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Converting color pictures to black and white

From: Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

Video: Converting color pictures to black and white

So, we're going to talk a little bit about Black & White right now. A lot of times I like to do black and whites of portraits and landscapes, in part just to see how they look, but sometimes I like the Black & White version better than the Color. I've played with this image a little bit. I have a color version that I like, but I want to see how it's going to work in Black & White. So, what I'm going to do, my workflow here is fairly simple. I'm going to right-click on the image and get our contextual menu, and I'm going to duplicate the version, so that we have two versions now.

Converting color pictures to black and white

So, we're going to talk a little bit about Black & White right now. A lot of times I like to do black and whites of portraits and landscapes, in part just to see how they look, but sometimes I like the Black & White version better than the Color. I've played with this image a little bit. I have a color version that I like, but I want to see how it's going to work in Black & White. So, what I'm going to do, my workflow here is fairly simple. I'm going to right-click on the image and get our contextual menu, and I'm going to duplicate the version, so that we have two versions now.

To check what we've done, we'll go right here. There is our original. It's actually calling it Version 3. It's doing that to torment me, really what I want to do that was change that to Black & White. Okay. So, we have 764 Black & White right here, and then we just have our regular 764 right here, and then this is a different shot. So, we're all set. So, even though I've called it Black & White, it's not Black & White yet.

That's the next thing we're going to do. So, I'm going to go over to Adjustments, then I'm also going to hit the V key here and to bring that up, I hit the V key twice. Now, Black & White, by default, won't be in our Adjustments pane, but the way that we added is we just go to the Adjustments pop-up menu, and Black & White is in this menu here. So, all you have to do is go down to Black & White right here. Click on that.

Now we've added that brick to this pane. That brick will be here every time we come back to this image, but it won't be part of the default set. Now if you want to make it part of the default set, if you do a lot of Black & White work, you can just go to the Gear menu, and you can say Add to default set, and it will always be there, going forward. But we're not going to do that right now. So, here we go. We have an automatic conversion to Black & White, and we have three sliders: red, green and blue.

You can play with these sliders a little bit to adjust the effect of the Black & White. So, for instance, I'm going to use the red slider to sort of lighten up some of those tones a bit. The green, I usually don't do a whole lot with the green, and this is going to be the case once again. And then the Blue slider does affect the sky. So, I'm going to bring that down just a little bit and add a little drama. Now I'm also going to show you a little tip here. You can fine-tune your Black & White Adjustments by going back and enabling White Balance.

I'm using the Temperature slider and watch what happens. See how I get to do some fine-tuning on my Black & White conversion with the Temperature slider, because this is still an RGB image. It's still a red, green, blue image. So, there we go. Now I have something that I like, at least on first brush. I'm going to hit the V key again. Now, I have my Black & White version and my Color version right there side by side.

If I want, I can even highlight them both and include them in the stack. That way I can have the Black & White version on top if I want, or if I want I can go back to Stacks, and I can make the Color version the Pick, knowing that when I open up the Stack I have the Black & White underneath it. Now, Aperture 3 has added more Black & White goodness, and we're going to talk about that when we get to Presets. But I'll just give you a little bit of a preview right now that under Presets you'll also see Black & White, and it actually has the actual Black & White filters.

Those of you that did Black & White photography in the film days will recognize this. I will show you more about that when we talk about Presets. For now, you have the Black & White brick right here in Aperture, and it is a pretty good way to go.

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Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

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  1. 2m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 41m 2s
    1. Understanding the system requirements
      1m 46s
    2. Understanding key Aperture terms
      6m 5s
    3. Touring the interface
      4m 43s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      7m 41s
    5. Customizing the top toolbar
      2m 5s
    6. Setting up two monitors
      2m 44s
    7. Configuring for faces and places
      5m 37s
    8. Understanding RAW files
      5m 5s
    9. Following the recommended Aperture workflow
      3m 23s
    10. Running Aperture Library First Aid
      1m 53s
  3. 45m 49s
    1. Preparing for import
      7m 38s
    2. Using managed libraries or the referenced file approach
      8m 7s
    3. Creating metadata presets
      5m 23s
    4. Adding keywords on import
      1m 44s
    5. Importing images from a digital camera
      4m 48s
    6. Using the RAW+JPEG option
      3m 36s
    7. Importing movies from your digital camera
      3m 10s
    8. Importing images from a hard drive
      4m 29s
    9. Importing images from an iPhone
      3m 48s
    10. Importing live images from an iPad or an iPhone
      3m 6s
  4. 39m 22s
    1. Working in Projects view
      6m 33s
    2. Working in Photos view
      3m 22s
    3. Viewing in full-screen mode
      5m 25s
    4. Zooming to actual size
      1m 23s
    5. Using the Loupe for a closer look
      3m 24s
    6. Showing focus points
      1m 28s
    7. Using Quick Preview
      1m 22s
    8. Proofing profiles and on-screen proofing
      2m 58s
    9. Customizing metadata overlays
      5m 26s
    10. Managing previews
      5m 34s
    11. Learning the heads-up displays
      2m 27s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Creating projects and albums
      3m 22s
    2. Rating images by stars and color
      9m 52s
    3. Flagging images
      2m 0s
    4. Organizing a series with stacks
      5m 47s
    5. Grouping images with Smart Albums
      3m 20s
  6. 17m 22s
    1. Understanding the Aperture 3 library
      2m 45s
    2. Switching between Aperture 3 libraries
      2m 21s
    3. Exporting single or multiple projects as libraries
      3m 0s
    4. Merging multiple libraries into one
      3m 53s
    5. Splitting libraries
      3m 5s
    6. Sharing libraries
      2m 18s
  7. 58m 21s
    1. Defining the difference between master and version files
      4m 47s
    2. Working with the Adjustments pane
      6m 28s
    3. Updating RAW processing from previous versions of Aperture
      5m 55s
    4. Reading a histogram
      2m 8s
    5. Adjusting white balance
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting exposures
      4m 37s
    7. Enhancing photos
      3m 24s
    8. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 34s
    9. Customizing auto adjustments for levels and curves
      1m 50s
    10. Adjusting tonality with the Levels tool
      5m 45s
    11. Adjusting colors
      5m 5s
    12. Converting color pictures to black and white
      4m 14s
    13. Sharpening edges
      5m 54s
    14. Using the Vignette effect
      3m 9s
  8. 41m 13s
    1. Cropping images
      4m 39s
    2. Retouching blemishes
      7m 39s
    3. Fixing spots
      3m 2s
    4. Using Straighten Crop and Flip
      2m 19s
    5. Fixing a chromatic aberration
      2m 9s
    6. Reducing visual noise
      3m 5s
    7. Making adjustments with the Curves tool
      8m 53s
    8. Rotating images
      1m 22s
    9. Removing the Vignette effect
      2m 0s
    10. Using the Color Monochrome and Sepia tools
      4m 27s
    11. Considering the Sharpen tool
      1m 38s
  9. 44m 37s
    1. Introducing brushes
      2m 53s
    2. Using quick brushes
      7m 7s
    3. Using adjustment brushes
      4m 26s
    4. Retouching portraits with adjustment brushes
      5m 10s
    5. Creating multiple bricks for a single adjustment
      3m 25s
    6. Applying presets
      5m 46s
    7. Modifying presets
      2m 39s
    8. Highlighting hot and cold areas
      1m 51s
    9. Roundtripping to Photoshop
      3m 49s
    10. Using the edit plug-ins
      2m 52s
    11. Customizing the Adjustments pane
      1m 30s
    12. Batch processing with Lift and Stamp
      3m 9s
  10. 20m 41s
    1. Setting up face recognition
      4m 37s
    2. Searching for faces
      3m 43s
    3. Working with images that have existing tags in places
      3m 18s
    4. Adding geo tags using places in Aperture
      4m 28s
    5. Searching by place
      4m 35s
  11. 15m 42s
    1. Applying keywords
      4m 52s
    2. Creating unique captions quickly
      3m 17s
    3. Batch changing
      7m 33s
  12. 7m 0s
    1. Using the Search box
      4m 24s
    2. Creating Smart Albums for searching
      2m 36s
  13. 12m 48s
    1. Exporting masters and versions
      9m 10s
    2. Using the export plug-ins
      3m 38s
  14. 6m 44s
    1. Developing a backup strategy
      2m 23s
    2. Backing up with vaults
      2m 18s
    3. Restoring from a vault
      2m 3s
  15. 29m 52s
    1. Viewing your images via a quick slideshow
      3m 54s
    2. Setting up complex slideshows
      8m 19s
    3. Customizing individual slides
      8m 6s
    4. Adding video to your slideshows
      4m 13s
    5. Pulling a still frame from a movie
      1m 37s
    6. Exporting slideshows
      3m 43s
  16. 21m 39s
    1. Preparing your book project
      7m 9s
    2. Adjusting your book
      4m 54s
    3. Creating a custom template
      7m 2s
    4. Outputting your book
      2m 34s
  17. 22m 21s
    1. Emailing a photo from Aperture
      3m 27s
    2. Seeing your Aperture library from other applications
      1m 59s
    3. Building a web page
      4m 57s
    4. Publishing a web gallery
      3m 22s
    5. Publishing images to Flickr
      5m 58s
    6. Publishing images to Facebook
      2m 38s
  18. 10m 58s
    1. Printing a single image
      6m 32s
    2. Printing multiple images
      3m 4s
    3. Ordering prints from within Aperture
      1m 22s
  19. 36m 8s
    1. Taking advantage of Retina display Macs
      1m 56s
    2. Understanding the unified library for iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 2s
    3. Getting the most out of the advanced white balance adjustment
      4m 5s
    4. Understanding the changes in the revised Shadows and Highlights tool
      5m 23s
    5. Using Professional Auto Enhance as a starting point for image editing
      3m 24s
    6. Creating your own Auto Enhance presets
      2m 6s
    7. Using iPhoto effects in Aperture
      1m 34s
    8. Increasing performance with Fast Browsing combined with Quick Preview
      3m 40s
    9. Controlling Photo Stream in Aperture
      3m 52s
    10. Deleting images from your Photo Stream
      2m 2s
    11. Deleting images from the iPhone, reordering projects, and setting the desktop photo
      2m 33s
    12. Transferring photos into Aperture from the iPad and the iPhone
      2m 31s
  20. 1m 35s
    1. Looking ahead
      1m 35s

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