In this tutorial we’ll go through the process of creating a cinema-inspired effect in Lightroom. The cinematic style works well with a lot of photos, and it is not difficult to create. The effects created in this tutorial are used in our “Intensity” preset, which is included in our set of 12 Cinema Lightroom Presets, so if you want the effect without following all of the steps you can simply use the preset.

Here is a before version of the sample photo that we’ll be using for the tutorial:

How to Create a Cinematic Effect in Lightroom

And here is what it will look like after the cinema effect:

How to Create a Cinematic Effect in Lightroom

The first step is to adjust the settings to contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks. I’m using the settings -15, -40, +30, +12, and +30.

How to Create a Cinematic Effect in Lightroom

Next, edit the clarity, vibrance, and saturation settings. I’m using +60, -5, and -20.

How to Create a Cinematic Effect in Lightroom

Next, edit the tone curve. Click on the arrow next to “linear” and select “medium contrast”.

How to Create a Cinematic Effect in Lightroom

The last thing I’ll do is give the photo a slight vignette by changing the amount setting under post-crop vignetting to -15.

How to Create a Cinematic Effect in Lightroom

And the result is a cinematic look with some intensity and a slight desaturation.

How to Create a Cinematic Effect in Lightroom

You can achieve this look by editing these setting on your own photos, or simply use our Cinema Lightroom Presets to accomplish the task quickly.