How To Edit In Black And White

How To Edit In Black And White | Mastin Labs

While Mastin Labs has three packs that contain at least one black and white film emulation preset, only one pack is all black and white. You can find Acros 100 in the Fujicolor Everyday Original pack and Tri-X 400 in the Adventure Everyday Original pack.

But, it's the Ilford Original pack that will capture the hearts of the real black and white purists out there. With three presets based on black and white Ilford films in addition to some shooting and processing emulation options unique to this pack, Ilford Original is the one to check out if you're looking for a quintessential Black and White look.

The three film emulation presets in our Ilford Original pack offer distinct black and white styles, and are coupled with settings to recreate paper tone and color filter effects for major versatility and variety. All three of the presets include versions to echo the grain of either 35mm or medium format film.

Pan F

Pan F is a deep and rich, high contrast black and white film. It's perfect for moody shots and features super fine grain. Looking to enhance the contrasty drama in an image, Pan F is the way. You'll get the deepest shadows and skin tones with this preset.


In the middle of the pack, we've got the medium grain, medium contrast HP5. HP5 is an excellent all-arounder and is perfect for street photographers and photojournalistic shooters. The grain is a little more coarse than what you'll find in Pan F, but it's still smooth and refined. 

Delta 3200

Delta 3200 is a fast, ISO 3200 film, and as such, heavy film grain is part of the territory. Its chunky grain structure is the heart and soul of the preset. Delta 3200 has a glowing quality and a marked luminance, and it shines on simple images. If the 35mm grain is looking a little too fierce for your tastes, you can tone it down by selecting the medium format version.

Tone Profiles

So those are the presets, but what are those paper tone and color filter options? I'm glad you asked! Ilford makes warm-tone and cool-tone paper options in addition to neutral paper. Included in the Ilford Everyday Original pack are simulations of both of those alternative paper choices, created from actual prints. The color filter settings correspond to glass filters you can put on your lens that alters the way the film in the camera sees colors and thus processes the scene.

For example, a red filter used with black and white film will darken blue skies to add drama, a green filter will brighten foliage and other greens in the image, and a yellow filter will boost the luminosity in skin tones.

It doesn't get much more iconic than a sweet black and white edit. As a bonus, our black and white presets are the simplest of all Mastin Labs presets to use for a quick edit. While we will typically recommend our three-step workflow, with our black and white presets, there's no need to adjust white balance unless it's way off, and with a solid starting exposure, edits will often end up needing only one-click to look good.

There's one more vital element to get the most from your Ilford Original preset pack, and that's the tone profiles. We've got a whole article about those, and you can find it here:



Ilford Original for Lightroom

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Mastin Labs Ilford Original Presets for Lightroom create a classic black and white film feel with a range of powerful looks. Ilford Original is a flexible black and white preset pack suitable for everything from weddings to portraits, to documentary.

With the streamlined Mastin 3-Step Workflow™ and end-to-end support from our team, you can finally ditch hours of editing and get back to the moments you live for. 

An Adobe Creative Cloud account is required to use our products. The minimum software versions below are required to use this preset pack.

Minimum software version: Lightroom Classic 8.0, Lightroom CC 3.0, Adobe Camera RAW 10.3

Minimum OS version: MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan), Windows 8.1 (64-bit) or Windows 10 version 1511 (64-bit)

Cameras and files: Mastin Labs presets and styles are compatible with all camera brands and raw formats.