Street Blue free Lightroom preset gives your urban photos a dark modern polish. Its cool blue hues give a subtle industrial feel, too. What makes it stunning are the intensified tones that are perfect for drawing out the drama of street photography.

This is a versatile preset that is sure to give a bold statement. It is ideal for all urban photographs, regardless of type. We suggest that you try it on captures that are rich in detail; the preset, after all, draws out the textures of every element in the image.

This Street Blue preset gives such a strong and compelling look. It will appear stunning in print and on screen, from casual Instagram uploads to professional photoshoots.

Gives a Dark and Modern Impression

A dark and narrow street in Japan

Bold Streets. The distinct style of this preset can be described in two words: cool and dark. The blue tone that it adds to the shadows gives that modern aesthetic, almost industrial. This looks excellent on pavements and stone walls.

To produce an even more vivid look, Street Blue further increases the warm color temperature. This complements the cool tones so much and gives the image a broader range; these warm colors will meld with the bluish hues and unify some of the photo's accents.

The result of these adjustments can be examined in the After photo above. The street is in dark gray with hints of blue tones. See how well-balanced this preset is, too: the cool shadows are stunning. The intense tones, which will be discussed next, give the photo a captivating look.

Intensifies Mood and Drama with Darkened Tones

A bold photo of a man sitting along the street with street art behind him

Strong Visuals. Street photography often gives a loud statement. It is meant to portray day-to-day scenes and instantaneously evoke an emotion or sensation. With the abundance of details in urban settings, it is important to underscore each one — this is where intensified tones are helpful.

To create this effect, Street Blue applies various adjustments. First, to make the colors pop, it boosts contrasts even in the tone curve. The result is obvious: colors are undeniably punchy in the above After photo. Then comes the darkening: the preset deepens highlights, shadows, and blacks.

It finally increases the whites, too, to add some brightening and a smooth polish.

Produces Stunning Deep Hues

A darkened image of a woman in a sweater

Bold in Dark. The colors are meant to be as intense as the tones, of course. To amplify colors and add character, Street Blue heightens clarity. You get deep and crisp midtones because of this.

The preset then gives the image that unique bold matte finish by lowering vibrance and saturation. This consequently darkens and draws out some grays. You can notice the effect in the above After image, especially on the woman's darkened sweater.

Refines Textures for Crisp Details

A dark and detailed image of an alleyway

Compelling Details. Look at how stunning the textures are in this After photo. The preset sharpens images so that details jump out. The result isn't overdone, it isn't grungy; in fact, it appears smoother. This is because it also reduces noise in the image.

Finally, of course, is that bold vignetting that frames the scene. It does wonders to the photograph's mood, as you can see in the example.


Street Blue is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Street Blue 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 26, 2020


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