4.58Slate & Ivory Presets // Review
$65 CAD
Slate & Ivory

Slate & Ivory Presets // Review

4.58GP. score
5Public score
10 Black and White Presets
File types
Based on Adobe Standard, so any Raw file supported by Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom

Slate & Ivory presets are created by Toronto based photographer Jennifer Moher. Jen is known for her gorgeous use of black and white imagery, winning many wedding photography awards. (Wedding image above by Tara Lilly)

01. Intro

Something a bit different from the current trends. An award winning wedding photographer, known for her black-and-white imagery, has taken a risk and released an all BW preset pack. BW presets are often treated as secondary, but not here. This pack includes 10 BW presets, offering looks for diverse situations and taste.

02. Overview Video

03. Overall Look

Overall, these black and whites maintain a classic feel. Inspired by the BW film stocks of yesteryear. Here is a quick description of each preset:

The Artsy One – This preset is the most overly useful of the bunch. A timeless feel, full of contrast while maintaining great skin tones.
The Bold One – This one brings the highlights down while letting the whites go closer to true white.
The Classic One – Very similar to The Artsy One, with a change to skin tone brightness.
The Dramatic One – Deep blacks and pulled down highlights, the name says it all.
The Elegant One – The lowest contrast BW of the bunch, very pleasing in high contrast light situations or when going for a softer look.
The Hip One – Deep dark blacks and crushed highlights, often used to clean up messy highlight areas or for that hipster look.
The Moody One – Similar to the Hip One, but turned down a notch. Making for a useful, yet aggressive look.
The Old One – Going after the look of 60 year old film scans. Watch for highlight halos in some images.
The Romantic One – This one screams Tri-X, a gorgeous bw for general use.
The Vintage One – Similar to The Romantic One, with lifted black point for a faded look.


Subtle highlight grain.

Skin Tones

Bright, film-like, skin tones.

04. One Click Boom

Across the board, these presets worked great with one click. It was fun to click through each preset on the same image and see what was affected and appreciate the different feeling of each preset. As with most BW presets, editing is much easier when you don’t need to pay much attention to color casts / white balance. It simply becomes the search for the perfect tone curve.

Matt & Tish
The Artsy One
Matt & Tish
The Artsy One

05. Technical

These presets are based on Adobe Standard, meaning practically every camera model is supported.
BW presets generally have less of a need for a custom camera profile, since slight color differences at the sensor level are easily hidden.

The only technical issue we found was on the Old One:

The curve allows for whites to be brought back to grey, while the highlight area is pushed upward, creating a halo effect in certain images. You can make a slight curve adjustment as seen in our overview video to fix this.

06. Consistency

These achieved consistent results across camera bodies and manufacturers, in different light situations and settings.

The Arsty One // Kristen Marie Parker
The Old One // Dylan M Howell
The Moody One // Matt & Tish

07. Typical Tweaks

With the 10 different presets available, it is easy to pick the look that fits your goals and then make slight adjustments to the basic panel sliders if needed. Rarely did anything outside of exposure need tweaking.

Photo: Kristen Marie Parker

Split Toning
Some needed ~.5 stop exposure added.
White Balance

08. Strong Points

Ten useful BW looks from the master of BW wedding photography.
These are well thought out and developed presets that would make a handy addition to any processing toolbox.

09. Weak Points

Watch for highlight haloing in the Old One.

10. Before / After

The Elegant One // Dylan M Howell
The Artsy One // Matt & Tish
The Old One // Matt & Tish
The Artsy One // Dylan M Howell

11. Uniqueness

The entire premise of this pack is unique in the preset world. Only black and white, with ten useful looks.
If you’ve struggled finding the perfect black and white, give these a try. At the very least, playing with them and noting the differences will teach you the secrets of crafting a strong BW preset.

12. Value

With these coming in at $65CAD, or roughly $50USD, they’re a great deal.
You also receive a helpful tutorial video and free color preset.

Slate & Ivory Presets // Review
Good stuff
  1. Gorgeous BW Presets
  2. Easy + Consistent
  3. Good Value
Bad stuff
  1. None?!
Overall look
One click boom
Final Score
Based on 3 reviews
5 Users (3 votes)
Overall Look5
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