Lightroom Presets

Presets – Vintage New York Look

Happy Monday! I’m heading up to Boston this week to teach at Photoshop World (and the first ever Lightroom Conference at Photoshop World) but I wanted to add a preset here that I’ve been updating. A while back, I released a Vintage New York styled preset. Well, I was working on another effect this week and I realized that it looked very similar to the one I just mentioned. However, after a couple of tweaks I liked this one better so I’ve updated it. You can keep both or delete the old one and just use this one. Either way, I think it’s a cool effect. 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. 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.

• See the Before/After view of the presets here
• Download the presets here.
• Click here to see a video on how to install presets .



  1. AMY 31 August, 2011 at 10:14 Reply

    ditto the above comment….. doesn’t seem to be working for me either! Btw, THANK YOU so kindly for your presets….amazing!!!

  2. Theresa 30 July, 2011 at 20:54 Reply

    Hey Matt,
    I was wondering if you could post the link again…… Every time i try to upload the link the link opens up to a blank page.


  3. Paula Mallia 2 February, 2010 at 15:52 Reply

    Hi Matt:

    I am new to Lightroom and was just trying to download all the great presets you have on the site. When I go to watch a video it just says “closed” and nothing comes up. I can’t get any of the presets to open up in Lightroom 2 so I must be missing a step. Can you help PLEASE.


  4. will 30 March, 2009 at 12:14 Reply

    These are great Matt! They’re awesome starting points for other presets and certainly help save otherwise boring photos. Thanks!

  5. mark 25 March, 2009 at 16:20 Reply

    Hi there,

    Nothing to do with the presets (that are great by the way) but I want to import a bunch of files and I don’t have the catalog that relates to them anymore. However, I have all the xmp files in the same folders as the photos.

    I imported the files but the the adjustments are not there. How can I import the xmp files with my photos?

    Thank you,

  6. JG 25 March, 2009 at 14:31 Reply

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks for all the presets you’ve uploaded. They’ve been a great help to me.
    The link for this latest one doesn;t seem to work.

  7. Hector 23 March, 2009 at 21:38 Reply


    Thanks for the preset. This is one of my favorite presets. Can’t wait to see how this update looks.


  8. Francois 23 March, 2009 at 19:09 Reply

    Thanks for the preset.

    One question: what’s the difference between this one and old “Matt’s Vintage New York Effect”?

  9. Julie McLeod 23 March, 2009 at 18:27 Reply

    I just used the old version of this one yesterday and am happy to see you’ve given it a facelift. I look forward to trying this one. Thanks, Matt!

  10. Ray 23 March, 2009 at 14:42 Reply


    I am just a hobbiest, and have used some of your other presets. I don’t believe I ever thanked you for the FREE presets. Thank you!

    Again, I am just a hobbiest. I have downloaded this preset before in LR 1.4.
    I don’t understand this preset. I don’t know if it is just over my head or what.
    I know you mentioned it is more for portraits. I guess I just don’t understand the concept behind the preset and when or why to use it. Any insights would be appreciated.

  11. Robert 23 March, 2009 at 13:07 Reply

    Hi Matt!

    As most of the rest of the bunch here, I just wanna thank you big time for your impressive work on this site. You should get a price of some sort – I`m gonna contact the Nobel committe or something 🙂

    Robert – Norway

  12. R. Maia 23 March, 2009 at 11:58 Reply

    Matt, I’d just like to take a moment to thank you for this and all other presets you’ve made freely available here in your blog. As an amateur photographer, it’s impressive how many doors and possibilities they’ve opened for my workflow. By tweaking them here and there for each photo, I’ve learned a lot about postprocessing and digital imaging in general. I lack the words to thank you appropriately! Keep up the great work! =D

  13. Richard Fischer 23 March, 2009 at 10:53 Reply

    Richard, I was able to download the presets without a problem.

    Theo, I imported the Vintage New York presets.. They worked fine in LR2, although the 03 (Light) is a bit washed out for my taste.

    Thanks for all the work you’ve done for us, Matt.


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