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Converting color into black and white

From: Lightroom 4 Image Optimization Workshop

Video: Converting color into black and white

I really enjoy converting a color image into a black and white version of an image. I'm sure that has a lot to do with the fact that I got started in photography working in a black and white wet-dark room in high school. But I think for many photographers, because we're thinking about light so often. That sometimes reducing an image down to just that light can be very interesting and creative. Let's take a look at how we can create a black and white interpretation of a photo in light room. The controls that we want to access for black and white are actually found down in the HSL color and BNW section. However we can quickly jump to that section with the Black and White Treatment option at the top of the basic section on the Right panel. I'll go ahead and click that Black and White option. You see that we then have a conversion, a basic conversion of the image to black and white.

Converting color into black and white

I really enjoy converting a color image into a black and white version of an image. I'm sure that has a lot to do with the fact that I got started in photography working in a black and white wet-dark room in high school. But I think for many photographers, because we're thinking about light so often. That sometimes reducing an image down to just that light can be very interesting and creative. Let's take a look at how we can create a black and white interpretation of a photo in light room. The controls that we want to access for black and white are actually found down in the HSL color and BNW section. However we can quickly jump to that section with the Black and White Treatment option at the top of the basic section on the Right panel. I'll go ahead and click that Black and White option. You see that we then have a conversion, a basic conversion of the image to black and white.

I can adjust other aspects of the image, but I'll go ahead and scroll all the way down to the black and white controls that are now visible. And you'll see now that we'll have sliders for a variety of different colors and those colors relate to the different original color values within the image. If I drag the Red slider to the right for example I will be brightening up any area of the image that is red in the original. And if I move that slider to the left I'll be darkening those areas. I can move through each of these sliders in order to create the effect I think I migiht like but I can also work directly in the image. If you click the Target button over here at the top left corner of the black and white adjustments, we can work with the On-Image adjustment. I can point, for example to the horse here, and then click and drag upward to brighten the values that are found in the horse.

Or downward to darken those values. In this case I think brightening up the horse works pretty well. That happens to be orange and reddish tones. Obviously with a brown horse that makes a lot of sense. I can also click on other areas of the image and, for example, fine tune those. I'll darken down the saddle a little bit. I find though that that is again mostly red and orange. I'll take a look at the tail here. If I click and drag on the tail of the horse, again, mostly orange but now with a little bit of yellow and red. So that will adjust a slightly different portion of the image, and I can continue in this way, working with the image, fine tuning the luminance values. Of different areas of the image based on their original color. Once you've finished working directly on the image, you can once again click the button at the top left of the black and white section here. And at any time, you can continue adjusting the individual sliders. In this case, the image was quite warm to begin with. So many of these cooler tones, the greens, the aquas and blues we'll have very little to perhaps no effect in the image.

But you can experiment around, exploring different possibilities, in terms of interpreting the original color information into black and white. And of course we can also manipulate that original source image. If I shift the temperature slider to the left you'll see that I start to see some rather dramatic changes within the image. Moving it to the right will get some different interpretations. Of course, keep in mind that this image was already relatively warm and I've brightened up some of those warmer tones. So if I shift the temperature to the right in this particular image then I'll end up with a blown out type of look. But if I shift a little further to the left, that will give me some different interpretations of the photo and possibly some different opportunities to fine tune the result.

With these sliders in the black and white section so you can mix and match a variety of different controls. And obviously apply total adjustments as well to that black and white image for example I might come in and brighten or darken the shadow areas of the image. Or perhaps brighten up some of those highlight areas. So I can still use all of those other adjustments that I might use on a full color image in order to find tune a black and white interpretation of the photo.

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Lightroom 4 Image Optimization Workshop

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  1. 1m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
  2. 15m 9s
    1. Overview of the Develop module workflow
      3m 8s
    2. Evaluating images
      3m 26s
    3. Seeing a before-and-after view
      3m 40s
    4. Correcting mistakes with the History and Snapshot features
      4m 55s
  3. 20m 17s
    1. Starting with a Develop preset
      4m 9s
    2. White balance adjustment
      4m 8s
    3. Basic exposure controls
      3m 26s
    4. Highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks
      3m 15s
    5. Adding clarity to an image
      2m 15s
    6. Boosting colors with Vibrance and Saturation
      3m 4s
  4. 31m 39s
    1. Fine-tuning with the Tone Curve adjustment
      7m 22s
    2. Advanced color adjustments
      5m 5s
    3. Sharpening an image
      6m 33s
    4. The Graduated Filter tool
      5m 2s
    5. Painting adjustments into an image
      7m 37s
  5. 24m 11s
    1. Cleaning up blemishes
      5m 4s
    2. Cropping and straightening photos
      5m 55s
    3. Applying noise reduction
      3m 52s
    4. Lens correction adjustments
      6m 2s
    5. Removing red-eye
      3m 18s
  6. 18m 41s
    1. Creating virtual copies
      2m 52s
    2. Converting color into black and white
      3m 51s
    3. Adding a color tint
      2m 30s
    4. Split toning effects
      3m 20s
    5. Adding a vignette effect
      3m 56s
    6. Adding a film grain effect
      2m 12s
  7. 12m 31s
    1. Adjusting multiple images with Quick Develop
      2m 49s
    2. Duplicating the previous adjustment
      2m 38s
    3. Copying and pasting Develop settings
      3m 54s
    4. Synchronizing Develop settings
      3m 10s
  8. 17m 16s
    1. Basic Photoshop workflow
      5m 41s
    2. Stitching panoramas
      5m 1s
    3. Working with HDR images
      6m 34s

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