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How to Easily Make a 35mm Film Effect in Lightroom

How to Easily Make a 35mm Film Effect in Lightroom

Lightroom Effects

As you may imagine, there are many different ways to mimic certain effects in most design/photography applications. And Lightroom is not the exception to that rule. Making a 35mm Film effect to make digital pictures look like they came from the dark room can take you from a few to several minutes depending on the technique and the detail level you want to achive. Today, I will show you a very easy method to achieve a 35mm Film look in Lightroom in a matter of minutes without compromising the output quality and that you can use over any of your images.

Please, keep in mind that every image is unique, so the settings I will show you here should be taken as a basis for all of your images. Your particualr image may require some different values on each of the settings, but for sure will work on most of them. 

And before we begin, if you want to follow this tutorial exactly as described, please download the following free image from Pexels: Download.

Step 1

Open the image you want to apply the 35mm effect in Lightroom.

Step 2

Go to the Develop Panel, expand the Basic tab, and apply the following settings.

Step 3

Now expand the Tone Curve tab, be sure to have the Parametric Curve selected, and apply the following settings.

Step 4

Next, expand the HSL/Color tab and apply the following values.

Step 5

Expand the Color Grading tab. Select the Highlights and apply the following settings.

Step 6

Next, expand the Effects tab and under Grain apply the following values.
Note: Depending on your image size, you may need to change the Grain size to match your own image.

Step 7

Lastly, expand the Calibration tab and set the Shadows value to -5.

Step 8

With the Preset finished, a good idea is to save it for a future use on other pictures. To do that, click the "+" sign in the Presets Panel and then on Create Preset.

Step 9

In the New Develop Preset window, name your preset as you wish and click the Create button. The next time you want to use this effect, simply open your picture and click over the new 35mm Film preset.



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