muted gold film aesthetic.

Let us examine the example above. You can easily see the distinct motif, and its nostalgic, often magical, effect. The subtle layer of yellow makes the entire scene appear like a movie still. There is both drama and tranquility.

Softens and Lightens Tones

A snowy road lined with trees

Compressed Tones. To give such a cinematic effect and atmosphere, the preset compresses the tones, as you can see in the above After photo. It softens highlights and lightens shadows. Then, to serve as a subtle accent, it also add purple to the highlights.

Examine the trees in the picture above. Because of the Snow Day preset, the dark tones on the trunk and branches appear subdued and more elegant with subtle hues.

Overall, there is now a vintage effect that helps heighten the mood of your captures. The results can even look poetic.

Undersaturates Colors

A cottage in the middle of a snowy landscape

Desaturated. As most film presets for Lightroom, this preset desaturates colors. Everything appears stylistically muted. There are no stark colors, no overblown highlights, and no harsh shadows.

These adjustments all add up to create a gentle winter wonderland. It captures the coziness of holiday festivities, especially of celebrating Christmas with family and friends. Snow Day preset, therefore, adds an artistic layer of warmth even to the gloomiest days of winter.

We just love how this preset can create an aesthetic that blends warm hues with the classic film style. It stands out among free winter Lightroom presets.

Moderates Color Brilliance

An urban photo of a street in wintertime

Brilliant Warmth. To add to its layer of radiant warmth, Snow Day increases the luminance of red. It also lowers the intensity of cooler colors like green, aqua, blue, and purple — this helps illuminate red hues, which could otherwise be the harshest if not tweaked.

You can notice the effect in the After photo above. The red building facade is more brilliant and blends better with the rest of the picture. Now, the photograph is cohesive in style; no element sticks out too much. Everything appears more lit up by sunlight. This gorgeous brilliance is similar to our winter landscape preset. Try it out if you are shooting outdoor winter scenes.

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Snow Day is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…

Like all our Lightroom Presets, you can absolutely use Snow Day 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
  • Designed for Adobe Lightroom for PC, Mac, and Mobile
  • Includes Lrtemplate and XMP preset formats for Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic desktop apps
  • Includes DNG preset format for the free Lightroom mobile app
  • Applicable to both RAW and JPG images
  • 100% Free Preset Download

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