This post is sponsored by PhotographyPla.net. The settings used in this tutorial are from their Vintage Mono Lightroom Presets.

If you want to create a black & white effect with the appearance of age this tutorial will show you exactly how to do it quite easily. If you like this effect you can download it as a free preset from PhotographyPla.net. They also have a full set of 20 Vintage Mono Lightroom Presets if you want even more options.

For the tutorial we will be working with the photo below, which you can download for free from Pixabay.

How to Create a Vintage Black & White Effect in Lightroom

After the steps in the tutorial the photo will look like this:

How to Create a Vintage Black & White Effect in Lightroom

Step 1: The “Basic” Settings

In Lightroom’s Develop Module find the Basic section. First, click on “black & white” and then adjust the settings as follows:

  • Exposure: +0.36
  • Contrast: +50
  • Highlights: -12
  • Shadows: +15
  • Whites: +10
  • Blacks: -20
  • Clarity: +20

How to Create a Vintage Black & White Effect in Lightroom

By increasing the exposure we’ll lighten the photo a little. Black & white conversions tend to get a little too dark, especially when printed, so increasing the exposure can help to avoid that situation. The significant boost in contrast will help to achieve the bold look that we’re after.

Step 2: The Tone Curve

The tone curve is a big part of this effect. Apply a curve that looks similar to the one below to give the photo a matte effect.

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How to Create a Vintage Black & White Effect in Lightroom

Step 3: Split Toning

We want to give this photo a sepia tint to add to the aged feel, so use these settings for split toning:

  • Highlights hue: 40
  • Highlights saturation: 20
  • Shadows hue: 40
  • Shadows saturation: 25

How to Create a Vintage Black & White Effect in Lightroom

Step 4: Sharpening

We’ll add a little bit of sharpening with these settings:

  • Amount: 50
  • Radius: 1.5
  • Detail: 40
  • Masking: 50

How to Create a Vintage Black & White Effect in Lightroom

Step 5: The Vignette

We’ll add a subtle vignette in the “Effects” section of the Develop Module. Change the amount slider to -20.

How to Create a Vintage Black & White Effect in Lightroom

And that’s it! Here is our finished photo:

How to Create a Vintage Black & White Effect in Lightroom

If you like the effect be sure to visit PhotographyPla.net to download the free preset and check out the full set of Vintage Mono Lightroom Presets.

 

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