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40 Free Black-and-White Presets for Lightroom to Convert Photos to Monochrome


Adobe Lightroom is an amazing piece of software that can style your images in countless ways; with options to adjust contrast, the tone curve, colors, grain, and so much more! This article has a showcase of 40+ of the best free Lightroom presets and some top premium Lightroom black and white presets for converting photos to black and white, and you'll also learn how to make your own presets.

Vintage  Black and White Lightroom Film Presets
The Vintage Black and White Lightroom Film Presets are available on Envato Elements

With all of these options, it can be overwhelming to decide how to style an image. This is one of the many reasons to use Adobe Lightroom presets. Presets are saved settings from talented photographers that you can apply to your images with just one click. If you want to experiment with a monochromatic look, it's easy to try out Adobe Lightroom presets with your photos to see how you feel about them.

One-Click Black and White Conversions With Premium Presets

Creating black-and-white images is far more than a simple conversion; there is plenty of  latitude for how we apply the change from color to monochrome.

Envato Elements, has a very strong collection of Lightroom black and white presets, and in the next section I'll highlight three of my favorite for black and white. All of these projects are included as part of a subscription to Envato Elements.

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Free Lightroom presets for 30 days

Here's a small sample of the best premium Lightroom black and white presets on Elements.

1. Vintage Black and White Lightroom Film Presets

If you're a fan of the film look and black and white photography, you'll love these Adobe Lightroom presets.

These Lightroom film presets must be in you toolkit. The Lightroom black and white presets pack comes with 42 vintage presets that replicate three iconic film looks: Agfa, Ilford and Kodak.

Vintage Black and White Lightroom Film Presets
Vintage Black and White Lightroom Film Presets

2. Black and White Lightroom Develop Presets

This Lightroom black and white presets pack is one of our popular items. The Adobe Lightroom presets will look great for landscape and portraits. This Lightroom black and white presets bundle comes with 25 non-destructive presets.

Black and White Lightroom Develop Presets
Black and White Lightroom Develop Presets

3. Lightroom Black and White Presets Bundle

This Lightroom black and white presets pack includes everything you need to turn your pictures into black & white works of art.

The Adobe Lightroom presets pack includes 12 non-destructive presets for Lightroom and 12 Camera Raw presets.

Lightroom Black and White Presets Bundle
Lightroom Black and White Presets Bundle

4. Blacktone Lightroom Black and White Presets

The Blacktone pack has ten unique conversions included. One of the best reasons to grab this and try it out is the variety of looks included in it. You can apply everything from a contrasty conversion to a matte effect thanks to the different preset files.

Lightroom Black and White Presets
Blacktone Lightroom Black and White Presets

5. Monochromatic Lightroom Black and White Presets

The second edition of the Monochromatic preset pack has 20 different ways to style your images, ranging from high contrast looks to warm black and white conversions.

Monochromatic Lightroom Presets
Monochromatic Lightroom Black and White Presets

6. Creative Lightroom Black and White Presets

Just as the name implies, this set of presets is all about getting creative with your conversions. The 18 different presets in this file aren't all for black and white adjustments, but don't miss out on options like the "Luxury" and "Grey Tone" looks included.

Creative 2 Lightroom Presets
Creative Lightroom Black and White Presets

How to Create Your Own Presets in Lightroom

Saving your own presets in Lightroom is quick and easy. In the screencast below, I'll show how you can copy the edit settings from one image and use them on future images.

Free Black and White Lightroom Presets

Here are over 40 of the best free black-and-white conversion presets for Adobe Lightroom that we could find. Note that these presets are hosted by their authors. Enjoy!

1. Elegant B&W Free Lightroom Presets

Elegant BW

Click "Download the free preset."

2. Dark Contrast

Dark Contrast Preset

3. Free High Contrast Preset

Free High Contrast

4. B&W Romance Free Lightroom Presets 

BW Romance Preset

5. Sharp B&W Preset

Sharp Black and White Preset

6. Instant B&W

Instant Black  White Preset

7. Old Soul Free Lightroom Presets

Old Soul Lightroom Preset

8. Ksouth's BnW

BnW Preset

9. B and W

B and W

10. Black and White HDR

Black and White HDR

11. Aged Matte B&W

Aged Matte BW

Click on the "download the preset" link to grab the preset.

12. Sparkling Free Lightroom Presets

Sparkling BW preset

13. Grunge B&W

Grunge BW Preset

Included in large pack of presets; email address required.

14. Aged B&W Print

Nicolesy Aged BW

Email address required.

15. Grit Free Lightroom Presets

Flixelpix Grit

Pay what you wish; email address required.

16. B&W Infrared

BW Infrared Preset

17. Silhouette


18. Fuji Acros 100

Fuji Acros 100

Included in large pack of presets.

19. B&W Nights Free Lightroom Presets

BW Nights

20. Contrast Preset

Contrast Preset

21. Cool B&W

Cool BW preset

22. Grey Gray

Grey Gray Preset

23. Naturally B&W

Naturally BW preset

24. Little Rascals B&W

Little Rascals BW

Included in pack of 8; Facebook "like" and email address required.

25. Faux Film X

Faux Film X

Included in pack of 10.

26. Mono Fade Free Lightroom Presets

Mono Fade Lightroom Preset

27. Bold and Black

Bold and black

Included in large pack; email address required.

28. Eric Kim Monochrome 1600

Eric Kim Monochrome 1600

Included in pack of 2.

29. Legacy Pro 1600

Legacy Pro 1600 Preset

30. Phottix B&W Portrait

Phottix BW

Included in pack of 3; email address required.

31. Faded Film Look

Faded Film Look

32. Aesthetic Artz

Aesthetic Artz Preset

Included in pack of 2.

33. B&W Landscape

BW Landscape preset

34. B&W - You Did What? Preset

BW You Did What Preset

Included in pack of 7; email address required.

35. LSL B&W Matte

LSL BW Matte

Email address required; included in pack of 3.

36. Pictorial B&W

Pictorial BW

37. Shuttersweets - Monochromatic

Shuttersweets Monochromatic

Included in pack of 20; email address required.

38. Silver Screen Free Lightroom Presets

Silver Screen Preset

39. W - The Quantum Collection

W preset

Choose the zero bucks option or pay what you want.

40. LSL B&W Clean

LSL BW Clean

Included in pack of 3; email address required.

41. Ilford Delta Free Lightroom Presets

Ilford Delta

Included in large pack.

Keep Learning

This article showcases 40+ of the best black and white presets, but there's no reason to stop here! If you want to learn more about Adobe Lightroom or Lightroom presets, check out the links below. Envato Elements has an entire section dedicated to Lightroom presets, including colorful presets not included in this tutorial. We also recently updated our 100 Free Lightroom Presets article with a huge listing of presets of all types. The Tuts+ Photo & Video section has an extensive library of Lightroom tutorials to level up your Lightroom skills.

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