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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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