In this week’s tutorial we’re going to go for a nice black and white filmic fade with some edge softening. We’re going to achieve this look by utilizing our dark fade preset and by adding more grain, vignetting, and lens effects. Using the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5 we’re going to go from an ordinary photo to an extraordinary image in just a few clicks.

[Note: In the new Lightroom Presets v5, we have revamped all of the presets to improve image tonality and quality, allowing you to achieve even more amazing results. We’ve also added 95 new presets to reach a total of 311 presets in what is the gold standard of Lightroom image processing. In this series we’ll be going over how to use the new v5 presets to create great looking photos. Click Here to learn more or purchase the system.]

With each of our Ordinary to Extraordinary Edits, we’re going to first be going through how we create our effects with the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5, then we’ll be going through the details in the develop settings so everyone can understand exactly how we get to a specific look. This way, whether you have the presets or not, everyone can benefit from watching this video or reading the article below.

Lightroom Presets v5 Mixology Recipe

My Mixology

  • 01-20 BASE – SOFT STYLIZED: 23d. Dark Fade – Filmic B&W
  • 04-10 SFX – FILM & LENS: 11d. Heavy Film Grain
  • 03-20 ADJUST – DETAIL SKIN: 22. Detail Soften – Light (Portraits)
  • Radial Filter: 43 Heavy Desharpener

Watch the Lightroom Video Tutorial

Complete Written Tutorial

To get started we’re going to use the “01-20 BASE – SOFT STYLIZED: 23d. Dark Fade – Filmic B&W” preset and raise the Exposure to +1.43. Then we’re going to crop our image into a square.


To give us a more filmic look we’re going to use our “04-10 SFX – FILM & LENS: 11d. Heavy Film Grain” preset. Then we’re going to use a Radial Filter and select our “43 Heavy Desharpener” preset. This preset is going to create that “lens baby tilt shift” effect, or that blurry edge effect. The Feathering should be at 100 to get nice graduation from the sharp areas to the blurry areas.


With the “01-20 BASE – SOFT STYLIZED: 23d. Dark Fade – Filmic B&W” preset we had to raise our exposure to +1.43 because that preset pulls down a lot of our Midtones and Highlights. The preset also raised our Contrast and dropped the Highlights, Shadows, Whites and Blacks. We used the “03-20 ADJUST – DETAIL SKIN: 22. Detail Soften – Light (Portraits)” preset because we wanted to make this portrait a little softer, and that dropped our Clarity to -10. Our Tone Curve is clipping our Whites and pulling down our Highlights, and it’s bringing up the Shadows and deeper Blacks. In the Sharpening settings, we have our standard portrait settings applied. We’re not adding any Noise Reduction because we didn’t choose a “soft portrait” preset. Our Grain settings have all been raised because of our “04-10 SFX – FILM & LENS: 11d. Heavy Film Grain” preset. Here are what the Develop Settings look like after our presets are applied.

deveop settings

Here’s what our image looks like before and after our edit.






Conclusion and Learn More

We hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. If you are interested in learning more or purchasing the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5, please click any of the links in this article.

Stay tuned for more SLR Lounge Weekly Edits!