The 53 Best Lightroom Presets: Free and Paid

January 05

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Lightroom presets can streamline your workflow and help you create a professional photography portfolio in no time. This list of the best free and paid Lightroom presets will help get you started.

Have you ever wished you could make your photographs pop with a simple click of a button? Luckily, Lightroom makes this easier than ever. A simple internet search will come up with thousands of Lightroom presets, ranging from simple black and white to high contrast to vintage. Some can be downloaded for free, while others cost a small amount. Yet once you own a preset, you can use it over and over again to create consistency in your images. Some presets are designed for specific types of photography, such as weddings, portraits, or landscapes. Others can be applied to a wide range of subjects. 

Free Lightroom Presets

1. Skylum Presets 

Presets help speed up the editing process. If you don’t have tons of time, presets are a great way to quickly edit volumes of photos. Skylum comes with the best Lightroom presets available, including Film Noir, Lush Details, and Moody Movie. 

You can find more in the Luminar Marketplace to make the editing process easier. Check out awesome presets from Cinematic Color Looks and Capture Your Wanderlust packs.

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2. Professional Lightroom Black and White Presets 

This collection of 10 presets allows you to transform your photographs into timeless black and white images with the click of a button. Choose from matte, HDR, old film, soften skin, improve clarity, and more. These presets are perfect for any type of photography, from wedding to landscape. 

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3. The complete Sleeklens Lightroom collection

Sleeklens provides presets for Lightroom, Photoshop, and Luminar. It has thousands of presets that cover a wide range of photography styles and creative effects. The presets are organized based on photography styles (portraits, landscape, wedding, travel, fashion, HDR.) and based on a certain look (golden hour, vintage, autumn, natural light, cinematic and film). Sleeklens aims to give you exactly what you need whether you’re a beginner or a professional photographer.

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4. Pastel Lightroom Presets

This beautiful collection of pastel presets will give your photographs gentle pastel tones no matter the lighting conditions. These presets are great for wedding and portrait photography, as they add soft, warm tones while smoothing skin. 

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5. Matte Lightroom Presets

These matte presets instantly make any photograph look as if it was printed on matte paper. This collection is especially useful if you want to soften your shadows, slightly wash out your colors, and add a dreamy, atmospheric feel to your images. With Matte Lightroom Presets, all of the blacks will have a slightly faded quality.

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6. Visual Flow Lightroom Presets

Visual Flow Lightroom Presets are unique because they use a system of Lighting Condition Based Development (LCBD).   Each pack contains presets for the most common lighting conditions that photographers face.  This includes soft light, hard light/flash, fluorescent light/green tint, HDR, and others.  So while many presets out there are made for perfect light, these are more practical and usable for most photographers, especially wedding and event photographers facing a variety of lighting conditions.  If you’re looking for a fast and powerful system, this is a Lightroom Preset system to consider.

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7. BeArt Presets

This bundle of 10 free presets instantly boosts color, improves skin tone, and increases contrast without making images look overdone. BeArt presets instantly brighten images while making them look crisp and clean. This preset pack is great for all styles of photography, from portrait to landscape.

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8. Lightroom Urban Presets

Ten different urban presets are great for those looking to add clarity to their images without resorting to HDR. These are best used on grungy, street-style photographs, as they instantly boost clarity and contrast. 

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9. Lightgram Free Presets 

Fifteen different Lightroom presets will instantly add a new dimension to your portraits. Choose from a variety of looks, from muted, matte tones to a boost of contrast and color. 

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10. Skyfall 

This preset adds a unique pink color to skies while decreasing contrast and adding moody tones. It is especially suited for landscape images shot on cloudy days, although it could also work well for dramatic portraits. 

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11. Luc Besson 

This preset instantly gives your photographs a bold, vintage feel without going over the top with contrast and color. Inspired by old film stocks, Luc Besson instantly adds a slight film grain, a boost of contrast, and deep, moody tones. It’s great for landscapes, food photography, and portraits. 

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12. No Man Before Lightroom Presets

This pack of four Lightroom presets was specifically created with travel photography in mind. The presets are perfectly designed to make your photographs – especially landscapes – pop by adding a wonderful glow and warm tone that instantly improve your images. 

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13. Let’s Get Lost 

Let’s Get Lost is every small business owner’s dream. With one click you can instantly transform your photographs into clean, crisp, hipster-style images that look like they were taken directly out of a magazine. This versatile preset is great for any style of photography. 

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14. Landscape Photography Lightroom Preset

Designed with landscapes in mind, this preset makes your images stand out from the crowd. It enriches colors, improves clarity, and brings out details you didn’t even know existed. 

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15. Outdoor Lightroom Preset 

Instantly lighten any image taken outdoors. While this is best used on landscape images, it can also work well for portraits and still lifes. This Outdoor Lightroom Preset brightens photographs, improves color tone, and gently boosts contrast. 

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16. Fantasy Mobile & Desktop Lightroom Preset

This preset instantly transforms your portraits into images straight out of a fairy tale. A simple click will boost contrast and desaturate certain tones so you’re left with a mix of red, orange, and blue. 

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17. Wedding Contrast Preset

If you’re looking for a simple way to boost your images without tweaking the tones too much, this preset will become your go-to. When your SOOC images are looking dull, simply use this preset to instantly brighten and increase contrast. The Wedding Contrast Preset is best used on images that aren’t too bright or saturated. 

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18. Portrait Matte Lightroom Preset

This is the ideal preset for photographs that should have a lot of colors but seem to be lacking. It instantly boosts the vibrance, slightly increases the saturation, and crushes the blacks so the contrast isn’t too intense. 

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19. Cinematic Landscapes Lightroom Presets

It can be hard for a photograph to do justice to an incredible landscape. If you haven’t managed to capture the perfect image, these presets will help you bring your photographs to the next level. This collection of 35 cinematic presets will create images that look like they’re stills from a beautiful film. 

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20. Sweet Tones Lightroom Preset

This preset is great for those who want to create a consistent look in their portfolios. Whether you’re shooting weddings, landscapes, or flat lays, the Sweet Tones preset gives you beautiful crushed blacks, a matte finish, desaturated colors, and increased purple and pink tones. 

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21. Lifestyle Blogger Preset

The Lifestyle Blogger preset is the perfect all-around preset. It instantly brightens, warms, and slightly desaturates an image to gently bring out the best in the subject. 

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22. Travel Preset

If you’re looking to increase warmth, slightly boost contrast, and reduce highlights, look no further. The Travel preset was made with landscapes in mind and boosts clarity and vibrance while gently decreasing saturation. 

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23. VSCO Film Preset 

This preset is a great way to gently improve images without looking like you slapped a filter on them. It was created to mimic the look of Kodak Ektacolor Pro 160 film and adds a little bit of contrast, clarity, and vibrance. 

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24. Santorini Preset

The Santorini preset increases the brightness of whites while adding pops of vibrant blue and gentle red tones. This preset is best used on landscape images that include a body of water. It’s bright, bold, and summery. 

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25. Studio Preset

The Studio preset is a great choice for fashion and portrait photographers who want their images to have a dramatic flair. It instantly increases contrast, improves color tones, and creates a moody atmosphere. 

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26. Flat White Preset 

Flat White gives consistently beautiful results with portraits, landscapes, wedding photography, and more. It gently boosts brightness and contrast while adding slight cool tones to create a calm atmosphere. 

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27. Birds & Wings Preset

Instantly make your photographs look like they were taken straight from the pages of National Geographic. The Birds & Wings preset boosts brightness and contrast while improving color and smoothing imperfections. While it makes wildlife images pop, this preset is great for all types of photography.

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28. Colorful / Noise Reduction Presets

This collection of 10 presets was created specifically for portraits. Improve brightness, contrast, and color tone while smoothing imperfections and perfecting skin tone. 

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Paid Lightroom Presets

29. Wedding Lightroom Presets Collection – $33.99

This collection offers 30 different presets that can be used in a variety of lighting conditions. Whether you’re shooting indoors or outdoors, in direct sunlight or under cloudy skies, there’s a preset in this pack that will make your wedding photographs stand out from the crowd. The look is bright, airy, and modern. 

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30. Portrait Lightroom Presets – $29.99

For just $30, you get a whopping 70 presets, all designed to make your portraits pop. These presets are divided into seven categories: basic, matte color, clarity, portrait lighting, soften skin, black and white, and Heinrich looks. This bundle also includes adjustment brushes so you can manually add makeup, smooth skin, and enhance eyes. 

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31. Golden Hour Lightroom Presets – $19.99

This pack of 15 golden hour presets gives you a handful of ways to recreate the golden glow of the golden hour – the period right after sunrise and right before sunset. Busy schedules can make it difficult to schedule a shoot during this small window. These presets give you the perfect warm tint no matter what time of day your images were shot! 

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32. Noir et Blanc Lightroom Presets – $6.99

This preset pack allows you to instantly transform your images from color to timeless black and white. The gentle addition of film grain makes your photographs look as though you just processed them in an old-fashioned darkroom. Three different presets allow you to perfect the richness of black and white photography no matter your lighting conditions. 

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33. Analog Film Lightroom Presets – $19.99

This pack of film-inspired Lightroom presets gives you over 100 styles to choose from. All of these presets have been inspired by old film stocks, including from Kodak, Fujifilm, and Agfa. Enjoy a combination of both color and black and white presets, ensuring there’s something for everyone. 

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34. FoodKit – $19

This collection offers 42 presets to make your food images pop. These presets – ranging from bright and crisp to dark and moody – are also great for wedding and portrait photography. You can choose a preset based on color tone, from cool to warm.

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35. Lifestyle Film Lightroom Presets – $16 

This collection of 19 presets gives you a variety of ways to recreate that classic film look. This pack is perfect for those who aren’t looking for perfect color tones. It’s created for people who are intrigued by the colors that appear during cross-processing.

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36. Phil Chester Presets: Signature Collection – $75

This collection includes four color and two black and white presets. While it’s pricey, it offers a great starting point for aspiring professional photographers. The presets prioritize clean, crisp images that stand the test of time. 

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37. Elle-May Presets – $30

Five different presets allow you to create images that look as though they were taken straight out of an old magazine. This collection emphasizes nostalgia, film grain, crushed blacks, soft light, and deep, moody tones. 

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38. Lightgram Wedding Presets – $99

With 530 presets for less than $100, this collection is a great deal. It will help you streamline your editing process. Matte look, pastel, dark and moody, and black and white are only a handful of the presets you’ll find. 

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39. Lightgram Magazine Lightroom Presets – $29

Twenty different presets will instantly transform your snapshots into clean, crisp, magazine-quality images. This collection includes a range of styles, from cross-processed to high contrast to varying color tones. 

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40. Lightgram Light Leaks Lightroom Presets – $29 

This collection of 19 presets will instantly add a hip vibe to any image. They work best on summery images, such as beach landscapes and portraits on a bright day. Choose from a variety of presets that all add unique light leak effects. 

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41. Out of the Shadows HDR Lightroom Presets – $20

Instantly transform your images using these 64 HDR presets. Instead of shooting multiple images at different exposures, all you need to do is click a button. These presets create crisp, sharp, high-contrast images without going over the top. This collection is specifically designed for landscape, street, and architectural photography. 

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42. Aura Laborar Night Lightroom Presets – $31

Do you find that your nighttime images lack punch? This collection of 122 presets was specifically designed for night photography. Add subtle color to your skies, lighten shadows, and increase contrast to make your images stand out. 

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43. Newborn Delights Lightroom Presets – $31

This collection of 57 presets was designed to enhance your newborn photography. All of these presets result in soft colors, tones, and contrast without overdoing it. Light adjustment presets allow you to adjust the intensity and direction of the light. 

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44. Skin Tone Presets Collection – $29

With 20 different presets to choose from, you can be sure to instantly improve your subject’s skin with the click of a button. Whether you’re looking to smooth skin, increase detail, or get the perfect tone, there’s a preset in this bundle for you. 

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45. Moody Tones Presets Collection – $29 

Give your photographs a clean matte finish while adding deep, warm tones. This collection of 22 moody presets is perfect for wedding photography, portraits, landscapes, and more. Twenty color presets and two black and white presets will instantly make your photographs rich, dark, and moody. 

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46. Food Collection Premium Lightroom Presets – $19 

Transform your blog with the click of a mouse. This collection of 50 modern presets gives you professional looking images with a matte finish. While originally designed for food photography, these presets also work well for wedding photographers, portrait photographers, and lifestyle bloggers. 

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47. Rustic Wedding Presets – $19 

This collection of 50 presets is the ideal starting point for any aspiring wedding photographer. These presets offer natural, warm tones, film-inspired styles, and a slight matte finish. 

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48. The Superior Interior Lightroom Presets – $31

This impressive collection includes 130 real estate presets along with 16 brushes that allow you to edit your photos to perfection. Specifically designed with real estate photography in mind, these presets will help you achieve beautiful, modern images under any lighting conditions. 

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49. Nightfall Presets – $9 

Add mystery to any image. Instantly transform your evening and night photos into dark, moody scenes. If photographs were taken during the day, this collection of 30 dark tone presets can make them appear as if they were taken at dusk! 

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50. Pro Cityscape Lightroom Presets – $39 

Designed with cityscape and architectural photography in mind, this collection of 25 presets works great for images taken both at night and during the day. Each preset improves color tone, boosts contrast and clarity, and produces magazine-quality images. 

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51. Moody Lightroom Presets – $15 

This collection of 25 presets is ideal for bloggers, influencers, and anyone who is trying to maintain a consistent photographic style. Each preset boosts contrast, adds a matte finish, and produces a range of unique color tones. 

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52. Dark Tones Presets – $19 

Ten color presets and one black and white preset make up this Dark Tones bundle. Designed to be used for fashion, lifestyle, and portrait photography, these presets quickly add warm tones, fade colors, add grain, and increase clarity. 

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53. Black and White Lightroom Presets – $19 

If you’ve ever converted an image to black and white in Lightroom, you know the process isn’t that simple. This pack of 10 black and white presets will ensure you get beautiful, timeless results every time. 

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Using presets can streamline your workflow and help you create a professional portfolio in no time. Keep in mind that using a preset won’t fix major problems with the original image. For photographs shot in poor lighting or with incorrect exposure, presets may not give you the results you desire. Each preset comes with example photographs that show you before and after results. For the best results, try to mimic the lighting and exposure conditions in the example photographs as best as possible. 

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