Free Lightroom 4 Presets – Vignettes and Edge Darkening

Hi everyone. One of the things that just about all of my photos get is a vignette to darken the edges. It really helps bring in focus on your photos, and makes a great finishing touch. It’s also perfect for a preset because it’s something that’s very repeatable, and the settings stay the same (or almost the same) for each time I use it.

You’ll see 3 different versions here – Light, Medium, and Strong. Depending on the photo and how dark the edges already are, I usually use the Light or Medium version. But feel free to go with the Strong one if your photo can take it without starting to look fake around the edges.





Hope you enjoy. Have a good one!

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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  1. Hey Matt – what are those “Sports Game Day” ones?
    Are those sharable – or something you want to hold on to?
    I love all the ones you share and thanks for the great blog!

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  2. Am I crazy … I can download Photoshop brush files that are zipped from the internet and using the “Extract” unzip them and use them. When I try it with any of the preset files from here all I get is the message that says the Zipped file is empty? There doesn’t seem to be any way to unzip them. Are they only for a Mac? I’m using Windows 7. I tried several of the preset files here … no avail? Any suggestions or is it just the “wizard” part of me making it not work? Thanks.

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    • I am having the same prob.. I was able to get a few off another site but these for some reason I can ‘t..

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  3. This is a great post. I downloaded your vignette preset and will get ALOT of use out of it. I’ll add it to the list of all the great sources for presets out there. I made a post of them here;

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  4. gLynda, they worked for me. I’m on a mac though so maybe that’s not helpful.

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  5. Great presets! Thanks. Works fine on LR5 as well. I’m sharring my free presets too. My website with Lightroom presets:

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