A retro photo of a man biking on a street

SX-7000


SX-7000 is a free Lightroom preset that draws out a blend of golden brown tones for an analog film look. The resulting image would look similar to classic Polaroid photos. Even with the retro aesthetic, the preset retains much of the photo’s definition. This is one of our go-to retro film presets because of its unique style.

Collection: Film Presets, Portrait Presets
Best for: Versatile, Outdoor Portraits
Style: Warm, Brown, Classic

This preset is versatile for all types of photography, whether shot indoors or outdoors. We especially love this preset on portraits because of how it enhances skin tones, and how it makes the subjects pop against desaturated hues. It appears even more elegant outdoors, under diffused natural light.

Because of its unique style, you can use SX-7000 not only to add a nostalgic feel but to also make your photos look consistent. If you are looking for a preset that would help give your Instagram feed a cohesive and cinematic look, this is the filter to go for.

Produces Warm Retro Browns

A dark and dramatic portrait of a woman wearing a white off-shoulder top, surrounded by foliage

Dramatic Brown Tones. The preset defines its retro analog look by setting custom hue adjustments for select colors. SX-7000 does so using Lightroom’s HSL panel. It pulls most of the warm colors to deep orange or light browns. It then draws cool hues closer to teal. What makes this preset different from the popular orange and teal aesthetic is its amplified magenta. This intensified mid-tone adds a layer of complexity across all colors, also maintaining a natural look. This preset for Lightroom further refines all these by also applying custom camera calibration settings.

Try to examine the result in the After photo above. Notice how the Polaroid preset focuses attention on the subject, especially because of the more complex skin tones. The new color motif also makes the picture look like a movie still. As you can tell from the example, SX-7000 adds a lot of drama without making altering the photo’s elements too much.

Emulates Polaroid’s Tones

A classic Polaroid photo of a woman wearing a white Levi's shirt and jeans

Bright Matte. The preset creates the popular matte film look by narrowing its tonal range. It does so moderately, without washing out the tones or flattening definition. It softens light regions while it lightens dark ones. As you can tell from the photo above, there are no overblown highlights or harsh shadows. These moderated tones are ideal for portraits when revealing expressions and mood.

Notice how the After photo looks somewhat more brilliant even with the darkened tones. This is because SX-7000 amplifies luminance for most colors at varying levels. It only darkens blue hues to produce vivid skies with dramatic clouds. Among our film presets for Lightroom, this is the one with the richest brown tones.

Recreates the Film’s Color Profile

A classic Polaroid photo of a woman viewing a waterfall from a cliff's edge

Understated Elegance. The undersaturated colors also define the preset’s look. Not only do they create an understated elegance, but they also help draw out the custom warm tones. Like the hue and luminance setting mentioned earlier, SX-7000 defines the saturation level of each color at varying degrees. All of them are desaturated but are balanced to maintain their rich analog film aesthetic. In the example above, see how the preset processes the cool hues of the sky and the textured terrain.

If you want a more subdued vibrant with lighter tones, we have another Polaroid preset that you can try for free. The SX-70 Polaroid film preset has lighter tones and a softer nostalgic film look! You can try both and choose the one that’s best for your photo.

SX-7000 is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…

Like all our Lightroom Presets, you can absolutely use SX-7000 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

Need help with the presets? You can visit our guide to learn how to install Lightroom presets.

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