White Snow free Lightroom preset adds a serene layer of aqua onto winter photos. It also heightens the cold look and feel with its softened tones. All its refined effects give images a dramatic and ethereal atmosphere.
This is also perfect to use as an Instagram filter; it will make a set of snowy images, or even an entire feed, look professionally cohesive.
Tints the Image with a Layer of Aqua Hues
Frigid Hues. The most defining look of this preset are the shades of aqua that coat the images. They are subtle, somewhat like pastel hues. They create a magical effect especially over the whiteness of snow.
Examine the After photo above. As a result, the entire scene looks colder, making the freezing temperatures more palpable. Notice, too, how the effect does not look flat — the preset retains much depth and detail. This is because it isn't a simple layer of color: White Snow, instead, adds the blue tones to highlights and shadows. These are then balanced out by a slight increase in color temperature and contrast.
Lightens Dark Areas for Softer Tones
Lightens. To go with its soft and cool aesthetic, the preset further lightens blacks and shadows. With these adjustments, you do not get any harsh tones. Dark areas stylistically appear muted and blend well with the predominant whiteness of wintertime.
White Snow preset refines this effect further by applying the same to the tone curve. You can easily notice the result in the example above. The dog's black fur in the After photo now looks lighter and with a tinge of blue like the rest of the scene.
Lowers Saturation for a Cold Winter Feel
Winter Hues. Like the tones mentioned previously, the preset softens the intensity of colors as well. It does this by lowering the saturation, more so for orange, blue, purple, and magenta.
You can examine this in the above image. The mountain's colors look muted yet add to the overall cold feel. Even with the soft and somewhat hazy motif, see how the preset retains detail. The mountain still looks crisp and clear.
Sharpens Details and Adds Vignetting
Refined Textures. Given the importance of showing textures in landscapes, the preset sharpens images further. It does so moderately, not to the extent of looking artificial. You can observe the result of this improvement in the above photo.
Then, as a finishing touch, White Snow adds vignetting. Not only does it draw attention to the subject, but it also aesthetically serves as an accent against the monotonous whiteness of snow.
White Snow is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...
Like all our presets, you can absolutely use White Snow 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 December 21, 2019