Urban Warm is a free Lightroom preset that gives photos a historical yet timeless feel. Its warm coffee brown hues elegantly emphasize architectural features. It accentuates details and mutes colors to focus on the understated yet majestic charm of an urban scene.
You may use this for your travel photos, especially when featuring various cities rich in culture and history. Urban Warm specializes in both street photography and portraiture.
Unifies Urban Elements with a Classic Look
Classic Hues. The original photo above has a lot of elements and has no definite visual anchor. This is common for any shot taken in an urban setting or street photograph. To make the image more effective, Urban Warm unifies all elements and defines the subject of the photo by using its unique warm brown tones. It achieves this effect by muting colors and tinting the highlights with a subtle sepia and pastel undertone filter. You can notice how all the elements in the After photo now look complementary; this, in effect, focuses our attention on the subject and simplifies the look of the image.
Enhances Natural Light for Portraits
Naturally Brightens. Urban Warm preset is perfect for portraiture regardless of location. This next example specifically demonstrates the preset’s enhancements on images taken under natural light.
The original Before photo is not as engaging; it has lost too many details due to underexposure and excessive shadows. The Urban Warm preset fixes this by revealing textures; it increases sharpening and clarity, too. We can see how effective these improvements are in the After photo above. The preset has finely defined the texture of the man’s black jacket and the highlights of his hair. We can even see more of the roof and the tree in the background. The preset’s sunlit warmth further enhances the subject’s skin and reveals all facial features, particularly his eyes. Some vignetting is also added to frame the subject.
Adds Pastel Undertones for a Warm Urban Look
Warm Pastel. This free preset uniquely enhances fashion photo shoots. This is the look to use if you want to show off your outfit in Instagram especially when out travelling. The delicate matte pastel texture gives an air of sophistication and elegance. To balance out the light aesthetic and add depth, Urban Warm also deepens blacks throughout an image, in both foreground and background. You will always get a stunning result that is both cinematic and modern. Notice how this preset tweaks a specific color, too: because of an increase in the saturation and luminance of oranges tones, the woman’s pants become a bright powdery peach. This therefore serves as a soft accent and adds an extra layer of charm.
Urban Warm is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…
Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Urban Warm 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.
If you want more presets like this, be sure to check out our collection of urban presets.
- 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