Tropical City is a free Lightroom preset that applies a vibrant orange and teal motif to various summer and coastal scenes. It produces rich, deep, tones and intense warm colors to recreate a sweltering tropical atmosphere.
You can use this preset on your travel or vacation photos. Its bold look is ideal for outdoor photography, most especially beaches and landscapes. You can make the most of the preset's complementary colors if your images feature land, sky, and sea.
This preset is great to use as an Instagram filter, too! Not only does it make use of the popular orange and teal aesthetic, but it also creates stunning tones that are sure to grab attention.
Sets a Vibrant Summer Atmosphere
Sunny Vibrance. As a preset designed for summer scenes, Tropical City begins by setting the basics for a sunny look. It adds some light by increasing exposure and warms by boosting the color temperature. These are enhanced to recreate the intensity and golden hues of sunshine.
Look at the resulting photo above of a resort. It is easy to spot the added brilliance by observing the clear blue sky and the illuminated pool water. Notice, too, how this amplified light looks warm now. The inviting and complex sunset orange hues that you see will be set and refined later on.
Brightens All Tones
Stunning Tones. To add to the lively vacation feel, Tropical City further brightens by illuminating all light and dark tones, from shadows to highlights. This reinforces the heightened amount of light.
As a result, you can expect intensely bright whites and softened shadows. This is, after all, the look that you get when photographing sunny scenes. To refine these adjustments, Tropical City applies similar but moderated adjustments to the tone curve. Examine the effect on the clouds and the brightened trees.
Creates a Vivid Orange and Teal Look
Orange and Teal. The preset draws out and amplifies orange and teal hues by setting the right levels at Lightroom's HSL panel. It deepens shades of red and orange by moderately reducing its saturation. This goes hand in hand with the overall color adjustments that will be detailed later on.
Tropical City makes aqua and blue hue striking by increasing their saturation. It then particularly amplifies the luminance of aqua, to add the distinct brilliance to it. These tweaks will blend to create the preset's unique approach to this sought-after visual style.
You can examine the results in the After photo above. You can see the distinct orange and teal hues now, so vividly: see the lightened sky and the deep-orange structure. Notice, too, how Tropical City manages to draw out some tangerine hues from the palm tree.
Intensifies Colors and Midtones
Color Boost. Unlike many orange and real themed presets, Tropical City retains realistic and natural colors. It only intensifies them and conservatively tweaks warm and cool tones to match the said popular cinematic motif. Again, unlike many others, this orange and real variant produces punchy hues and crisply defined tones. Amidst all the brightening, the colors do not look washed out.
The example photo above demonstrates this well. The coast now looks captivating because of the color boost. To achieve this effect, the preset amplifies the usual elements for color intensity: contrast, saturation, and vibrance.
Sharp Details. To add depth and definition, Tropical City strengthens midtones by increasing clarity. See how this improvement adds dimension to the trees. This, of course, calls for improvements in texture as well; the preset, therefore, applies further sharpening. All of these adjustments combine to create an HDR image.
Let us look at the After photo: compare the depth and texture of the leaves, the trunk, and the dramatic clouds in the background. Also, notice how Tropical City's deepened tones look even more remarkable against the vibrant teal hues.
Tropical City is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...
Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Tropical City 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
This Free Lightroom Preset was last updated on July 21, 2020