Three Free Preset Packages To Emulate Film in Lightroom 3

Do you love the look of film but don’t want to have to shoot and scan? Luckily, Adobe Lightroom 3 has presets that allow you to emulate that look very closely. After searching around the web for a while and shooting with the likes of Portra, Fuji Professional, and looking at Kodachrome prints, I’ve found a couple of free presets that can get the job for you on the cheap. Here are a couple of my favorites and what they look like.

Gear Used

Canon 5D Mk II

35mm f1.4 L

Canon 580 EX II

DIY Ring Flash

Film Renderings

First off, for the opening image in this article, I simply just edited the image to my own liking, saved and exported. The super bright look to it still doesn’t blow out the highlights but maintains a balance of muted skin tones with vibrant backgrounds. Overall, there is a nice softness to the image as well.

Then I reset the image, enabled the lens profile correction and went through the film renderings as I previewed them in the left side panel.

Kodak Porta 160 VC (Vibrant Color)

Kodak Ektachrome

Kodachrome 25

Kodachrome 10 Version 2

Fuji Reala 100

Fuji Pro 400 (personal choice of mine in my Yashica Electro 35 GSN)

What to Download

Ekta Chromeo: for Kodak Ektrachrome; this is the film that the internet says Steve McCurry uses.

In Memoriam – Kodachrome: for the lovely now gone film.

MikeyG’s Color Print Film Presets: for lots of the other film emulsions

What’s your favorite film emulsion? We’d like to know in the comments down below.

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Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.