A photo of a vintage Volkswagen van

Warm Vintage is a free Lightroom preset that gives any colored photo a retro look and feel. It coats it with yellow and elegant brown tones to simulate the iconic style of vintage analog cameras. This aged film style can be applied to various types of photography.

This preset can also be used on photos shot both indoors and outdoors, like portraits and landscapes. It does not rely on lighting much. Its consistent effect can be used as an Instagram filter, too. It would not only add a nostalgic atmosphere but also apply a professional and cohesive look throughout your feed.

Creates a Vintage Look

A warm brown photo of eyeglasses on a stack of books

Vintage Film. The preset begins by lowering the exposure of an image. This decreases the amount of light; after all, retro photos, realistically, look quite dim. It is part of the original aesthetic.

Warm Vintage creates its signature look by applying a brown tint in highlights and shadows. This means that light and dark regions would have balanced levels of chocolate brown hues. You can see how these blend well in the After photo above. Examine the books, the eyeglasses, and the fabric in the background.

To complete the film style, the preset further increases sharpening and applies vignetting. After all, even with their soft tones, many retro films did produce sharp textures. The vignetting is also, of course, an expected effect in vintage photography. It is stylistically essential, plus it beautifully frames the entire photo.

Moderates the Intensity of Colors

A vibrant retro portrait of a woman wearing a black shirt and a red bandana

Vibrant and Natural. The preset moderates the intensity of its hues by balancing its vibrance and contrast levels: it lowers vibrance while it amplifies contrast. You can see the effect of these adjustments in the After photo above.

First of all, notice how dramatic the portrait is now because of the warm vintage tones. See how the colors look vibrant and not faded or washed out. Examine the woman's skin tones, her red bandana, and the vivid tattoo of a butterfly on her arm. All elements in the photo look crisp and well defined.

Softens and Lightens Tones

Softened Tones. The preset softens light and dark regions to create the old film effect. This is, after all, essential for the look. It mutes highlights and lightens shadows even in the tone curve. These settings not only soften the look of the image but also help reveal details that are otherwise concealed in intense tones.

In the After photo above, observe how the narrowed tonal range affects the entire atmosphere of the image. Even with such a simple composition, the photo is now more compelling. Notice, too, how the lightened tones blend with the warm, coffee brown tones.

Refines Color Saturation and Luminance

Refined Hues. Warm Vintage refines its colors under Lightroom's HSL panel. It begins by fine-tuning color saturation; to reinforce its warm retro motif, it decreases the saturation of all colors at varying levels. These tweaks thus produce less-dense, dimmer, colors — all geared towards reproducing the unforgettable film look.

In contrast, the preset increases the luminance levels of yellow, purple, and magenta hues. These, after all, commonly affect earth and skin tones. As a result, these colors look more brilliant than the others. In the example above, see how the added luster even helps add life to the majestic landscape.

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

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Warm Vintage 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
  • 100% Free

This Free Lightroom Preset was last updated on April 15, 2020




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