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6 Best Free Luminar Presets for Your Photography

by Brenda Barron on Sep 10, 2018

Luminar is a fantastic piece of photo editing software designed by Skylum.

If you’re looking for an alternative to Adobe Photoshop to help you design incredible pictures, then Luminar has everything you need. From a simple user interface to a range of fantastic filters and presets to play with.

The question is, what are the best free Luminar presets for your photography?

To help you explore your new photo editing software in style, we’ve put together this handy blog post. By the time you’re finished reading, you’ll have:

  • A selection of free Luminar presets
  • Insight into which preset is best for what kinds of photography
  • An introduction to loading new presets into your Luminar software

Let’s get started!

Photo editing software open on a laptop

How to Install Your Free Luminar Presets

Before we begin exploring the different presets that are available to help you brighten up your photos and add depth to your slideshows, let’s see how to add your free presets into the Luminar application.

If you’re installing presets directly from the Luminar website, then all you need to do is download them. Find the file with the mplumpack extension, then drag and drop it onto the Luminar icon on your desktop home screen. Alternatively, if you’re downloading your presets from a third-party, you’ll need to:

  • Download your free Luminar presets to your computer
  • Unpack the folder, and go into the Luminar tool
  • Click on File > Presets Folder
  • Open the Custom folder
  • Drag and drop the .lmp files into that folder and restart the tool

Now that you know how to install your presets let’s explore some of our favorites.

1.     Painted Sky

A bright and colorful sky can be all it takes to give depth and beauty to any outdoor image. If your photo looks a little dreary or overcast, the Painted Sky preset will help bring sunlight back into the frame. You can boost the colors of the sunset all throughout your image, creating a warmer picture and a more stunning selection of landscape photography. Like the other free Luminar presets on this list, all you need to do is click on the preset title to use it!

An example of the Painted Sky Luminar Preset, used on an image of a fancy building with the sky behind it

2.     Cinematic

Sometimes, you really want to bring a little more drama into your images. Fortunately, you can do that easily with this Cinematic Luminar preset. This is a great option for adding extra contrast and shading into your images. It’s great for cityscape photography, or portraits when you want to add a sophisticated and seductive look.

An example of the Cinematic Luminar preset, used on an image of a motorcycle parked against a concrete building

3.     Dynamic Film

This unique filter gives an almost nostalgic effect to your photography, by increasing the brightness and helping the natural saturation in the image shine through. If you’re trying to create a vintage appeal with your photos, or you want a retro look, then this option from our selection of free Luminar presets could be ideal. Dynamic Film even comes with dynamic base settings.

An example of the Dynamic Film Luminar preset, used on an image of a vintage car

4.     Perfect Day

Wedding photographers look no further. The Perfect Day Luminar preset is perfect for wedding and landscape photography, as it helps to add light, saturation, and sharpness to your photos. If you want your customers to be able to see every detail of your stunning images, then this is the ultimate preset for you. You can make it as subtle or as significant as you like, depending on the kind of atmosphere you want to create.

An example of the PRefect Day Luminar preset, used on an image of a couple of kayaks on a stony beach, with the sun setting over the water in the background

5.     Sunflare

Another vibrant option in our selection of free Luminar presets, Sunflare is designed to add a warm filter to your images, along with a vintage light leak effect that really brings your photography to life. Sunflare could be a great addition to any kind of photography, even if you’re just bringing a new style into your portfolio.

An example of the Sunflare Luminar preset, used on an image of a sunflower in a field

6.     Night Streaking

Finally, if you’re looking for something truly dynamic, this Night Streaking preset is sure to do the trick. The filter adds a touch of warmth to your photo while saturating the colors for additional vibrancy. This preset is particularly good for night images to give darker pictures a bit of a spark.

An example of the Night Streaking Luminar preset, used on an image of a busy street at night

Those are our top 6 free Luminar presets for photographers from almost any background.

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