A colorful city skyline


Sweetheart is a free Lightroom preset that has subtle violet tones that give photos a soft dramatic effect. This is ideal for portraits and other scenes that call for a sentimental or romantic motif. Not only does it coat images with a filter of pastel hues, it also minutely adjusts the photo’s lighting and color treatment. The examples below will show you how this preset thoroughly tweaks an image and bring out a warm and unique style.

Use this preset on photos taken under natural light. Sweetheart preset works best in even lighting, especially if being used in portraits. Its delicate soft matte effect will complement sweet and joyful expressions very well. You can also try it out when shooting various outdoor scenes.

Adds a Soft Radiance to Portraits

A woman sitting on a wall's ledge

A Sweet Afterglow. With the addition of the magenta tint, the moods of the Before and After photos above are now distinct. An increase in the photo’s color temperature improves this effect even further, too.

These pastel hues now match the light-hearted expression on the woman’s face; you can see how the colors underscore the subject’s emotions, which is typically the focus in portraiture. As a result, the After image is now richer mood and effective in expression.

Stylish Pastel Hues

A woman in a denim coat

Artistic Motif. The specific look of this preset is a result of a custom adjustment in the tone curve. Shadows, dark hues, and highlights have been intensified. This enables the preset to add a retro or cinematic feel to images. In addition to the sentimental feel that the tint adds, there is now an element of nostalgia, too.

The more creative improvements of this Sweetheart preset lie in its RGB channels. These are specific to it and is difficult to replicate. Because of this, the tones that you get consistently look soft, warm, and ethereal in violet.

Classic Outdoor Stills

A branch of white flowers

Warm Retro. As a preset that does well outdoors, Sweetheart can also be used in various nature stills. Like the previous examples, your shots will have layer of warm magenta hues. The resulting image will be reminiscent of the old film effects, once popular in analog cameras. You can specifically use this effect to establish the atmosphere of a scene.

Elaborate Details. This preset, like most cinematic filters, accentuates details in a photo; this is after all essential to visual storytelling. With these effects, you are free to take advantage of its vintage matte vibe.


Tip: Consider using this preset on multiple photos to give them a common motif. It will look specially captivating on your Instagram feed or even a collection of Instax prints.


Sweetheart preset is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Sweetheart 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


Free Lightroom Preset by Contrastly

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