How to create a paint effect in Lightroom? Free Preset Included

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There are some apps that can create a paint effect. But the problem with those apps is that they don’t give you that much flexibility as the Lightroom does. Do you know what gives even more flexibility? Photoshop. But Photoshop is not we’re going to discuss in this tutorial. So, let’s see how can we create a paint effect in Lightroom.

Before we begin, here are the before and after photos.

After the paint effect in Lightroom




Download the free preset (no email required)

If you’re interested in downloading the preset for free, here’s the link to download the Lightroom paint effect preset.

Step 1: Adjust the tone

A real painting does not have a high contrast. And, this is what we’re going to do.

  • Highlights: -100
  • Shadows: +100
  • Whites: +35
  • Blacks: +100


This is how the photo looks. Above setting work with almost all photos. If it makes your photo weird, change the values.


Step 2: Adjust the details

Before we do anything else, head straight to the Details section

  • Luminance: 100
  • Detail: 6 (this varies for every photo; the goal is to create a nice looking paint effect in Lightroom)
  • Color: 100
  • Detail: 6


This is how your photo should look.


Step 3: Adjust the Split Toning

Time to give a nice color effect to the photo.


  • Hue: 60
  • Saturation: 62


  • Hue: 235
  • Saturation:53

Here’s how the photo looks.


Step 4: Adjust the Presence

There’s a new slider in Lightroom CC 2019. They added the Texture slider which basically softens the photo.

  • Texture: -100
  • Vibrace: +100

If you don’t have Lightroom CC 2019 or newer version then you can skip this step. Luminance had done most of the job. This slider is just an add on.


This is how the photo should look.


FREE – Download the preset to create paint effect in Lightroom

Here’s the preset.

It has two bonus steps.


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