15 Popular photo effects you can recreate using free lightroom presets

In this roundup where looking at popular photo effects that are commonly used by professional photographers from HDR to Lomo. We have found free Lightroom presets that can be applied to your designs, or photography’s within a matter of seconds. Presets are a huge time saver rather than going through the process of manually applying these effects to your designs or photography’s, especially in the scenario when you want to apply effect multiple times to different photography’s.

There is some great presets included in the roundup. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

1. Cinematic HDR

With the help of this free Adobe Lightroom preset you can give your photos an awesome cinema-inspired HDR effect. It works well with landscapes as well as other types of photos. Download it and try it with your own photos. It works in Lightroom 4, 5, 6, and CC.


2. Grainy Matte

Matte effects are pretty simple to create in Lightroom and it’s possible to give your photos a stylish film-like appearance with these simple steps. In this tutorial we’ll go through the steps for creating this matte effect, but if you want to take a shortcut you can download a preset that includes all of the effects used in this tutorial. Keep in mind that the specifics of your settings and adjustments may vary a little depending on the specific photo that you’re working with, so don’t afraid to experiment a little.


3. Light Leak

This free Lightroom preset makes it easy to give your photos a nice light leak effect. The preset is a sample from our set of 70 Light Leaks Lightroom Presets and it works well in combination with vintage effects. You can get this sample preset as part of our free bundle that includes 20 Lightroom presets and 20 Photoshop actions. Use these freebies to take your photos to another level. Simply enter your email address below to get the free actions and presets. By subscribing to our email list you will get news from us and product discounts, in addition to the free actions and presets.light-leak


When you want to give your photos a vintage feel this free preset/action is the answer! It will fade the colors of the photo and then apply a slight vintage effect that will make your photos pop. Like all of our presets and actions it works with Lightroom 4, 5, 6, and CC as well as with Photoshop CC, CC 2014, and CC 2015.


5. Lomo Effect

The lomography look can be replicated in Lightroom for creating fun, vintage-style effects for your photos. The colors and vignetting created by toy cameras result in a distinct look, and in this tutorial we’ll go through the process of creating a lomo-inspired effect in Lightroom. And if you want to save a little bit of time, you can also download a preset created in this tutorial and put it to use in your own work.lomo-effect

6. Vibrant Colors

This free Lightroom preset, called “Too Much Color”,  is perfect for making your dull photos come to life. It adds a lot of color as well as increasing the dynamic range, so it works best with photos that have dull colors.


7. Black & White

A free Adobe Lightroom preset that will give your color photos and awesome black & white HDR conversion. It opens up the dynamic range while still keep deep, beautiful blacks. The preset is compatible with Lightroom 4 and newer.


8. Elegant Fade

a free Lightroom preset that will give your photos an elegant faded look. This preset is a sample from our larger set of Fabulous Fades Lightroom Presets. The preset works in Lightroom 4, 5, 6, and CC with both RAW files and .jpg files. See preview images below.


8. Cross Processed

This preset is a sample from our larger set of Cross Processing Lightroom Presets. The preset works in Lightroom 4, 5, 6, and CC with both RAW files and .jpg files.



This lomo preset/action makes it easy to give your photos a similar look and feel to those taken with a Lomography camera. It’s great for giving photos a fun retro vintage look. Like all of our presets and actions it works with Lightroom 4, 5, 6, and CC as well as with Photoshop CC, CC 2014, and CC 2015.lomo

10. Color Pop

A free Lightroom preset that can be used to make colors pop in your photos. If the colors in your photo are dull or it needs some extra life, this preset can be the answer.color-pop

11. Film

This free Lightroom preset will give your photos a film-inspired look.


12. Vibrant

It is a free sample from our extensive Landscape Legend Lightroom Presets. It works very well with photos that may be dull or lacking a little bit of life, which is fairly common when shooting landscapes in RAW file format.



This preset/action will add a very nice pastel touch to your photos.


14. OLD

This free preset/action gives you a black & white conversion with a slight twist.old

15. Autumn

This Adobe Lightroom preset will give a boost to the typical autumn colors, so it can be great for getting fall photos to really pop.autum


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  • Clipping Creations India

    Thanks, being a photo editor I really like this post. I need it.

  • shakil ahamed

    Wow! Great post. The all photo effects really nice. I like it very much. Thanks for sharing an informational post with us.

  • Witsel Carly

    Great post! I am using Cinematic HDR, VINTAGE, Color Pop and Vibrant Colors. It’s cool. Thanks.

  • Stephen King

    Color Pop is a most popular photo editing software. All the photo editing effect really great. Excellent post thank you very much.