Film Speck One: 102 Free Lightroom Presets for Earthlings

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There are as many ways to process a photo as there are stars in the night sky. In order to share my favorite processing styles with all of you, I created presets based on my favorite photos over the last year. I now present to you Lonely Speck’s first Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw preset pack: Film Speck One. It includes 102 original presets, and it’s free to download!

My post processing styles change often. I can approach the same photograph twice in the same day using the same methodology and still end up with two completely different processing results. Maybe my processing varies by my mood or maybe I just don’t like to try the same thing twice. Whatever the reason, I’ve learned that there is no wrong way to process a photograph. The variety of techniques and looks achieved through post processing is infinite.

To put this set together, I picked out my very favorite photos from 2014 and saved their processing styles as presets, tweaked each of them for more universal use and packaged them up to share with you.

About Film Speck One

Film Speck One is how I process my photos. It’s a set of presets for Lightroom (compatible with Lightroom 4 & 5) and Adobe Camera Raw that contains all the recipes I used in the last 10 months to process both my photography and astrophotography alike. Of the 102 presets available in this set, 84 of them are color and 18 of them are black and white. Each of them was used at least once by me in the last year and some much more frequently.

The presets vary a lot with a wide range of modern and retro looks. Some are more subdued and simple while others are harsh, vibrant and punchy. You’ll find presets for both natural color as well as cross-process-like color shifts. You may find some are good straight away and others might need some personal tweaks to meet your preferences. Either way, you’ll have 102 to choose from. I hope you enjoy them!

Examples from the Film Speck One Preset Collection for Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw

All of the presets in Film Speck One are named after beautiful places, both terrestrial and interstellar. A lot of these presets were built for use on astrophotography, but most of them are made to work on your everyday photographs, too. Use them on portraits, landscapes, street, abstracts, or whatever.

Here are some examples of my favorite presets from the pack.

Hover over the images to see the unedited photo.

Acamar

Acamar is a lower contrast film that displays warm highlights and rich green and teal hues in the shadows. I love the effect it has on astrophotos and portraits alike.

Eridanus

Eridanus is a monochrome film with deep and lossy shadows with a hint of violet and heavy contrast.

Io

Io is a cool, contrasty film with cross-process hue shifts, punchy highlights and crushed blacks.

Miram

Miram is one of my personal favorite films that works great on high contrast landscapes and portraits. It exudes a vintage feel with its earthy crushed shadows and punchy contrast.

Shasta

Shasta is a cool yet vibrant and saturated film that pushes out subtle details in color, particularly in shadows and blacks.

Whitefall

Whitefall is a warm and contrasty film with subdued greens and warm bright yellows and oranges for an autumn feel.

Carina

Carina is a super high contrast monochrome film with subtle hints of blue shadows and frosty highlights.

There are 95 presets in addition to the ones shown here, each of them unique, for a total of 102 Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw presets.

Download Film Speck One for Free

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or… Pay What You Want

The Film Speck One preset collection for Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw is available for free or as a pay-what-you-want download.

It’s completely free for anyone (no strings attached), but if you’d like to pitch in to support Lonely Speck and the creation of more tools like this, you can select whichever donation suits you below. They all bring you to the same download.

I hope you enjoy these presets! Let us know your favorites in the comments below.
Cheers,
–Ian

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Installing the Lightroom Presets

  1. Locate your download and extract the .zip file. (Check your Downloads folder if you’re unsure where you saved it.)
  2. Open the Film Speck One folder and open the Lightroom folder. Copy the 2 folders inside and Paste them into the Develop Presets folder:
    • On a Mac, open Finder and select Go from the menu at the top of your screen. Hold the alt/option key to reveal the hidden Library folder and select Library. From the Library folder, navigate to /Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets/
    • On a PC, it’s located in C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\Develop Presets\
  3. Relaunch Lightroom. Enter the Develop Module and select any of the presets of your choice via the Preset bar on the left. The presets will appear in 2 Film Speck One folders in the Presets bar.

Installing and Using the Presets in Adobe Camera Raw

  1. Locate your download and extract the .zip file. (Check your Downloads folder if you’re unsure where you saved it.)
  2. Open the Film Speck One folder and open the Camera Raw folder. Copy all the .XMP files (copy the individual files, not the folder) and Paste them into the Camera Raw Settings folder:
    • On a Mac, open Finder and select Go from the menu at the top of your screen. Hold the alt/option key to reveal the hidden Library folder and select Library. From the Library folder, navigate to /Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings/
    • On a PC, it’s located in C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings\
  3. Open any RAW file in Adobe Camera Raw.
  4. In Adobe Camera Raw, select the Presets Tab on the right toolbar and pick the preset of your choice.

Using the Presets

The presets are made to modify any number of Lightroom or Camera Raw settings, but they won’t touch white balance, exposure, lens corrections, noise reduction or any local adjustments like graduated filters. Here are some tips on using the presets:

  • Before applying a preset, I recommend first adjusting your photo for exposure and white balance per your own taste.
  • For astrophotos, I have included two presets for finding a neutral white balance. The first is the White Balance Check preset. It simply pushes the saturation and vibrance all the way to 100. This allows you to tweak the temperature and tint sliders until there is the widest array of colors in the night sky. Once you feel you have balanced all the colors, simply click the Reset Saturation preset to bring the colors back to normal. Now you’re ready to apply the preset of your choice.
  • Some presets may need tweaking depending on your exposure. If the preset appears too bright or dark, tweak the Exposure slider until it suits your preferences.

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Ian Norman

Creator at Lonely Speck
Ian Norman, co-founder and creator of The Photon Collective and Lonely Speck. Ian is a full time traveler, photographer and entrepreneur. In February 2013, he called it quits on his 9-to-5 to pursue a lifestyle of photography. Follow Ian's photography adventures on Instagram.

83 Responses

  1. Frank October 30, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    It might be easier to ask users to paste the following in the Windows Explorer address bar (or run it). It is the correct folder, irrespective of the username or drive configuration.
    “%AppData%\Adobe\Lightroom\Develop Presets\”

  2. Derek October 15, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Hi, looks great but can the preset be added if leasing Lightroom?

    • Ian Norman October 16, 2016 / 2:45 am

      Absolutely, the presets are fully compatible with the “leased” CC version of Lightroom.

    • Jesse Pappin October 22, 2016 / 5:51 am

      will this work for adobe photoshop elements 14 or 15 ? thanks

  3. Brenda Tate October 3, 2016 / 7:18 am

    I never did manage to get the download to work. Oh well. Love your site and have followed many of your recommendations for lens selection. Thanks! ~ Brenda

    • Ian Norman October 11, 2016 / 12:15 am

      Hi Brenda, please contact me and let me know at what stage you ran in to trouble and I’ll see what we can do to fix it! Thanks, Ian

  4. Frank Minster September 2, 2016 / 4:08 am

    Hi Ian. Your presets downloaded and extracted as XMP files. I’m using Lightroom 5.7.1 and followed all of your directions for installation through Lightroom including making a new folder under the presets. However when I try to import the extracted files I keep getting a message telling me these files are not compatible with this version. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you very much.

    • Ian Norman October 11, 2016 / 12:13 am

      Hi Frank, if you’re using Adobe Lightroom, are you making sure to use the “.lrtemplate” files instead of the .xmp files? The included .xmp files are only for use on Adobe Camera RAW. The .lrtemplate files should work with Lightroom 5.7.1 (same one we used to develop the presets) and newer versions just fine. Please feel free to contact me if you are still having issues.

  5. Birgit August 27, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    Your presets are awesome! thank you sooooo much Ian!

  6. Jeff Hamilton August 24, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Hi Ian,
    I just purchased and downloaded, and then realized I didn’t see anything regarding Adobe Lightroom CC 2015, which is what I’m using.
    Will these work with that?

    • Jeff Hamilton August 24, 2016 / 9:02 am

      Never mind. I figured out it does work!
      Thanks for these Ian!

  7. jay June 23, 2016 / 12:45 am

    Thank you very!! Amazing presets. — one question — Carina seems to be missing from the download — Is it no longer part of the bundle?

  8. Fekete Péter June 12, 2016 / 7:09 am

    I just want to thank you ! You helped me a lot !

    Awesome !

  9. James B June 9, 2016 / 1:41 am

    thanks so much

  10. James B June 9, 2016 / 1:41 am

    thank you

  11. clay May 6, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    Thank you

  12. Susan April 27, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    Thank you Ian. Just donated $10 for this wonderful pack. Enjoying the results already.

  13. Howard April 8, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    I realised where I was going wrong with the brush creation :/ please disregard the cry for help with that. All good thanks.

  14. Howard April 8, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    Hi Ian, donated 5 bucks for your presets but noticed there wasn’t the white balance correction presets that you mentioned in the bundle, also I tried to create the custom brush from your colleagues video to remove the coma around the stars following the instructions to the tee, the only alterations I had to make was to fill the black & white circles manually for some reason but after saving the brush i just end up with a faint black ring, any ideas what I’m doing wrong? (using PS CC 2015) as I really want that custom brush to tidy up the larger stars.
    ps. I love your image alignment tutorials as they are easy to follow and perfectly timed.

  15. Louis March 8, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    Sorry for this noob question : Why Lightroom instead of Photoshop? What is the difference ?

    • salsaguy March 23, 2016 / 5:38 am

      because LR was made BY and FOR photographers. PS is mainly for graphic artists and editors. PS is not needed as much as LR if you are a photographer but you can get both if you get the photographers bundle for Creative Cloud by Adobe and its $9 / month for both and you get LR mobile which is really cool to edit when away from office/home images

  16. nes February 24, 2016 / 4:46 am

    hi,
    from a noob in astro+lr 6, will the presets work in lr6?

    • Ian Norman February 26, 2016 / 2:59 pm

      Yes, they should work fine in LR6.

  17. lei yang January 27, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the presets! Easy to use and gives awesome results! I’ll be sure to make a donation as well as recommend these to my friends! Thank you!

  18. Arturo November 25, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    Ian, thank you so much. My Aurora Borealis photos looks wonderful in your presets.

  19. Jess. September 26, 2015 / 9:57 am

    I love this, this is absolutely amazing. Do they also work with Lightroom 6?

    • Ian Norman September 26, 2015 / 12:16 pm

      Hey Jess, they should work in Lightroom 6, too.

  20. andrey September 22, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    Thanks a lot for this set))

  21. Mandy September 11, 2015 / 8:18 am

    thank you so much! These presets are so beautiful :)

  22. Fernando August 13, 2015 / 12:19 pm

    Hi Ian i am new in astrophotograhy i recently buy a i fuji xt1 witn a 23mm 1.4, i seen your presets and look amazing, but i have question.. as we the not all softwares can process correctly the x trans sensor algorithm, but as i seen there isa software call iridient, this one gives you an image with impresive details and sharpness… my question: is there a way to use your presets with iridient developter

    Fernando from Venezuela

    • Ian Norman August 13, 2015 / 2:41 pm

      Fernando, the best way to use the presets with Iridient is to develop .tif file in Iridient with no color changes, (apply only the suggested RL deconvolution sharpening),import the .tif into Lightroom and then apply the preset via Lightroom.

  23. Dan Haug August 8, 2015 / 6:02 pm

    Gosh, looks like an awesome collection. Don’t suppose that you have some actions compatible with CS6?

    • Ian Norman August 10, 2015 / 4:33 pm

      They are compatible with Adobe Camera Raw in CS6

  24. Eduardo July 7, 2015 / 11:17 am

    Many thanks for the presets, will start experimenting right now =)

  25. jeerapong June 6, 2015 / 12:35 am

    Thank you.

  26. Gary May 30, 2015 / 1:21 am

    Hi Ian
    I am having problems downloading the lightroom presets.
    I can download them but when I unzip them the black files are there but the colour folder is empty. Any ideas on what to do

    • Ian Norman August 10, 2015 / 7:28 pm

      Gary, try re-downloading the presets with the “Free” option and see if that helps.

      Ian

  27. Sara Hickman May 8, 2015 / 9:41 am

    Hi Ian, I am so excited to begin here. However, regarding the “/Users/User/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Settings/” location, mine ends up with … Adobe/AIR/Updater or eulaAccepted. Do you have any idea where to go from here? I don’t have a ton of experience with illustrator, enough to get me by messing around with developing, and I’m taking an illustrator class next weekend at my local camera store. I’d love to have this installed and able to play with it a bit in time for the class. Bare with me. 😉

  28. Jonas April 28, 2015 / 1:08 pm

    Hi. Totaly amazing!
    I really love ur pictures and sense for art.

  29. Jon Davis April 16, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Hi. I just downloaded and installed into Lightroom; however, the Adobe Camera Raw installation documentation appears to be stale, based perhaps on old versions of Windows and Adobe Photoshop. I’m using the latest Windows, where user settings live in C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Adobe\CameraRaw. There is no “Settings” subdirectory in there, though, and when I put all of the xmp files in there I don’t see any new presets in Photoshop when I open a RAW file and click into the Presets tab. Also, if I choose “Import Settings” from the Presets tab, I am not able to select all the XMP files; I am only able to select one, and it doesn’t add it as a preset, rather it defines the current preset or no preset if none was already selected.

    • Ian Norman April 17, 2015 / 12:37 am

      Jon, did you try installing the presets as indicated above? Here’s a copy of the instructions:

      Installing and Using the Presets in Adobe Camera Raw

      Extract and copy the relevant .XMP files (copy the individual files, not the folder) and paste them into the Camera Raw Settings folder:
      On a Mac, it’s located in User/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings/
      On a PC, it’s located in C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings\
      Open any RAW file in Adobe Camera Raw
      In Adobe Camera Raw, select the Presets Tab on the right toolbar and pick the preset of your choice.

    • Isabel Corcos November 27, 2015 / 10:31 am

      Hi. I have the exact same thing. The instructions don’t fit my Windows 10 & PS5 Camera Raw. Did you ever solve this problem?

  30. Daniel April 1, 2015 / 7:15 am

    Hey Ian,

    thanks for sharing your great presets. We’re thrilled to let you know that our new site is finally online: https://freelightroompresets.co/ . All presets are of course FREE as a bird.
    Would be awesome if you could share this with your community:)

    Best
    Daniel

  31. Joxop March 25, 2015 / 3:33 am

    Hey Ian, your presets are awesome =)
    I paid $5 for it and i feel that I really got a steal.
    Please make another set for 2015 =).
    Looking forward !

  32. Anne February 8, 2015 / 4:27 am

    Thank you so much, I love the presets.

  33. Harry Hamilton February 3, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    Thanks,
    This has helped me a lot with my research project for year 11.

  34. Attila January 18, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    Thank you so much Ian!

  35. Frank January 15, 2015 / 11:46 am

    Heck, never mind–just found the email you sent me. Sorry.

  36. Frank January 15, 2015 / 11:45 am

    Massive fail here. . .I enough coughed up enough dough to buy you a beer, but the pingback link just returns me to the same page. I’ve tried Firefox for the Mac and Safari; both the same. I don’t think I have cookies turned off; I don’t, normally. Any other way I can get these? thanks.

  37. stephen rawlings December 21, 2014 / 9:03 pm

    Hi Ian, I downloaded the file okay but I can’t seem to import the presets to Lightroom. I right click on user presets in development module but it just gives me the option to create folder or file but not to import. what am I doing wrong? Using a mac.

  38. Jeff December 7, 2014 / 11:19 pm

    I really love what you do on this site. You produce such beautiful images and video. You have talent and technical knowledge as well as passion and it shows! I’m a young, broke photographer, but I gave $5 for the presets. That’s all I can really give right now. But thank you so much for this site!!

    • Ian Norman December 9, 2014 / 2:33 am

      Jeff,

      Thanks so much!

  39. Brent Walthall November 30, 2014 / 1:25 pm

    Hi Ian. I can’t find the link at the bottom of the page. What does it look like? I’ve clicked on pretty much everything on the page.

    Thank you.

    • Ian Norman November 15, 2014 / 10:43 pm

      You’re welcome!

  40. Bernard November 5, 2014 / 11:41 pm

    Hi lan its compatible for mac users?

    • Ian Norman November 5, 2014 / 11:50 pm

      Bernard,

      Yes! It’s compatible with Mac users. In fact, it was made on a Mac and that’s what I use too so you should be all set!

  41. JK November 3, 2014 / 5:22 am

    That worked. Thanks Ian!

  42. JK November 2, 2014 / 4:59 pm

    Ian – its strange, but for some reason, the zip file that I downloaded does not have those two files. My download starts with Acamar preset and ends with the Zosma preset. I will try to download it again and see what happens. Thanks again.

    JK

    • JK November 2, 2014 / 5:03 pm

      Just re-downloaded and those two files are still missing. Everything else worked perfect and has been loaded into Lightroom with out a problem.

    • Ian Norman November 3, 2014 / 12:49 am

      Hmm. I think that’s still strange, I’ve checked and double checked the file on the server and it all looks good from here. I wonder if it has anything to do with the asterisks in the filename or something. Try grabbing this ZIP file with just the two presets: WhiteBalanceCheck-SaturationReset-Only.zip

  43. JK November 2, 2014 / 8:15 am

    Ian,

    Thanks for the presets – they are great. Also sent a small donation. One question, I don’t see the white balance check or reset saturation presets in the download – am I missing something?

    Thanks.

    • Ian Norman November 2, 2014 / 10:25 am

      JK, thanks for the support! The “**White Balance Check” and “*Reset Saturation” presets are in the “Film Speck One – Color” folder. They each have asterisks in front of their names (as above). I double checked to make sure they are in the .zip file and it looks like everything is there. Maybe take another look? The asterisks in the names should move them to the top of the list in Lightroom if I am not mistaken.

  44. John November 2, 2014 / 6:54 am

    Will these preset work in Photo Shop? Do you have any photoshop presets available?

    • Ian Norman November 3, 2014 / 1:06 am

      Hey John, as of this time I only have the presets available for Lightroom but I’m working on a way to port them to Adobe Camera Raw for Photoshop. Not sure if I will find success but I’m going to give it a try. I’ll let you know when they’re available if I can find a way.

    • Ian Norman November 3, 2014 / 2:58 am

      John, good news! I have updated Film Speck One to include support for Adobe Camera Raw for Photoshop. The new version is now available at the download link on this page. It includes all of the original 102 presets converted to the proper .xmp files for Adobe Camera Raw.

  45. Walter November 1, 2014 / 1:45 pm

    Hello Ian, I tried many of your presets on only one of my astrophotographs and they make the image look amazing! Its as if I took a dozen new images just by using different preset! Thank you for making this available!! I purchased mine and so should others.

    • Ian Norman November 1, 2014 / 2:49 pm

      Walter, I ‘m so glad you liked them! Thanks so much for the support, I hope to make more helpful tools like this for all of you as Lonely Speck grows. Cheers, Ian

  46. cs1380 November 1, 2014 / 6:43 am

    Hi Ian – Love the site and these look great! I clicked 5 Bucks and Add To Cart and the page just reloads. I’m using Pale Moon 25 (same as Firefox).

    • Ian Norman November 1, 2014 / 2:53 pm

      Hmmm… cs1380, is your browser accepting cookies? This launch is the first time I’m using this cart system. Do any other browsers or options work for you? Maybe try the free option? If you are still having trouble, shoot me an email: ian@lonelyspeck.com

      If anyone else is having trouble getting the download to work, please let me know! Cheers,
      Ian

    • James November 1, 2014 / 8:15 pm

      This happened to me as well. Just click at the bottom of the page ‘View My Shopping Cart & Checkout’ and that’ll get you where you need to be.

    • Ian Norman November 1, 2014 / 11:07 pm

      Yes, we added the shopping cart link at the bottom of the page so that users with this issue can subsequently access the checkout. Thanks for helping find this problem.

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