Film Speck One: 102 Free Lightroom Presets for Earthlings

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.

102 Replies to “Film Speck One: 102 Free Lightroom Presets for Earthlings”

  1. 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

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

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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

  4. 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).

    1. 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: [email protected]

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

    2. 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.

    3. 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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