How to give your photos a vintage look in Lightroom

Do you also love the vintage look that you get with Instagram, Snapseed and VSCO filters? I am obsessed with the way you can give new photos a polaroid aesthetic with a few simple clicks. Unfortunately there is no way to work on raw photographs and maintain the quality unless you edit them either in Lightroom or Photoshop. I am going to show you a very simple way to get this vintage matte effect in Adobe Lightroom in 6 tiny steps.

1. Start with a well exposed raw image that has a normal amount of contrast. Import to Lightroom and work in the Develop Module.

Basic Panel

2. Add some warmth with the temperate slider. I chose 6,000K because it was a cloudy day.

3. Lighten the exposure or lower your contrast to mute the colors. I went with +0.25.

4. And lastly, bump up your blacks. (Blacks are where you see the matte effect strongest so lightening prevents those areas from getting too blocked up.) I chose +26

Tone Curve Panel

5. Create a custom point by holding Command+ clicking on the area.

6. Drag the curve up by sliding up on the left side creating a check mark. You can play with the curve here to find the contrast that you enjoy most.

Voilà! Now you can be hip AND high quality!