Lightroom Presets

Lightroom Presets – Ice Cold!

Today’s presets come to you from, well, the weather. Not that we have it bad here in Tampa, Florida. It’s actually refreshingly cool out so I always enjoy this time of year. But we’ve had our share of cold (relatively that is) here, and from watching some football yesterday, so has the rest of the country. Anyway, I was working with some ideas on making a photo look “cold” and this preset is what I ended up with. As always, this is a starting point. There’s 3 different versions from light to strong. You’ll probably want to tweak the settings after. For example, if you start out with a really warm photo then you may need to adjust the white balance to something even cooler. I’ve even included a fairly warm landscape photo to show you (in the sample below), that it even gives sunny warm photos a cold feeling. Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think.

Here’s a few samples. (click to see it larger).

• Click here to download the preset.

To install:
1) Unzip the preset zip file on to your desktop
2) Go to the Develop module. NOTE: YOU MUST BE IN THE DEVELOP MODULE
3) Go to the Presets panel on the left. Right click anywhere in it and choose “Import”.
4) Select the .lrtemplate files you unzipped in Step 1 and click Import NOTE: DO NOT IMPORT THE ZIP FILE



  1. Rafael Dourado 4 January, 2011 at 08:23 Reply


    When you post a preset, you could write witch sliders were modified to acomplish the desired effect.

    Exposure +0.5
    Saturation -25
    Contrast +80
    and so on…

  2. Suz 21 December, 2010 at 12:55 Reply

    Hi Matt. Thanks for sharing all these presets with us. I just found your blog and appreciate all this great info! Do you happen to have a preset or tutorial on how to create passport photos in LR3? Thanks again.

  3. Martin 20 December, 2010 at 18:41 Reply

    Matt, these are really great presets – they work really well on loads of images. Personally, I think they’d be even better without the sharpening and the vignetting, which I’m not sure are relevant to the ice cold thing. It’s easy enough to tweak and update the preset though. Thanks again.

  4. Michael Kircher 20 December, 2010 at 14:24 Reply

    Hi Matt. Big apologies for asking an off topic question… but, can you help me with publishing a slideshow, made in lightroom and published with iWeb to my main site? Doesn’t seem to want to work. I can give you details through email if you prefer.

    Many, many thanks.


  5. Jonathan 20 December, 2010 at 07:17 Reply

    Thanks Matt. These are perfect for the winter we’re having over here in the England at the moment.

    To you and yours, have a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.

    Jon C

  6. Jonas Berggren 20 December, 2010 at 02:30 Reply

    I love all these presets other people share. Some of them I have no clue how to begin even? Well, sooner or later I will learned that to,

    But for now I most of all wonder – is there any way to use the presets to use alter the photo from “my” settings? A lot of presets change WB to camera. Other overwrites other presets (some times I want to use both vignette and softness…).

    Hopefully you understand my question and hopefully you say “Hey, no problem man, you just do like this….” 🙂

      • Rob 22 December, 2010 at 09:16 Reply

        Hi Jack, can you explain what you mean by this? I’m curious too. When I right-click on the name of a Preset in the Presets panel, I don’t get any indication of how it works (e.g. what settings it affects) or how to make some minor tweaks to the preset itself.

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