Lightroom Presets

Presets – The Vintage Look

This week on Photoshop TV I did a Lightroom/Camera Raw preset tutorial. Part of the tutorial was creating a vintage-style look for your photos. It came out great and definitely adds a nice 70’s look to a photo. So I decided to create two Lightroom presets for it. One of them is simply the vintage look and will work fine in Lightroom 2 and Lightroom 3 Beta. The second one incorporates the same look but also the Grain setting which is only in the Lightroom 3 beta. As a general guideline I found these presets work best on photos with lots of blue in them (sky, water, etc…).

As always, your comments are welcome. Download ’em and let me know what you think.

(Note: The Photoshop TV show that I’m referring to above may not be out until later on Monday)

To install:
1) Unzip the preset zip file on to your desktop
2) Go to the Develop module. NOTE: YOU MUST BE 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

• Click here to download the preset.
• Click here to see a sample of the preset.



  1. Paolo 6 July, 2010 at 20:23 Reply

    Hey Matt,
    Awesome presets, just opened a whole new world for me in PP in Lightroom. Just downloaded most of your presets and I do have one preset suggestion you could probably add or work on. Just saw this billboard inside the GAP stores. ANd they have this pictures of people with blue jeans and everything else is in black and white. I think it was awesome hopefully, you can make a preset similar to that effect.

  2. Kim 30 April, 2010 at 20:08 Reply

    Hi there. I went to download (VISTA) and it appeard to download fine.
    I went to extract.

    And it said that the program could not be found to open this extension / or extension unknown.

    I don’t know what I am doing wrong.

    I have a bagillion presets and don’t believe I’ve ever run into this problemo before.

    Can someone shed le’ luna on this problem?

    I would really appreciate it.



    Petals and Paws Photography

    I hope it is something simple that I am leaving.

    thank you so much for everything! I lvooovovove finding new things to tryl

    (sorry for typos or grammatical errors…)

  3. Ron Joens 28 April, 2010 at 08:58 Reply

    Photography is funny. This how my scanned old slides looked and I spent lots of time bringing back the color shift. Now we are taking fresh pics and making them look old. Go Figure! I appreciate the time and effort you spend on this blog. I learn alot.

  4. telecomm 27 April, 2010 at 03:50 Reply


    Some people are really serious about Lightroom, but I’m afraid I’m one of the many who hasn’t reached transcendence. 😉

  5. William Chinn 26 April, 2010 at 10:36 Reply

    OK, it sounds as if there are selective installs on this one. I have both LR 2.7 and 3beta. Reading the narrative it sounded as if both could be installed to 3beta, but only 1 to LR2. After installing both to 3beta successfully, I ran 2.7 and found both already there. One day a preset should ONLY run on one and not the other. How in this multi-version world?

  6. Julie McLeod 26 April, 2010 at 06:51 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for the new preset(s). The look is cool. However, the one that’s supposed to have grain doesn’t. 🙁 (Yes, am using the LR 3 beta).

  7. Kent 26 April, 2010 at 05:52 Reply

    Matt, another great preset! I always look forward to seeing these from you, they are a great springboard to try out new and exciting things with my own photos!

    Thanks so much!

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