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The Difference between SilverLux and T-Pan – My two black and white Style Packs for Capture One

With the launch of T-Pan for Capture One this week, I now have two style packs available for the software. The other being SilverLUX. I had a couple of questions from customers and readers over the past few days as to the difference between T-Pan and SilverLUX, and so, here is a quick breakdown of the differences between the two Style Packs.

SilverLUX was designed to be more of an effect. It has a wide range of looks, some of which are quite high contrast. The official blur says: “There are a variety of monochrome styles included, with looks ranging from the traditional black and white film look, to a more high contrast rich black ink look”. When I was creating theses, the goal was to try and capture the broad range of monochrome styles that were popular on various online photo sharing sites, from popular photographers.

T-Pan on the other hand is specifically designed to look like film. T-Pan was originally designed for Lightroom, and T-Pan for Capture One was a port of the Lightroom Presets. I had used actual scanned film, specifically Fuji Neopan and Illford XP2 as my inspiration when creating these, although they’re not an exact emulation, but more of an inspiration. They are less contrasty and more of a rich tonality, trying to capture as much as possible of the feel of analogue film.

To give you an idea of the differences, here is the same image in a selection of styles. First, here it is with 2 styles from SilverLUX

Street Scene from Cambridge UK - Processed using Silver LUX style pack for Capture One
Street Scene from Cambridge UK - Processed using Silver LUX style pack for Capture One

And then two styles from T-Pan

Street Scene from Cambridge UK - Processed using T-PAN style pack for Capture One
Street Scene from Cambridge UK - Processed using T-PAN style pack for Capture One

I hope that makes it a bit clearer for those wondering how they compare.