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100 Free Lightroom Presets for Photography (and How to Use Them)

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Lightroom preset: with one click, you can apply your favorite styles to any image. In this article we look at how to create a Lightroom preset and then showcase some of the web's best free preset offerings.

How to Use Lightroom Presets

As Lightroom's popularity has increased, so has the quality of presets to modify and enhance images. Because Lightroom is a "non-destructive" image editor, we can easily try out all types of presets and not change the original image file. This makes it easier than ever to experiment with applying effects to your photos.

If you're new to Adobe Lightroom Presets, watch this quick tutorial about how to use Lightroom presets.

Top Lightroom Presets on Envato Elements

If you want professional-level presets, Envato Elements has popular, affordable Lightroom preset packs in every style. There are preset packs for everything from wedding Lightroom presets to Lightroom film presets.

And you can now take advantage of a free month of unlimited downloads when you sign up using this special link. Download Lightroom presets, Photoshop actions, stock photos, video footage, and much more. It's everything you need to take your photography to the next level—completely free.

free month of unlimited downloads of Lightroom presets
Try a free month of unlimited downloads of Lightroom presets

Top Lightroom Presets From Envato Elements

Here are just a handful of the Adobe Lightroom Presets available from Envato Elements.

1. Lightroom Presets For Portraits

If you're a portrait photographer, you've got to have the best Lightroom presets for portraits in your toolkit. And this Lightroom presets pack is a great option. The Essential Beauty Portrait Collection includes 14 unique effects that add color and depth to your portraits. Don't hesitate to try these non-destructive Lightroom presets for portraits.

Lightroom Presets For Portraits
Lightroom Presets for Portraits

2. 100 Lightroom Film Presets

This film presets pack is one of the most complete sets we've seen to give your photos a film look in a few clicks. This Lightroom preset bundle includes 100 desktop presets, 100 mobile presets, 100 Adobe Camera Raw presets and 100 universal LUTs.

100 Lightroom Film Presets
100 Lightroom Film Presets

3. 50 Light and Airy Lightroom Presets and LUTs

The light and airy Lightroom presets bundle is ideal for portrait, wedding and travel photography. You'll get 50 mobile presets, 50 classic Lightroom presets, 50 Adobe Camera Raw presets and Light and Airy LUTs.

50 Light and Airy Lightroom Presets and LUTs
50 Light and Airy Lightroom Presets and LUTs

4. 50 Premium Food Photography Lightroom Presets

This is a comprehensive suite of Lightroom presets that will give your food photos a professional, faded, and stylish finish. This food collection is a must-have for food photographers, wedding photographers, and food bloggers. With this collection, you will be able to quickly and easily add a professional finish to your food images.

50 Premium Food Photography Lightroom Presets
50 Premium Food Photography Lightroom Presets

5. Night Sky Lightroom Presets

Night Sky Lightroom Presets includes 11 unique presets that are ideal for processing the Milky Way and other starry photos.

Night Sky Lightroom Presets
Night Sky Lightroom Presets

6. Winterchrome Lightroom Presets

Add a winter holiday feel to your photography with this set of family, lifestyle and portrait presets for Lightroom. Beautiful skin-tones, warm and cold variations, and a special analog touch will make your images stand out!

Winterchrome Lightroom Presets
Winterchrome Lightroom Presets

7. Light Leaks Vol. 2: 20 Lightroom Presets

This is a set of presets for Adobe Lightroom that helps photographers to easily add a particular light effect typical of some vintage photos. All of the presets have been lovingly researched to ensure your photos look instantly amazing. They are all 100% non-destructive and work on photos with any style of lighting.

Light Leaks Vol 2 - 20 Lightroom Presets
Light Leaks Vol 2 - 20 Lightroom Presets

8. Monocrom Lightroom Black and White Presets

This Lightroom black and white presets package contains 16 premium effects that are perfect for photographers and graphic designers. They have all been created with precise calibration adjustments to bring your images to life using powerful tools and professional methods.

 Monocrom Lightroom Black and White Presets
Monocrom Lightroom Black and White Presets

9. Editorial / Magazine Lightroom Presets

Editorial photography often has that high key, bright style to make it stand out. This package of presets helps you recreate that style. Add those presets to bring a publication-ready style to your images.

Lightroom editorial preset
Lightroom Editorial preset

10. Night Photo Lightroom Presets

Ever spend a night out capturing photos as blurry as your memories? These photos capture the spirit of night photography perfectly. Use the 20 styles for your late-night photography escapades.

Night photo Lightroom Preset
Night photo Lightroom Preset

11. Manhattan Mobile & Desktop Lightroom Presets

As the preview images show, the focus of the Manhattan Lightroom preset pack is modern and fashionable styles. These would feel right at home on any of the most popular Instagram accounts. Use them for a fresh and modern photo look.

Manhattan Mobile Lightroom Preset
Manhattan Mobile Lightroom Preset

12. PRO Lightroom Landscape Presets

For photographers, half the fun of travel is capturing images on the trip. There's a certain style that brings travel photography to life, and these Lightroom landscape presets have that style. Use them to rapidly edit the countless images you shoot.

PRO Lightroom Landscape Presets
PRO Lightroom Landscape Presets

How to Install Lightroom Presets

If you've downloaded other presets, you will need to install them in Lightroom in order to use them. Here, you'll see how to install Lightroom presets. Often times, presets will come in packs in zip archives. The first step will be to extract the zip files to a folder on your computer.

Keep Your Presets Organized

After extracting the presets, the first thing that I like to do is right-click in the Preset panel and create a new folder for my downloaded presets. I like putting all of my custom presets in their own folder to keep things organized.

Create a folder to keep your presets organized

After we've created your folder for presets, all that we need to do is right-click the folder you created and then choose Import.

A window will pop up to allow us to browse to the folder with the presets we downloaded. Point it to the folder of you want to install, and then select the presets to add to Lightroom. You can select multiple presets by holding shift and clicking to select a range of presets.

Import dialog box
After choosing to import images, point Lightroom to the folder with the presets you wish to

Click Import to confirm and that's all that there is to it! Your downloaded presets are now ready to use.

How to Make a Preset in Lightroom

Don't worry if you don't know how to make a preset in Lightroom. Creating presets in Lightroom is a breeze! It takes just a few steps to create your own custom preset. The first step is to enter the Develop module by pressing "D" on the keyboard, or by clicking on Develop at top right.

Lightrooms Develop module
Develop options include all of the image tweaks you'll need to adjust your images to perfection.

Make Changes and Adjustments

Next, use the settings on the panel on the right to apply some settings to an image. You can tweak exposure, adjust curves and black levels, and even apply custom color effects. Additional options such as lens corrections are also available.

Develop options include all of the image tweaks you'll need to adjust your images to perfection.

Now that you have applied some settings to the image, you've laid the groundwork laid to create a preset with. Any settings applied to the image are now slated to be added to the preset.

Save Your Preset

On the left side, you'll see the panel that features presets. To create a new preset, all that you need to do is press the "+" button. Now, a new window appears that allows us to customize the settings to include in the preset. Each portion of the effects we applied can be either checked or unchecked to include within the preset.

Save new preset button

After you press the "+", a list of options comes up. This window uses the settings you've applied to the active image as the basis for the new preset. Unchecking each individual option allows us to exclude that adjustment from the preset.

New preset dialog box
Tick every setting you want to include in the preset.

After choosing what parts of the edit that you want to include on the edit, make sure to give it a name and then press "Save." That's it! You now have presets, ready to apply to your images.

Settings like exposure, white balance, and noise reduction typically aren't included in presets; it's better to adjust these on a case-by-case basis.

Top Free Lightroom Presets

Not ready to pay for premium Adobe Lightroom presets? Check out the Lightroom presets free downloads from around the web.

1) WhiteSnow Free Lightroom Presets

Whitesnow Lightroom preset

2) Cross Processed Look

Cross Processed Lightroom preset

3) Trey Ratcliff's Lightroom Presets (pack of 7)

Email address required.

4) Color Cream Wash Free Lightroom Presets

Color Cream Wash

Email address required. Included in pack of 5.

5) Float

Float Lightroom Preset

6) Nicolesy Matte Free Lightroom Presets

Nicolesy Matte

Email address required.

7) Cinema Stock 1

8) Soft Pastel

Soft Pastel preset

9) Guava Jelly

Email address required.

10) TVK Free Lightroom Presets

11) Grainy Matte

12) Touch of Drama

Touch of Drama Lightroom preset

Email address required. Included in pack of 5.

13) Drama Queen

14) Chic Vixen Free Lightroom Presets

15) BeArt HDR

BeArt HDR

Email address required. Included in pack of 20.

16) Vintage HDR

Vintage HDR

17) Favorite Film Free Lightroom Presets

Favorite Film Lightroom Preset

18) Binnian

Binnian Preset

Requires email address.

19) Vintage Free Lightroom Presets 

Vintage

20) Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom LR

Email address required.

21) Autumn Road

Autumn Road

Facebook page like required.

22) Romantic Matte Free Lightroom Presets

Email address required. Included in pack of 20.

23) Soft Blue

24) Film-Inspired Preset

Film Inspired Preset

25) BeArt Kodak Free Lightroom Presets

Email address required. Included in pack of 20.

26) Free HDR III

27) Turquoise

Turquoise lightroom preset

28) B&W Romance

Included in pack of 5. 

29) Film Landscape

Film Landscape

30) Vintage Eye Candy

Vintage Eye Candy Preset

31) Silver Lining

Included in pack of 5. 

32) Pink Velvet

Pink Velvet preset

33) BeArt Green Film Free Lightroom Presets

BeArt Green Film

Email address required. Included in pack of 20.

34) Old Brownie

35) Vibrant Color

Vibrant Color

36) Boost

Boost Preset

37) Summertime - HDR Time

AMR Summertime HDR

Email address required. Included in pack of 12.

38) Soft Enhance

Soft Enhance

39) Zen Portrait Free Lightroom Presets

Zen Portrait Film

Email address required.

40) Somber HDR

Somber HDR preset

Email address required. Included in pack of 20.

41) Fuji Film Portrait Style

Fuji Film Portrait style

42) Rustic Vintage

Rustic Vintage preset

43) BeArt High Contrast

BeArt High Contrast

Email address required. Included in pack of 20.

44) Soft Matte

Soft Matte

45) Pastel Haze Free Lightroom Presets

Pastel Haze

46) Shadow Crusher

47) Realistic HDR

48) Iceland Winter Edition

Iceland winter preset

Pack of 10. Email address required.

49) Film Portrait

Film Portrait

50) Soft Dreams

Soft Dreams

Email address required. Included in pack of 12.

51) Silky SnowOverlay

Silky SnowOverlay

Email address required. 

52) Vintage Landscapes

Vintage landscapes

Pack of 10. Email address required.

53) Sweet Tea

Nicolesy Sweet Tea

Email address required.

54) Color Love Free Lightroom Presets

55) BeArt Old Cinema

BeArt Old Cinema

Email address required. Included in pack of 20.

56) Graphic Tee

57) BeArt Dominic

BeArt Dominic

Email address required. Included in pack of 20.

58) High Contrast B&W

59) Tempo Free Lightroom Presets

Email address required. Included in pack of 12.

60) Forest Colors

Forest colors

Pack of 10. Email address required.

61) Detailed Matte

62) Soft Newborn Free Lightroom Presets

Soft Newborn

63) BeArt BW Film

BeArt BW Film

64) Warm B&W

Warm BW

65) Milky

66) Elegant Fade

Elegant Fade

67) August Sunset

August Sunset Preset

68) Warmth Right Free Lightroom Presets

Warmth Right LIghtroom preset

Email address required. Included in pack of 20.

69) Butterflies

Butterflies

Email address required. Included in pack of 12.

70) Zen Film 1

Zen Film 1

71) Beach Vintage

Included in pack of 4.

72) Clean Face Free Lightroom Presets

Clean Face

73) Sun Glare

Sun Glare

Included in pack of 4.

74) Marshmallow Softness - Original

Marshmallow Softness - Original

Included in pack of 4.

75) Instant Hipster - Amaro

Instant Hipster AMaro

Included in free pack of 6; download link is in sidebar.

76) Underwater Moments

Underwater Moments

77) Moody Free Lightroom Presets

Moody Lightroom preset

Download link is in the sidebar.

78) Pop Portrait

Pop portrait

79) Instant Hipster - Nashville

Instant Hipster - Nashville

Included in free pack of 6; download link is in sidebar.

80) PG Vintage Free Lightroom Presets

PG Vintage

81) Soft Wash

Email address required. Included in pack of 20.

82) Vintage Garden

Vintage garden lightroom preset

83) Gobustan

Gobustan

Download link in the sidebar.

84) Amroco Free Lightroom Presets

Amroco

85) Cheap B&W Film

86) Summer Memories

Summer Memories

Email address required. Included in pack of 12.

87) Blue Enhance

Blue Enhance

88) Free Dragan Style Preset

Free Dragan Style Preset

Download link is in the description.

89) Wet Plate Chocolate Shadows

Wet Plate Chocolate Shadows

Email address required. Included in pack of 5.

90) Matte Film

Matte Film

Pack of 2. Download link is in the sidebar.

91) Marshmallow Softness - Vivid

Marshmallow Softness - Vivid

Pack of 4. Download link is in the sidebar.

92) Zen Film B&W

93) Mysterious Preset

Mysterious Preset

94) Horns Free Lightroom Presets

Horns

Download link is in the sidebar.

95) Light Leak

Light Leak Preset

Download link is in the sidebar.

96) Purple Nature

Purple Nature

97) Instant Hipster - Inkwell

Instant Hipster - Inkwell

Pack of 4. Download link is in the sidebar.

98) Junior Preset

Download link is in the sidebar.

99) Sepia Vintage

Sepia Vintage

100) Instant B&W

Instant BW

Improve You Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Skills

If you're interested in Lightroom presets, these tutorials will feed your preset habit:

  1. Many of the presets in this tutorial are stylistic presets that style the entire image. Check out my tutorial on Toolkit presets to learn about presets that speed up your workflow.
  2. Harry Guinness has a great tutorial, "In Defence of Presets" where he shares his own reasons for using presets.
  3. Learn how to make Creative Color Adjustments in Adobe Lightroom, and then save them as presets.

What are your favorite Lightroom presets? Let me know in the comments.

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