Lightroom presets have a strong place in any graphic design workflow, largely because they can greatly streamline operations and shorten the amount of time you have to work on a project. So, if you want to create a retro or analog film look for your designs, having a solid cache of presets at the ready can both help you reliably achieve the look you’re going for and save you a lot of time.
High-quality analog and retro film inspired Lightroom presets typically add a certain look to images. Images may be made to look a bit grainy or old on purpose. These presets might add artifacts to images, film grain scratches, or other imperfections to add texture and style. Or, they might add a filtered effect to mimic the yellowish tones of older color film.
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When looking for a Lightroom preset to use, you’ll want to ensure it possesses a few set features, including:
- One-click implementation
- A full set of instructions comes included (either PDF, video, or both).
- Fully editable effects that more experienced designers can customize.
- Presets are non-destructive. You’re never altering your original image file — only a copy of it is modified.
To save you some time and effort, we’ve put together a few of our favorite analog and retro-inspired Lightroom presets from right here at Creative Finest so you can get started on your next design right away. Let’s dive in.
The first Lightroom preset on our list is this Analog Film selection. It works on both mobile and desktop and makes it straightforward and simple to add a dark, broody look to your designs. It comes with 13 different presets that can be used to mimic real analog film styles for every genre and mood. Implement with a single click and enjoy these fully-editable and non-destructive presets. This set comes with template files, a Photoshop action file, and full PDF instructions.
Next up is another set of Analog presets that focuses more on the brighter tones, shades, and colors. It leaves your work with a brighter, orange or cream tone that captures the shades of fall or summertimes since passed. These presets are editable and non-destructive and they come with full PDF instructions. This download includes 11 Lightroom template files, 1 Photoshop action file, 11 DNG files, and more.
If you have a very specific look in mind for your designs, Egypt is a good choice. This collection of mobile and desktop Lightroom presets can be implemented with a single click and add a consistent style to all of your images. This collection adds a vintage look with an emphasis on high-contrast cream tones and washes of yellow and pink. This collection is non-destructive and comes with 13 Lightroom template files, 1 Photoshop action file, and full PDF instructions.
Or, perhaps the Latte set is more your style? This collection of presets add a warm tone to your high-contrast images, exaggerating whitespace and warming up tones of brown, blue, and yellow. It’s suitable for use on landscapes, food photography, portraits, and everything in between. The Latte mobile and desktop Lightroom presets come with 13 templates, full instructions, and more.
Next on our list is the Ottawa Mobile & Desktop Lightroom Presets, which can be used to give your images a cream or orangey look. It also has presets for emphasizing sky blue and green tones, too. So this is really a well-balanced collection that can give your images a bright yet vintage look — like a photo that’s been tucked away in an album for a couple decades. These presets are easy to edit and non-destructive, too. Expect to receive 13 Lightroom templates as a part of this download.
Another option is the Peanut Mobile & Desktop Lightroom Presets, which add a delightful tan, peach, and orange tones to your images — perfect for capturing that analog photography look. It’s suitable for use on portraits, food photography, architectural pictures, and more. The presets can be put into action with a single click. If you need to make more edits, these accommodate that very well. Plus, the workflow is entirely non-destructive to your original image files. Win-win!
Or, you might want to consider the Silk Mobile & Desktop Lightroom Presets, which give an immediately modern look to your images, while maintaining an analog and rustic appeal. The tones used here include shades of cream, brown, and nude, creating a distinctly “of another time” look to your portraits, in particular. As with all the other presets on this list, you can expect these to be fully editable and non-destructive as well.
Next up is the Tequila Mobile & Desktop Lightroom Presets, which definitely bring warmth. If you want to really ramp up the brightness of a sunny day, this is the collection for you. With tones of red, orange, and yellow, and blue, you can expect to see your images take on that warm cast of photography from the 80s and 90s. This set comes with 11 preset templates and full PDF instructions.
If cooler tones are what you want to capture, the Woodlands Mobile & Desktop Lightroom Presets are a solid option. Highlight blue and green tones while giving your images and overall cloudy day look. These presets are editable, non-destructive, and can make for a consistent look across all of your photography. With this download, you receive 11 template files for Lightroom, one Photoshop action file, and full PDF instructions.
Last but certainly not least is the Yorkshire Lightroom presets. This collection amplifies orange and teal tones while adding a faded warm tone to your images. Give your photos all the orange hues of vintage photography while maintaining all the clarity of modern lenses. This set of 13 templates can be used on portraits, landscapes, food, products, and more on without destroying the original files. Enjoy!