Vintage BW Preset Free Lightroom Presets

Vintage BW is a free Lightroom preset that makes new photos look old again by dramatically removing bright colors. It is less saturated and often have a flat feel that turns all other hues to black and white. It sometimes adds brown tones in shadows, increasing whites and clarity while decreasing highlights.

Vintage BW preset produces a good outcome in taking your new pictures back in time. It gives that nostalgic effect.

Monochromatic Charm

Vintage BW Preset Pankiss

Black & White Retro. In this Pankiss photo, all colors were omitted deliberately which gives it a timeless feel. There are also added brown tones in shadows that makes it feel more retro.

You can notice this effect on the woman's hair and the shadows of the awning. Because of this tint, the After photo retains a sense of depth in the image. It somehow serves as an elegant accent, too.

Mutes Tones for a Classic Look

Vintage BW Preset Joan of Arc

Soft and Muted. The Vintage BW preset dramatically mutes the bright colors especially the bronze equestrian sculpture of this Joan of Arc photo in Rue de Rivoli. Only black and white hues are retained that it looked like the picture was taken back in the early 1900s.

You are only reminded of this photo's modern-day origin because of how well-defined the result is. See how crisp the details are, from the architectural textures to the small bicycle wheels.

Evenly Boosts Light and Dark Tones

Vintage BW Preset travelling guy

Lights and Shadows. Similar to the previous photo, the After image of this photographer looks antiquated as the vintage BW preset relatively treats the colors black and white.

To complement this retro effect, the preset increases both whites and shadows in an photo. In the example above, see the stark whites in the background and the deep blacks of the man's clothing.

Mellows Highlights and Warm Tones

Vintage BW Preset black fuel

Varied Hues. The After photo above shows how the preset desaturates warm tones. The coffee being poured, originally a vivid brown, now has a light and almost silver hues. This adjustment also serves as a subtle accent throughout a photograph.

Notice how the Vintage BW preset decreases the highlights while increasing the clarity of this film. The white mug appears soft and matted, while you can see more details on the tumbler's opening. All in all, this preset makes the most of a the elements in any image.

Creates Stunning Portraits

Vintage BW Preset model in veranda

Stylish in B&W. Again, in this above example, the Vintage BW preset removes all other warm tones from the model and the background building, keeping only the sophisticated black and white monochrome hues.

The result that you get will always look crisp, never flat. Vintage BW is one of the most complex monochromatic presets available. Download this free preset now and try it out on your next Instagram upload.


Vintage BW is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...

LikeĀ all our presets, you can absolutely use Vintage BW 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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