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Top 40 Best Free Lightroom Presets in 2021

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Lightroom Presets are small predetermined settings files that, once installed, and with just a single click, can be used to apply specific and often stunning effects to your photos instantly. They serve a very similar purpose as Photoshop actions that would be used in Photoshop to apply a specific type of effect to a photo.

Most web and graphic designers use Photoshop daily as one of the main tools of the trade. Photoshop is incredibly powerful for designing and photo editing, but Adobe also has Lightroom, which can be used for processing/editing photos and the organization of photo files.

As a designer, you probably work with a lot of images, including those provided by clients, purchased stock photos, downloaded free stock photos, and possibly even your own photos. Because designers work with so many photos and are also photography enthusiasts, Lightroom has become increasingly popular even outside the circles of just professional photographers.

Also helping to boost Lightroom’s popularity is its inclusion in Adobe’s Creative Cloud. If you have a Creative Cloud subscription for software like Photoshop and Illustrator, you also have access to Lightroom.

The early versions of Lightroom included basic functionality for editing photos, but the Library Module for organizing photos was equally important. Since photographers can easily build up an archive of thousands of photos, keeping them organized is essential. But over the years, with each new version, Lightroom’s Develop Module has become increasingly powerful, and Lightroom users find themselves opening Photoshop less and less.

One of the best ways to take advantage of Lightroom’s capabilities, especially if you are just getting started with the program, is to make use of presets.

Presets can help to speed up your editing workflow, allow you to get amazing effects that you might not be able to duplicate on your own, and they can also serve as an excellent educational resource if you want to learn how to create different types of effects. There are many presets available for purchase, but there are also many that you can download for free.

Finding the best free presets can be a little challenging because you need to weed through a lot of lower quality options as well, so this extensive collection was compiled to showcase some of the best free presets that you can download.

Film Effect Lightroom Presets

These presets will give your digital photos a film-like appearance. These effects are often somewhat subtle but can help to create gorgeous photos.

1. Free Portrait Photography Lightroom Preset (Free)

With the help of this preset, you’ll give your portraits a grittier feel and you can apply it with a single click.

Free Portrait Photography Lightroom Preset

2. The Editorial Collection v2 (Envato Elements)

If you want to make your photos look like they belong on the cover of a magazine, try this preset. You will find 13 presets compatible with both JPEG and RAW files.

The Editorial Collection v2

3. Film-Inspired Lightroom Preset (Free)

This film-inspired Lightroom preset will give your photos a classic film look. You can apply it to all kinds of photos, including landscape, outdoors, portraits, and more.

Free Film Lightroom Preset

4. Film Desktop & Mobile Lightroom Preset (Free)

This is another film-inspired Lightroom preset but the difference is that this set gives your photos a soft, washed out look. Use it to produce an interesting effect on your portrait photos.

Free Film Lightroom Preset

5. Anniversary Lightroom Presets – Volume I (Envato Elements)

This set of presets contains 20 different presets designed with couple, senior, and portrait photography in mind. A few notable features include authentic color tones, moody atmosphere, and film imitation.

Anniversary Lightroom Presets Volume I

6. Sunny Landscape Lightroom Presets (Envato Elements)

Try this preset collection if you like shooting a lot of landscapes, sunrise or sunset photos. The collection comes with 30 different presets that support RAW, NEF, DNG, JPG, and TIFF formats.

Sunny Landscape Lightroom Presets

7. Vintage Film Lightroom Preset (Free)

Use this vintage preset whenever you need to make your photos appear more vintage. The preset will apply a nice-looking, soft vintage effect that will make your photos stand out.

Free Vintage Film Lightroom Preset

8. Grainy Matte Lightroom Preset (Free)

Matte effects are a popular effect for portrait photography and thanks to this preset, you no longer have to create it from scratch each and every time.

Free Grainy Matte Lightroom Preset

9. Newborn Lightroom Presets (Envato Elements)

This preset collection was designed with newborn photography in mind. A total of 20 presets will add various effects such as soft light, soft black and white, vintage, amazing eyes, and more.

Newborn Lightroom Presets

10. Faded Lightroom Preset (Free)

Try this preset if you want to add a nice-looking faded effect to your photos. This effect works well with a variety of photos, including city scapes, landscapes, outdoors, portraits, and more.

Faded Free Lightroom Preset

11. I’m Blogger 50 Lightroom Presets (Envato Elements)

You will find a grand total of 50 presets, perfect for travel, fashion, lifestyle, food, and other photography styles. Use it to make your blog stand out.

Im Blogger 50 Lightroom Presets

Seasonal Effect Lightroom Presets

12. Summer Haze Lightroom Presets (Free)

These free Lightroom presets will give your summer photos a gentle and subtle haze effect that will allow you to capture the moment perfectly.

Summer Haze free lightroom presets addon

13. Autumn Color Boost HDR Lightroom Preset (Free)

Boost the dynamic range and make those fall colors really pop with this Autumn Color Boost HDR Lightroom preset. The preset works with Lightroom 4 and newer versions.

Autumn Color Boost Free HDR Lightroom Preset

14. Dark Forest Tales Mobile & Desktop Lightroom Presets (Free)

You can create atmospheric photos with this collection of free Lightroom presets. There are twelve presets, with each offering a slightly different effect.

Dark Forest Tales Mobile Desktop free lightroom presets addon

15. Autumn Forest Desktop & Mobile Lightroom Presets (Free)

This small collection of free presets will allow you to give your forest or nature photos a moody look and feel.

Autumn Forest Desktop Mobile free lightroom presets addon

HDR Effects Lightroom Presets

Lightroom is great for allowing you to increase the dynamic range of a photo. The most recent version (Lightroom CC) includes a new HDR merge feature, but in order to do that you will need multiple exposures of the same scene. If you are working with a single photo, you can get an HDR appearance with these presets.

UltraPOP Lightroom Presets
(Envato Elements)

Add new life to your photos with this UltraPOP preset for Lightroom. The collection contains 20 different presets, each of which adds a unique pop of color to your photos.

UltraPOP Lightroom Presets

17. HDR Lightroom Preset (Free)

For a more dramatic look, consider using this HDR preset for Lightroom. You will be able to quickly apply all the effects needed to produce a true HDR look.

Free HDR Lightroom Preset

18. Flowerage Portrait Presets for Lightroom & ACR (Envato Elements)

These Flowerage Portrait presets for Lightroom are perfect for wedding and art photography. The collection works well with natural light portraiture with lots of greens and flowers.

Flowerage Portrait Presets for Lightroom & ACR

19. Cinematic HDR Lightroom Preset (Free)

This is another HDR preset for Lightroom but this time you will get a cinematic look. This preset is perfect for landscape and nature photos and works with Lightroom 4, 5, 6, and CC.

Free Cinematic HDR Lightroom Preset

20. HDR Lightroom Preset (Free)

This HDR Lightroom preset will make any photo appear more somber and works well with portrait photography. You can also tweak the preset to your liking.

HDR Free Lightroom Preset

21. FoodKit – Food Presets for Lightroom & ACR (Envato Elements)

Any food or event photographer will find this preset handy. Not only will you be able to make your photos look yummy, you’ll also be able to speed up your workflow significantly.

FoodKit Food Presets for Lightroom ACR

22. Strong HDR Lightroom Preset (Free)

Try this mobile and desktop HDR Lightroom preset if you want to make your photos appear bold and dramatic. The preset works with Lightroom 4 and higher.

Free Strong HDR Lightroom Preset

23. Artistic vol. 3 Lightroom Presets (Envato Elements)

This pack of Lightroom presets contains 26 different presets with artistic look and feel. They are compatible with Lightroom 4 and up and work with both JPG and RAW images.

Artistic vol 3 Lightroom Presets

24. Black & White HDR Lightroom Preset (Free)

This preset makes it easy to apply the black and white effect to any photo and keep the deep, beautiful blacks.

Black White HDR Lightroom Preset

Color Effect Lightroom Presets

There are all kinds of options for working with color in Lightroom. With some dull photos, you may want to make the colors pop, and in other cases, you may want to use a faded effect instead. You can also bring a blue sky to life or enhance autumn colors in a nature photo.

25. Color Pop Lightroom Preset (Free)

Bring your photos to life by adding a pop of color. This free preset will make the colors in your photos appear more vibrant. The preset works with both RAW files and .jpg files.

Color Pop Lightroom Preset

26. Vibrant Landscape Lightroom Preset (Free)

This is another colorful preset for Lightroom, designed to bring your landscape photos to life by making the colors appear more vibrant. The preset works with Lightroom 4, 5, 6, and CC.

Vibrant Landscape Lightroom Preset

27. Autumn Landscape Lightroom Preset (Free)

Autumn is one of the most colorful seasons and this preset will make those fall landscape photos appear even more lively. The preset is easy to use and adjust to your needs.

Autumn Colors Lightroom Preset

28. Free Bright, Colorful & Vibrant Lightroom Presets (Free)

With this free Lightroom addon, you can add energetic vibrancy to your photos by using the bright color accents that come with these eight presets.

Bright Colorful Vibrant free lightroom presets addon

29. Fashion Magazine Lightroom Preset (Free)

You can add some professionalism and glamour to your photos with this small bundle of fashion magazine Lightroom presets.

Fashion Magazine free lightroom presets addon

30. Edgy & Intense Lightroom Presets (Free)

If you’re looking to give your photos an edgy or intense effect, then this collection of fifteen presets is what you’re looking for.

Edgy Intense free lightroom presets addon

31. Light Leak Mobile & Desktop Lightroom Preset (Free)

Add a nice leak effect to your photos with this free Lightroom preset. The preset works well in combination with vintage effects. It’s easy to apply and to customize to your liking.

Light Leak Lightroom Preset

32. Cinema Lightroom Preset (Free)

Make your photos stand out with this free Lightroom preset. It will turn your photos into cinematic masterpieces and you can easily adjust it to your needs.

Cinema Lightroom Preset

33. Intense Warm Lightroom Preset (Free)

As the name suggests, this preset will make your photos appear more intensive and warm them up. It’s a great choice for portrait photos and it works with both Lightroom and Photoshop.

Intense Warm Lightroom Preset

34. Popper Lightroom Preset (Free)

This preset is a great choice when you need to add a touch of color to your photos without going overboard. The preset works with Lightroom 4 and up as well as with Photoshop.

Popper Lightroom Preset

35. Soft Pastel Lightroom Preset (Free)

Although you can use this preset with a variety of photos, this soft pastel Lightroom preset works best with portrait and outdoor images.

Soft Pastel Lightroom Preset

36. Soft & Light Lightroom Preset (Free)

Knock two birds with one stone and add a soft look and improve the lighting in your photos with this free mobile and desktop app Lightroom preset.

Soft & Light Lightroom Preset

37. Soft Pastel Lightroom Preset (Free)

Add a pastel touch to your photos with this Lightroom preset. It works with Lightroom 4 and up as well as with Photoshop and you can easily customize it.

Soft Pastel Lightroom Preset

38. Elegant Fade Lightroom Preset (Free)

Make your photos appear faded which will give them a nice aged look. The preset works with Lightroom 4 and up and supports both JPG and RAW image formats.

Elegant Fade Lightroom Preset

39. Faded Mobile & Desktop Lightroom Preset (Free)

Try this faded Lightroom preset if you want to save yourself time and not apply the same filters and effects from scratch every time.

Faded Lightroom Preset

40. Grace Mobile & Desktop Lightroom Preset (Free)

Make your photos appear more smooth by applying this Grace preset for Lightroom. The preset is free for personal and commercial use and works with Lightroom 4 and later.

Grace Lightroom Preset

Black & White Effect Lightroom Presets

It’s easy to convert a color photo to black & white in Lightroom, but simple black & white conversions often look dull and uninteresting. To get the most from your black & whites, you’ll need to make some other tweaks as well, and these presets will take care of the work for you.

41. Black & White Lightroom Preset (Free)

This Black and White Lightroom preset was designed for RAW images but works well with the JPG format as well. It will instantly turn your color photos into black and white.

Black & White Lightroom Preset

42. B&W Berkeley Mobile & Desktop LR Presets (Free)

Not only will this preset turn your photos into black and white, it will also give them a nice vintage effect. The preset is easy to apply and customize.

B&W Berkeley

Vintage Effects Lightroom Presets

Want a vintage effect for your photo? That can be done very easily with this selection of excellent vintage and retro presets.

43. Vintage Fade Lightroom Presets (Free)

This preset will fade the colors of the photo and apply a subtle vintage effect. It works with Lightroom 4 and newer as well as with Photoshop.

Vintage Fade Lightroom Preset

44. Vintage Mobile & Desktop Lightroom Preset (Free)

This preset, called Vintage Wash will instantly make your photos feel more retro. The preset works with Lightroom 4 and newer and supports a variety of image formats.

Vintage Lightroom Preset

45. Lavender Lomo Lightroom Preset (Free)

Recreate a lomo look with the help of this Lightroom preset. This preset works with Lightroom 4, 5, 6, and CC versions.

Lavender Lomo Lightroom Preset

46. Blondies and Brunettes Lightroom Presets (Free)

This fun collection of Lightroom presets works well with portrait photography and will apply a fun retro look to your photos.

Blondies and Brunettes Lighroom Presets

47. Warm Retro Mobile & Desktop Preset (Free)

Similarly to other Lightroom presets, this collection of presets will add a warm retro look to your photos. The collection supports Lightroom 4 and newer.

Warm Retro

48. Vintage Garden (Free)

This vintage collection of mobile and desktop Lightroom presets is a great choice when you need to add a vintage effect to landscape and outdoors photography.

Vintage Garden

49. Orange & Green Vintage Clarity Lightroom Preset (Free)

This Lightroom preset will turn your photos black and white and make them appear more vintage at the same time.

Old and Dirty Lightroom Preset

Astro & Space Photography Lightroom Presets

50. Astrophotography & Night Sky Desktop & Mobile Lightroom Presets (Free)

If you’re looking for an addon that will bring out all of the tiny little details of our universe, then these ten free Lightroom presets are what you need. They have been specifically created for astro and long exposure photography.

Astrophotography Night Sky Desktop Mobile free lightroom presets addon

How to Install & Use a Lightroom Preset

Lightroom presets make it easy to edit your photos consistently. They save you time because you don’t have to recreate the image adjustments from scratch. There are plenty of free Lightroom presets available online. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to install and use a Lightroom preset.

How to Install and Use a Preset for that Latest Lightroom:

  1. Download and unzip the preset file you want to use
  2. Launch Lightroom
  3. Navigate to Develop Module
  4. Hover over the + sign next to the Presets
  5. Select Import Presets
  6. Apply the preset by selecting the photo you want to edit and clicking the preset name.

How to Install and Use a Preset for Older Versions of Lightroom:

  1. Open Lightroom
  2. Go to Preferences > Presets
  3. Click on the box titled: Show Lightroom Presets Folder
  4. Double click on Lightroom
  5. Double click on Develop Presets
  6. Copy the folders of your presets into the Develop Presets folder
  7. Restart Lightroom
  8. Use the preset by selecting the photo you want to work with and clicking on the preset name