The Top 40 Free Lightroom Presets

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

As a designer you probably work with a lot of images, including those provided by clients, purchased stock photos, free stock photos, and possibly even your own photos. Because designers work with so many photos, and because many designers are also photography enthusiasts, Lightroom has become increasingly popular even outside of 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, even hobbyists, 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 develop presets, which can be used to instantly apply specific settings to your photos. They serve a very similar purpose as Photoshop actions that would be used in Photoshop to apply a certain type of effect to a photo.

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 some 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 collection was compiled to showcase some of the best free presets that you can download.

The free Lightroom presets have been organized into the following categories: Film, HDR, Photo Effects, Black & White and Vintage.

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Film Lightroom Presets

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

PRO Landscape and Travel Lightroom Presets (with Envato Elements Subscription)

PRO Landscape and Travel Lightroom Presets

Free Portrait Photography Lightroom Preset (Free)

Free Portrait Photography Lightroom Preset

The Editorial Collection v2 (with Envato Elements Subscription)

The Editorial Collection v2

Film-Inspired Lightroom Preset (Free)

Free Film Lightroom Preset

Film Lightroom Preset (Free)

Film Lightroom Preset

Anniversary Lightroom Presets – Volume I (with Envato Elements Subscription)

Anniversary Lightroom Presets - Volume I

The Starter Pack Lightroom Presets Collection (Free)

The Starter Pack Lightroom Presets Collection

Sunny Landscape Lightroom Presets (with Envato Elements Subscription)

Sunny Landscape Lightroom Presets

Bold Film Lightroom Preset (Free)

Bold Film Lightoom Preset

Christmas Holiday Lightroom Presets (with Envato Elements Subscription)

Christmas Holiday Lightroom Presets

Vintage Film Lightroom Preset (Free)

Vintage Film Lightroom Preset

Grainy Matte Lightroom Preset (Free)

Grainy Matte Lightroom Preset

Newborn Lightroom Presets (with Envato Elements Subscription)

Newborn Lightroom Presets

Faded Lightroom Preset (Free)

Faded Lightroom Preset

I’m Blogger – 50 Lightroom Presets (with Envato Elements Subscription)

I'm Blogger - 50 Lightroom Presets

HDR 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 just working with a single photo you can get an HDR appearance with these presets.

UltraPOP Lightroom Presets (with Envato Elements Subscription)

UltraPOP Lightroom Presets

HDR Lightroom Preset (Free)

HDR Lightroom Preset

Flowerage Portrait Presets for Lightroom & ACR (with Envato Elements Subscription)

Flowerage Portrait Presets for Lightroom & ACR

Cinematic HDR Lightroom Preset (Free)

Cinematic HDR Lightroom Preset

HDR Lightroom Preset (Free)

HDR Lightroom Preset

Zine Fashion Lightroom Presets – Volume II (with Envato Elements Subscription)

Zine Fashion Lightroom Presets - Volume II

Vibrant Colors HDR Lightroom Preset (Free)

Vibrant Colors HDR Lightroom Preset

FoodKit – Food Presets for Lightroom & ACR (with Envato Elements Subscription)

FoodKit - Food Presets for Lightroom & ACR

Strong HDR Lightroom Preset (Free)

Strong HDR Lightroom Preset

Artistic vol. 3 Lightroom Presets (with Envato Elements Subscription)

Artistic vol. 3 Lightroom Presets

Autumn Color Boost HDR Lightroom Preset (Free)

Autumn Color Boost HDR Lightroom Preset

Black & White HDR Lightroom Preset (Free)

Black & White HDR Lightroom Preset

Matte Blogger Presets for Lightroom & ACR (with Envato Elements Subscription)

Matte Blogger Presets for Lightroom & ACR

Sharp HDR Lightroom Preset (Free)

Sharp HDR Lightroom Preset

Color Effects 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 do things like bring a blue sky to life or enhance autumn colors in a nature photo.

Color Pop Lightroom Preset (Free)

Color Pop Lightroom Preset

Vibrant Landscape Lightroom Preset (Free)

Vibrant Landscape Lightroom Preset

Autumn Landscape Lightroom Preset (Free)

Autumn Colors Lightroom Preset

Sharp Pop Lightroom Preset (Free)

Sharp Pop Lightroom Preset

Light Leak Lightroom Preset (Free)

Light Leak Lightroom Preset

Cinema Lightroom Preset (Free)

Cinema Lightroom Preset

Intense Warm Lightroom Preset (Free)

Intense Warm Lightroom Preset

Popper Lightroom Preset (Free)

Popper Lightroom Preset

Soft Pastel Lightroom Preset (Free)

Soft Pastel Lightroom Preset

Soft & Light Lightroom Preset (Free)

Soft & Light Lightroom Preset

Soft Pastel Lightroom Preset (Free)

Soft Pastel Lightroom Preset

Elegant Fade Lightroom Preset (Free)

Elegant Fade Lightroom Preset

August Sunset Lightroom Preset (Free)

August Sunset Lightroom Presets

Faded Lightroom Preset (Free)

Faded Lightroom Preset

Orange Fade Lightroom Preset (Free)

Orange Fade Lightroom Preset

Grace Lightroom Preset (Free)

Grace Lightroom Preset

Beach Life Lightroom Preset (Free)

Beach Life Lightroom Preset

Summer Breeze Lightroom Presets (Free)

Summer Breeze Lightroom Presets

Summer Love Lightroom Preset (Free)

Summer Love Lightroom Preset

Black & White 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.

Black & White Lightroom Preset (Free)

Black & White Lightroom Preset

High Contrast Black & White Lightroom Preset (Free)

High Contrast Black & White Lightroom Preset

B&W Berkeley (Free)

B&W Berkeley

Vintage Lightroom Presets

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

Instant Hipster Lightroom Presets (Free)

Instant Hipster Lightroom Presets

Vintage Fade Lightroom Presets (Free)


Vintage Fade Lightroom Preset

Vintage Lightroom Preset (Free)

Vintage Lightroom Preset

Lavender Lomo Lightroom Preset (Free)

Lavender Lomo Lightroom Preset

Blondies and Brunettes Lightroom Presets (Free)

Blondies and Brunettes Lighroom Presets

Warm Retro (Free)

Warm Retro

Fashion Vintage Lightroom Presets

Fashion Vintage Lightroom Presets

Vintage Garden (Free)

Vintage Garden

Orange and Green Vintage Clarity Lightroom Preset (Free)

Old and Dirty Lightroom Preset