When photography was first invented in the 1830s, Black and White Photography was the only option. As the original form of photography, Black and White photography creates a timeless look and feel. When used with intent, Black and White editing can add to the story of an image and make it more impactful.
While each of our Lightroom Preset packs come with a “Black and White” preset, we received requests for more creative control. Depending on the desired look and feel, you may want a high contrast, gritty image or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, a more subdued and soft style. You also might also want control over the color toning of the image, with hints of blues, oranges, yellows and more.
So Pye went to work creating a Black and White Preset pack. But he didn’t want to create just any pack. For those familiar with the way Pye works, he’s always looking for new approaches that combine versatility, functionality, and an intuitive workflow.
Introducing the Black and White Mixer
The result is his latest pack, the Black and White Mixer, coming soon! The Black + White Mixer is a powerful black and white raw processing toolkit that is unlike any black and white presets you may have used before.
Set 1 | Final Mixes
It begins with 10 One-Click presets or “Final Mixes” that are designed to provide modern and filmic looks to your portrait and landscape photography.
Like all Visual Flow Packs, these Final Mixes have simple names that tell you exactly what they do.
Set 2 | VF Mixer
What makes each of these Final Mixes more unique is our proprietary “VF Mixer.” The VF Mixer is a B&W Profile that we’ve designed to ramp up the overall intensity of each Final Mix Preset. This gives you an unprecedented level of creative control over each black and white look.
From there, we drew a little inspiration from some of our previous presets products on SLR Lounge. Specifically, we pulled into this pack the concept of “Mixology.” But of course, we’ve done this with a unique Visual Flow spin. Within the B+W Mixer are four additional preset folders that are labeled with numbers.
01 BW Profile + Lighting
02 Tone Curve
04 Color Grading
What you’re seeing is a step-by-step workflow that allows you to customize and perfect your own black and white look. You can start with a Final Mix and then adjust the Tone Curve, Stylization and Color Grading. Or you can start from scratch by selecting a Profile + Lighting Condition (which contains the VF Mixer black and white Profile).
While the pack has 12 beautiful One-Click looks, Mixology is what gives you a near-infinite variety of potential tweaks! Once you find a look you like, save it as a new Final Mix!
All-in-all, what we have in the B+W Mixer is another Visual Flow development tool that’s unlike anything you’ve ever used before. All of it is non-destructive and right there within your standard Lightroom workflow.
Black and White Mixer | Sample Before and After Images
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Primer and Intro
For an in-depth look at the new mixer, see the introduction and primer below.