The film noir trend in Hollywood during the 1940s and ’50s featured a visual style that heightened the sense of alienation and deception. Create tension in your photos by applying a touch of film noir using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic.

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Choose File > Import Photos and Video and then add the sample photo, or use your own.

Start with a photo that strikes a dramatic pose. It’s okay if it’s color. Then, go to the Develop module and locate the Presets panel.


Explore the Classic–B&W Filter options in the Presets panel and you’ll have the look you want in no time.


We liked the Orange Filter for our photo.


See how our heroine turned into a hardboiled detective.

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Now you can explore your dark side on other photos.


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