What You Get:
Silver Shadows 2 represents nearly four years of study since Gavin released version 1. Silver Shadows 2 produces artisan quality black and white in Lightroom. Gavin’s deep studies of the nuances of black, white, and tonalities, make it a toolkit like no other. Organized with more than a hundred effects to address the subtleties of silver conversion and give you endless possibilities.
Seim on Silver Shadows 2
“The perfect black and white not just de-saturation or a quick contrast adjustment. Silver is as subtle and complicated as it’s been for over 150 years and you know that. That’s why Silver Shadows II needed to be like nothing else. We made it to take digital images and scans and make world class conversions simple and makes your visualization come to life from screen to print.”
- Download the FREE Silver Shadows II sampler.
- Video. How to install Lightroom Presets.
- Read Gavin’s Super Workflow article.
What users are saying!
“I just downloaded Silver Shadows and it is definitely the best money I’ve spent on presets in a very, very long time!” — Lisa B
“Silver Shadows 2 goes toe-to-toe with Nik’s Silver Efex Pro and emerges unscathed. The ability to work completely within Lightroom with the tools you already are familiar with is worth adding to every workflow.” – Jim Haverstock, Photos On The Go.
“Your monochrome set is the best out there” John Francis.
“Gavin, your black and white presets are amazing! I just edited a few hundred images using them, and I love the rich, bold balance it gives to my images” Michael Anderson Photography
“Gavin, SS 2 is fantastic.” Paul Donihue
“These presets have become an integral part of my B&W workflow.” — Jay Taylor
“You are a bloody genius! I’ve got loads of presets but yours are the ones I routinely go back to. If creating presets were a scientific endeavor, I’ve no doubt you’d be a Laureate by now.” — Richard Barry
“Absolutely rocks! Hardly used Silver Efex since I got them” John, Catchlight Studios
“Gavin, Silver Shadows V2 is AWESOME !!!” Carole P.
SS2 is carefully organized into categories to help you quickly get what you need. Don’t forget that category names also act as one click “Reset Presets.” They will quickly reset your image to RAW defaults, while leaving your crop and local adjustment details alone. Also, don’t be afraid to mix up different presets or tweak settings yourself after the effect had been applied. The possibilities are endless.
SS2 presets are divided into convenient style-based categories.
0. UTILITIES – 10 Presets.
This is a quick group of essential tools for refining your black and white images. It includes grain tools, vignettes, and quick button for resetting them. Note that grain effects will only work in LR3 and later.
1. SILVER CLASSICS – 14 Presets.
A mix of conversions, these are all designed to be everyday power presets. This is a quick start category with a selection of amazing conversions of a broad variety of images.
2. CHANNEL SILVER – 17 Presets.
All (Cp) presets, the Silver Channels category is a group of luscious effects that leaves non-channel settings entirely alone and mixes well with previously applied effects. See more details below.
3. DYNAMICS SILVER- 12 Presets
These powerful tools tweak the tonalities and dynamic range of an image in various ways. Sometimes bold and sometimes subtle, these presets are carefully crafted to give you control in situations where the light and dynamic range need perfect refinement.
4. GENTLE SILVER – 12 Presets
These are more subtle processes. Look here when you want gentle contrasts, subtle light, and easy going black levels.
5. HARD SILVER – 13 Presets.
Now things are getting intense. Hard Silver is where you’ll find bold contrasts, intense channel mixes, and infrared-like effects. They’re powerful, but use with caution. It’s easy to overdo boldness.
6. SILVER TONES – 20 Presets.
These are carefully planned color tints for black and white. Some hearken back to vintage tones in the darkroom; some are fresh color blends that are not possible with film. A few of these convert to B&W, but most are the new independent TONE effects as described below.
RAW Reference Files.
It’s great to have some base reference files to try effects and experiment on. SS2 includes 3 full 5D MK2 RAW files from Gavin. He selected them as versatile test subjects and aids to help gain a better understanding of the conversion process. These cannot be used in your own portfolio, but they are great reference files on which to experiment.
Included in the order of SS2 are notations on certain presets. These are terms used throughout all our presets and show things about a given preset to help you better mix and match. You can learn more about the different type on the guide:
Try just a few of the endless combinations.
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