I have quite a few Lightroom presets on this store, with many different kinds, from special effect presets, to specialist presets. I also have a variety of presets designed to be like film. If you’re looking for some Lightroom presets to give your images a film-like look, here are the most popular film presets available on my store:
Film Lux 1, 2 and 3
These are a series of collections that I specifically designed to mimic film. They’re not really “film emulation” exactly, but rather my own artistic interpretation of what film is like. Here’s the official blurb:
FilmLUX 3 is handcrafted by carefully studying the properties of various film stocks and creating my own version. It is designed to create a colour film look that is inspired by scanned film, although it isn’t intended to be a direct emulation of any particular film stock, but rather my own set of “virtual” films.
T-Pan is my favourite set of presets of all of the ones that I’ve created over the years. It is a set of black and white presets designed to look like black and white film. I designed it by hand by referencing my own scanned film archives. It’s available now for €15 on its own or as part of my Black and White Preset bundle with Monolux and Monolith For Lightroom.
QuickLUX 1 and 2
Although I discontinued these as separate sets, Quick LUX 1 and 2 are still available as part of my 2016 bundle collection with lots of other presets.
I’m delighted to announce that my latest set of Lightroom Presets, FilmLUX 2 is now available. FilmLUX 2 was designed to create a subtle “film” like look to digital images, without them looking overly processed. With many presets, and even when processing manually, it can be easy to take your images too far and have them look like they’ve been heavily treated. With FilmLUX 2 I wanted to create a set of looks, that could enhance an image without it looking like you’ve done an extensive amount of work to it. while the images will still look treated, the effect won’t be too extreme.
There are twenty five different “looks’ in FilmLUX 2 and they are broken into three categories. There are five “chrome” like looks, which are based on an older type of transparency film, and have a reduced saturation for an aged effect. Secondly, there are ten “Vivid” style looks. With these, I wanted to create a vivid look that wasn’t too oversaturated, and still looked relatively natural. They also have a film like curve, ad tend to brighten the image a little, for that slightly pushed film look. Finally, there are ten “negative” effects. These have reduced saturation, raised blacks and a subtle roll off not he whites for a softer look. Each of the 25 main looks comes in two variations, one with grain (marked with a +G) and one without grain.
Here are some examples of FilmLUX2 in action:
A bench in the meadow at the Botanic Gardens, Dublin
I often take simple shots that I use for embellishing blog posts, either here or on other sites. They’re usually nothing fancy and usually something that I just do quickly because I’m writing in a hurry. One of the things I’ll often do is give them a treatment of some kind to give them a stylised look which makes them more interesting. This is how my Film Candy presets sort of came about, and I’ve been using them in this context recently, so I thought I’d give you a quick example.
I just got this cool little character in the post (I love Danboard, by the way), and I was taking some shots to use on Flickr and to send to some people. I used my Fuji X-E1 with the 35mm lens, mostly at f1.4, which gave some nice bokeh. Once I got them into Lightroom, I was playing around with different looks, and I used the “Gelato” preset from my Film Candy 2 set on all of them. This gave the shots a nice, almost vintage effect, which was perfect for what I was trying to achieve.
I know some people don’t like filters and effects, and I’m not saying that applying a look will fix a bad shot, but sometimes a little creative grading takes an ordinary scene and gives it a little something to let it stand out and look a little different.
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