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30 Retro Lightroom Presets

A popular collection of retro presets too, well, give your images that old-school retro feel. Includes a total of 30 retro Lightroom presets to give your photos that vintage look.

The creation of these retro presets were inspired by photos dating back from 1897 through 1980. After examining and studying 100’s of prints I was able to reproduce the retro look in Lightroom. This includes, but not limited to; X-process, Technicolor, Kodak Portra, Tin Type and much more.

Now you too can transform your digital photos into classic, retro, film-based photos.

30 Lightroom presets   //   Quick Install Guide    //    Preset Guide For Best Results

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Retro Lightroom Presets for That Vintage Look!

Looking for a retro look and don’t know how to achieve it? Well, look no further. Our retro Lightroom presets will help you achieve your creative vision!

Whether you want to mimic cross-processing, Kodak portrait film, Tin Type, 1930’s Kodachrome, Anscochrome, Ektar, and more or just want to include some key retro-inspired type of edits to your images this collection has you covered.

Vintage Kodak Portra Preset
Slide for Before/After

Retro. Classic. Vintage. Film.

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Original

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Rollei 35

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Original

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Disposable Camera

Retro Lightroom Presets Collection

If you’re looking for a retro editing style that gives you a look and feel from the days of film then look no further. Retro edits are popular among photographers, bloggers, and Instagrammers. Now you too can have this vintage, film-look with our retro Lightroom presets.

What is retro? Well, it is said that anything older than 100 years old is an antique. Up to 100 years old is considered “retro” or vintage.

How did I create these retro Lightroom presets? First, I studied photos from the late 1800s all the way up to the 1980s. Then, I painstakingly hand-crafted Lightroom presets to match the look of prints during the most important times of the photo industry.

Each of the retro Lightroom presets can be applied with one-click. Oh, and you can also adjust the retro edits based on your personal preference. I’ll show you how.

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Original

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Super 8

Quick Start Guide

Easy to install. Even easier to use. Our Quick Start Guide will have you using our retro Lightroom presets in 60 seconds or less!

Each step of the way we have supporting material to help you get the most out of our Lightroom presets: Quick Start Guide, Lightroom Preset Guide, Lightroom Pro Tutorials (included with monthly or yearly purchase) and more.

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1897

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Original

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Ektar

Precise Control

Any preset you apply to your images, whether ours or someone else’s, the edits applied are non-destructive. In other words, they don’t damage the original file. You can easily remove the edits by resetting the “edit” settings or by applying a new preset.

This is great news because it also means you can adjust any edits applied for best results… for YOUR photo.

Any presets you apply are just that… “edits”. Edits that were saved as a preset (for later use) were done based on the creative vision of the person doing the edits AND the photo they were applying them too.

Photos (and their histograms) are like snowflakes. No two are alike! So, it makes sense that a preset made for one photo may not be perfect for another.

Sometimes you need to make adjustments until you’re happy with the results.  Which is super-duper easy to do!

If you’re new to Lightroom I’ll show you how to adjust any edits to get the results you want. If you have some experience in Lightroom then you can use any of these retro Lightroom presets as a starting point for your creative vision.

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Original

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1903 Autochrome Process

New to Lightroom or Just Looking For a New Creating Look?

Lightroom presets (in general) allow you to quickly apply previous edits to your photos… in 1 click!

However, don’t be deceived by the simplicity. Not all presets will work 100% of the time for all your photos. No one else in the industry wants you to know this! I do.

Ever apply a pre-made preset that you purchased elsewhere (or from free Lightroom presets you downloaded) and wondered why they didn’t look good on your images? I have an article that explains exactly what happens when applying Lightroom presets, and why it doesn’t always look good!

Plus, you’ll learn how to EXACTLY use these retro Lightroom presets with the included (and exclusive) Lightroom preset guide and pro tutorials (with a subscription).

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1970

Classic Retro Preset Edits

This collection of retro Lightroom presets includes everything from classic types of film effects to more creative types of edits. All giving you that retro look!

Just like with any of our Lightroom presets you can easily adjust them to your liking. And you could even save your adjustments as your own personal retro Lightroom preset. Perfect when you’re shooting under the same conditions and want consistent edits.

Creating your own retro Lightroom presets is easy. I’ll show you how to adjust and save your own edits (with the included Pro tutorial)!

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1950 Color Film

Matte Finish

One of the keys to creating the “retro” look is applying a matte finish. A matte finish is one that tends to be flatter or has less contrast. This is often seen when printing on matte paper.

The secret to applying a matte finish is achieved with the Tone Curve. A lot of the included retro Lightroom presets already include this type of edit. However, I’ll show you how to use the tone curve and adjust the “matte” finish to your liking.

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Vintage Kodak Portra

Advanced Lightroom Preset Edits

Lightroom Develop Presets are the most known and used type of presets. Which this retro Lightroom preset collection includes.

However, there are other more advanced type of presets known as “Local Adjustment” presets. These types of presets allow you to control where to place the edit in your image.

Local adjustment presets give you the precision and control once only available in Photoshop. This set of retro Lightroom presets includes several Local Adjustment presets.

This includes both Linear (Graduated Filter) and Radial gradients. These can be used for several different types of creative effects. They can be used to darken a sky, enhance a sunset, blur out the foreground (to control depth-of-field) and more!

Although they are “advanced” they too are easy to use. You’ll learn exactly how to use them, for best results, with the Quick Start Guide tutorial.

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the Brownie (camera)

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Dry Plate

Portraits + Landscapes

What type of photos should you use these retro Lightroom presets on? Well, since these retro presets were designed with yesteryear in mind… the skies the limit.

It doesn’t matter if it’s just a photo of a landscape, an outdoor portrait, studio portrait, a wedding or any other type of photography. You’re only limited by your imagination!

Presets + Actions

This is just the beginning! Although this set includes a large amount of Lightroom presets we have many more. Over 600 in fact. Become a Pro member and get instant access to ALL Lightroom presets.

Plus, as a Pro member, you also have access to the 400+ Photoshop actions, Lightroom overlays, Photoshop overlays, Photoshop + Lightroom templates, and over 100 hours of Pro video tutorials.

Grab a Pro membership and learn about Lightroom, Photoshop, photography and more!

Lightroom CC + Classic

New to Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic? No worries. With a Pro subscription we have Pro tutorials for everyone; Beginners – Advanced users.  Learn how to use Lightroom for organizing your media files, how to edit like a pro and much more.

FAQ
What's included with this retro Lightroom preset collection?

Includes 30 pre-made, custom retro Lightroom presets for, well, a retro look.

Plus, a Quick Start Guide, Lightroom Preset Guide, and ongoing support. 

If you get a monthly or yearly Pro subscription you’ll have full access to ALL Lightroom presets, Photoshop actions, Lightroom + Photoshop templates, Pro tutorials and more!

Do I need any Lightroom experience

Short answer; No.

Our retro Lightroom presets are easy to install and use.  In fact, the Quick Start Guide will have them installed and ready to use in less than 60 seconds!

Supporting material is also included to help you get the most out of the retro Lightroom presets.

Is this included in the Pro subscription?

Yes!  This is one of many Lightroom preset collections available to subscribers.  Click here to sign-up and start downloading today!

How long can I keep these retro Lightroom presets?

The retro Lightroom presets you download are yours to keep… forever!

Make sure to make a back-up of your a la carte purchase.  There may be an additional fee to re-download.

No worries if you’re a Pro subscriber.  If your files become damaged or you need to transfer to a new hard drive you can re-download.  However, please keep in mind that sharing is illegal!

How many computers can I install these retro Lightroom presets?

You may install our retro Lightroom presets on up to 2 computers.  Anything more will require an additional purchase.  Sharing is not allowed!

What version of Lightroom is required to install these retro Lightroom presets?

We recommend Lightroom Classic for these retro Lightroom presets.   

Lightroom has recently changed the format of Lightroom presets and they may (or may not) work with Lightroom 5 & 6.

How long do I have access to the Quick Start Guide tutorial.

If you sign up as a Pro member you’ll have access as long as your a subscriber.

If I have questions where can I ask them?

You can join our private Facebook group to ask questions.  Or if you’re not a fan of FB click here to submit a question.