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.

Black and white poster leaning against a whitewashed wall features woman in black hat, trench coat, and black gloves.

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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.

Original poster image featuring woman is in color. Develop module, Presets panel in Lightroom Classic is highlighted.

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

Three black and white preset options show drastically different versions of the woman.

We liked the Orange Filter for our photo.

The black and white preset Orange Filter is selected for more dramatic shadows and highlights.

See how our heroine turned into a hardboiled detective.

Original color photo shows warm brown and red hues. Edited black and white photo for film noir poster strikes a dramatic pose.

Now you can explore your dark side on other photos.


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