A vintage shot of a man strolling in a garden

Vintage Garden is a free Lightroom preset that brings the photographic style of old gardening books to your photos. It brightens, warms, and mutes some tones by tweaking the image's color channels. With this preset, you can easily bring out the moment's sunny, cozy, and nostalgic feel.

Use this preset for well-lit images, ideally outdoors. Its brightening enhancements will add some faded or muted effects to your photos. Try it on a snapshot of your garden, a greenhouse, or any lush verdant scenery.

Infuses Photos with a Nostalgic Warmth

A couple sharing an umbrella while walking on tilled soil

A Nostalgic Air. There is something particularly nostalgic about desaturated photos. The retro style that this Vintage Garden applies is, after all, something that many of us are familiar with. In addition to the muted look, there is that tinge of magenta apparent on darker colors. In the photo above, for example, you can notice this pinkish hue coating the soil.

The upper half of the After photo is also noticeably warmer in color temperature. The sky is yellowish in hue, as is common in old photographs. To underscore this homey atmosphere further, the preset increases the exposure and adds the usual vintage vignetting.

Simulates the Style of Early Colored Prints

A vintage photo of a red plant on an old teapot

The Late 70s. The After photo above looks like an authentic print from the late 70s. This Vintage Garden preset does a great job replicating these visual elements. For one, it adds some blue tones to highlights and shadows for that needed hazy feel.

This effect was produced because of a narrow dynamic range and the technological limitations of early printers. To enhance the colors, however, the preset reasonably increases contrast. This ensures that the result will remain rich in color, even with an old faded style.

Detailed Color Enhancements

A matte vintage photo of a garden with orange floors

Vintage Flora. As a preset that features plant life, which includes a wide array of colorful flowers, several hues were adjusted. In addition to the vintage style discussed above, luminance and saturation were thoroughly tweaked:

  • Increased saturation for yellow and aqua hues
  • Decreased saturation for red, green, blue, purple, magenta, and orange hues
  • Increased luminance for orange hues

You can notice the amplified orange luminance in the sunnier brilliance of the After photo. It is sharper and more defined, too, thanks to the preset's increase in sharpening.

Sets the Mood of a Scene

A dramatic vintage shot of a ston garden path lined with foliage

Defines Mood. This specific look is intended to evoke a wistful and sentimental response. What makes this possible is also Vintage Garden's unique handling of light in an image. See how the increase in overall vibrance lightens the mood of the photograph. There is a tender feel to it now.

In contrast to this, notice how the preset slightly sets plant colors apart by (1) decreasing the luminance of red, aqua, and blue colors, and (2) boosting clarity. You can appreciate more of the garden's details because of these.

Try this preset on a snapshot of your garden, or any well-illuminated plant around you. Its old-school charm will make a nice addition to your personal albums, both digital (social media like Instagram, Facebook, etc.) and in print.


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

Like all of our presets, you can absolutely use Vintage Garden 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 September 6, 2019


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