Winter Light free Lightroom preset gives your winter photos a magical feel. It accentuates the season's understated hues with adjustments in contrast, saturation, and tones. Your photos will have artistic shades of violet-magenta. Even snow will look more defined with this preset.
With this distinct look, Winter Light is an ideal seasonal Instagram filter. It makes some elements of the image pop against the snow. It thus works well on outdoor photos, especially those rich tones and natural light.
Amplifies Hues with a Contrast Boost
Intensified Colors. Outdoor winter photos usually do not exhibit that many colors. White, of course, would be everywhere because of the snow. You will not get greens in this season, nor would the sky look vividly blue.
The good thing is that you can use Winter Light preset to draw out those subtle hues in your shot. Its highlights would look somewhat golden, and its shadows crisp with magenta.
Moderates Tones for a More Defined Look
Balanced Tones. To draw out the details as much as possible, the preset softens highlights and shadows. This makes sure that your image would have no overblown highlights and harsh shadows.
As a result, you have a well-defined image. You can examine the photo above as an example. Even if the After picture is much brighter, you can still notice the textures of the trees and the soft shadows in the snow.
The preset refines this effect further by applying a custom tone curve and RGB channel settings. The blend of these improvements produces that signature cool yet elegant look.
Intensifies Blacks for Added Depth
Deep Blacks. To complement the previous batch of settings, Winter Light deepens blacks and applies some darkening adjustments in the tone curve region settings. As a result, dark areas look crisp and full.
Amplifies Midtones for a Bolder Look
Crisp Midtones. You can easily see the difference in tone and color in the image above. Because of Winter Light's boost in clarity, the man's maroon bonnet looks vivid. See how his coat also looks greener.
To give the photo a nice soft-matte polish, the preset also lowers vibrance a bit. It is just enough to give it a bolder tone.
Applies a Thorough Adjustment in Saturation and Luminance
Color Mix. In this batch of settings, you can see how Winter Light finely adjusts colors. Because of the predominant cool tones in winter photos, the preset bumps up the saturation of yellow and orange — this adds some much-needed warmth. Then, it also heightens some aqua and blue hues to make any water surface look bluer.
On the other hand, Winter Light also decreases the saturation of purple and magenta. This adds to the stylish look and feel of the preset. Then, it goes on to lower the luminance of some colors to match the neutral, yet ethereal, appeal of snow.
Winter Light is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...
Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Winter Light 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 27, 2020