Lightroom Presets

Monday Presets – Vintage New York Look

Here’s an effect that works great for portraits. It’s got that desaturated look that is often associated with the whole vintage style that’s so popular. Plus, it’s a popular effect for city (New York-ish) style photos these days. It’s primarily geared toward portraits. One thing you’ll notice if you look at the settings after you apply it, is that I bumped up the Orange and Yellows in the HSL panel to bring back some life to the skin (you gotta love Lightroom). As I mentioned earlier, this is mainly geared towards portraits but give it a try on other types of photos as I’ve gotten some really fantastic results.

Download the presets here

See the Before/After view of the presets here
Download the presets here.



  1. Harriet 3 June, 2013 at 04:44 Reply

    Hi, I’m a big fan of these 3 presets, but they don’t work on LR4 on my Mac…is there a new version maybe?

  2. Gil L 14 January, 2008 at 16:43 Reply

    When I click on Matt’s Pano Print Template.Irtemplate, I get this message ” Error importing ” Matt’s Pano Print Template.Irtemplate. The preset file was the wrong type of preset”. What am I doing incorrectly?

  3. Micky P. 9 January, 2008 at 16:51 Reply

    Hey, I was just at the Sublime Light website and saw a sample of your NY vintage preset. I absolutely love it! Unfortunately, I don’t have Lightroom yet. Is there a way to download it to PS CS3 or can you create the same effect in CS3 for us that don’t have it yet? Thanks!

  4. Arsyad Siregar 18 December, 2007 at 23:08 Reply

    Hi Matt, your NY preset is simply wonderful…i love the desaturation look resulted by this preset…this is now my ‘fitst to go’ preset…I did small modification to suit my needs, basically by increasing the clarity and contrast…the results can be seen here:
    (pictures taken last month at the Macy’s Parade in NY)…

    Again, BIG THANKS!


  5. Chuck S. 7 December, 2007 at 12:38 Reply

    Matt, I recently took a number of photos at a nature center festival that focused on the period 1900-1920. Your vintage New York presets were perfect for putting those photos back in time! Many thanks!!

  6. deepak 5 December, 2007 at 20:59 Reply

    this is an amazing preset! thank you!

    would you mind giving some history about it?

    anything on the web that exemplifies what the originals looked like?

    thanks again!

  7. amee reehal 14 November, 2007 at 21:05 Reply

    wow, this looks awesome.

    …however, i can’t see to upload to lightroom; i download three adjustment settings, but can’t get them into lightroom.

    please help, thank-you.

  8. Danno 8 November, 2007 at 18:28 Reply

    Cheers mate, have been playing around with photo’s i took on a trip to new york a couple of month ago, so it was cool you came up with these

  9. Mike Reid 8 November, 2007 at 12:43 Reply

    Hi Matt,this preset by far is one of my favorites. I used this on an old building picture and it looks awesome…

    I have been using Lightroom since the beginning and it is by far my favorite program next to PS of course.

    Thanks again for the great tips and presets in Lightroom!


  10. Scott 8 November, 2007 at 11:44 Reply

    I’m primarily a landscaper, so I played with these presets on some of my recent fall images – pretty cool. Thanks, Matt! Keep ’em coming!!

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