The Kodachrome Project – Lightroom Presets

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The Kodachrome Project – Lightroom Presets

Creator: Freddie Child-Villiers
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What is The Kodachrome Project?

The Kodachrome project has been twelve months in the making, spurred on by my fascination with Kodachrome’s aesthetic and imagery. I own various presets and third-party software that claims to recreate the iconic look (Exposure 5, Colour Efex Pro, DXO, etc.), but all fall short. Each attempted to recreate the films’ rich reds, yellows, and blues by boosting the corresponding channels’ saturation. However, this global approach was often unflattering to skin tones and introduced a colour cast in the whites.

So, I set about designing and testing my own profiles – dubbed ‘The Kodachrome Project’.

What makes the Kodachrome Project different?

Through my testing, I learnt that Kodachrome had an incredibly intricate set of parameters, which meant the film wasn’t suited for every occasion. However, much like knowing when and how to use a particular lens, it excelled when used to its strengths.

With this in mind, I began to collect photographs captured on Kodachrome, along with images of similar subject matter captured digitally. Using this archive of imagery, I matched the colour and tone of the Kodachrome images to the digital files, testing them against hundreds of examples. I later converted these adjustments into a three-dimensional colour space. This allowed me to accurately remove the colour cast, mask the undesirable saturation affecting the skin tones while at the same time boosting the reds, yellows and blues – completing the films iconic look.

The result is a colour profile that behaves very similarly to Kodachrome, even down to its dynamic range. That said, just as one would shoot to Kodachromes strengths, the same process needs to be applied to this profile. The more colour and contrast an image contains, the more this profile will excel. Use it on a desaturated scene, and the profiles effect will be subtle.

Speed up your workflow and transform your portfolio today with this amazing profile by Freddie Child-Villiers.

  • The Kodachrome Project Profile
  • + 18 Lightroom Presets
  • Vibrant Colors
  • Crisp Detail
  • Free Help Files and Support


  • All camera makes, models and file types:
    RAW (Recommended), JPEG, TIFF, HEIC, HEIF, PSD, PSB, Etc.
  • Adobe Lightroom Classic CC (7.3+)
  • Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Adobe Lightroom Mobile
  • Adobe Photoshop CC

1 review for The Kodachrome Project – Lightroom Presets

  1. John Barreto (verified owner)

    Update on my previous review: the developers reached out quickly. Very much appreciated!

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