This free film preset is not just a plain or washed-out vintage filter. Viva 665 coats images with a soft brown tone for a warm retro look. We love how its tones beautifully show depth and detail. Best of all, its charming film effect can be applied to various types of photography.
As with most of Forrest Lane’s presets, this retro one is not sensitive to lighting, so you can apply it to photos taken both indoors and outdoors.
Here’s a tip: even with this versatile aesthetic, we recommend using it on images that are illuminated by bright and diffused light. This will help you make the most of the preset’s elegant soft tones. Sunlight can also help draw out the preset’s rich brown tones even more. You can see more of this effect in our example below.
Don’t forget, you can also apply Viva 665 as an Instagram filter! Its distinct retro tones will make your photos attractive, plus it will give your feed a professional and cohesive look.
Produces Warm Vintage Browns
Retro Browns. The preset primarily creates its retro motif by customizing the RGB settings curve. It tweaks and blends each to create the signature warm brown hues. These coat the entire image, over the color adjustments that will be applied later on.
Viva 665 further enhances this effect by moderating tones. It softens highlights and lightens shadows a bit so none would stick out or appear harsh. Like its tint, the preset refines these tonal improvements in the tone curve as well.
Try to examine the results in the After photo above. All of these tweaks come together to produce a rich and warm vintage preset. Notice that even with the vibrant tint, you can still distinguish the photo’s original hues.
Softens Midtones for an Old Film Look
Smooth Tones. To recreate the texture of most retro film photos, Viva 665 reduces clarity a bit. This lightens midtones and creates a softer, flatter, look. As you can see in the example above, this effect complements the previous tonal adjustments.
Even with all the lightening tweaks, notice how the preset still retains depth. The subjects of the image remain clearly defined. From these examples so far, you will notice that Viva 665 mostly layers its effects rather than alter photographic elements. It is conservative in its adjustments.
Produces Rich and Distinctly Retro Colors
Lightened Hues. The preset refines the saturation and luminance of each color through Lightroom’s HSL panel. It sets these in varying degrees, keeping in mind its layer of warm tones. This optimizes colors specifically for its vintage motif.
The preset lowers the saturation of all colors except for green. As you can see in the After photo above, this keeps the green hues of plants and trees distinguishable over the preset’s brown tint. This is, therefore, more apparent in landscape photos.
Customized Brilliance. To complete the aesthetic of this warm vintage preset, Forrest Lane adds more brilliance to colors blue, purple, and yellow. This means that resulting images would have brighter skies and skin tones. Then, for contrast, it dims and deepens that of red, orange, green, purple, and aqua.
Try to examine the before and after photos above. You can compare the amount of light on the wooden table, the woman’s denim jacket, and the skin tones.
Viva 665 is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop, and…
You can absolutely use Viva 665 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. You can get another warm vintage preset in our complete preset collection.
Need help with the presets? You can visit our guide to learn how to download presets to Lightroom.
- 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