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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
In certain situations, you may want to convert your images to black and white one at a time. Yet what about the situations like, the situation I have here, where you have a whole set of photographs? What you want to do is you want to have a set in color, and you also want to have a set in black and white. Well, what we can do is we can take advantage of collections in order to create different collections, one in color and one in black and white. Now there are a couple of steps here. So let's take a look at how we can actually do this, in order to have a nice black & white workflow, where we want to have two different sets of photographs.
Well, the first thing that we need to do is to scroll down to our Collections panel, whether in the Library module, or over here in the Develop module. Next, we're going to click on the plus icon, and first create a collection set. We can think of the collection set as the main organizational folder for the smaller subfolders. I'll go ahead and click on Create. Once I've done that, I'm going to navigate back to the Library module and in the Library module I'm going to go to the folder, where I have the images that I want to include as a collection.
I'll press Command+A on a Mac, Ctrl+ A on a PC, in order to select all of the photographs here. There you can see I've selected all of these images. Next, let's go down to our Collections panel and what we want to do here is click on the plus icon. This time we want to create a normal or regular collection. It's going to be part of the set Beach Family. We'll go ahead and call this one Color. Now we don't need virtual copies here, just the selected photos. We'll click Create.
Now we will have a collection with 44 images inside of it, and they're all color. All right, well, what about creating that black and white set or black and white collection? What we're going to do next is click on the plus icon, and here I'm going to choose Create Collection once again, this time naming the collection Black & White, part of the same set. We're going to this time choose Make new virtual copies. That way, we can have one version in color and one version in black and white. Yet when we create these virtual copies, one of the things you'll notice is that the virtual copies will exist in their own collection, but they'll also exist over here in this Color folder.
So we'll have to clean that up. But it won't be that big of deal. Let me show you how. So we'll click on Create. All right, well, now that we've done that, we can see our Black & White collection, 44 images, great. How can we then convert all these to black and white? We can use any of our different conversion techniques. For example, we can press the V key. What the V key will do is it will convert the image to black and white based on the color temperature. Then if we go over to the Develop module, we can select all of the photographs.
Press Command+A on a Mac, Ctrl+A on a PC, and then click on the Sync button. As long as we have the options selected for our Black & White here, we can choose Synchronize. Now as I do that, you're going to see this is going to update all of my thumbnails. I can scroll through these images and I can view them. Though keep in mind that a lot of times this conversion is just the starting point. We may need to make some further tweaks in our Basic panel, or some of our other controls, in order to make this conversion even better.
Nonetheless, it's really nice, because we have this view of all of these black and white images. All right, well, let's go back to our Color collection, because here we have a problem. If I press the G key, which will take me back to the Grid View mode, I can see the problem really clearly. What it is is I have a color and then black and white, color, black and white, so on and so forth. So what I would like to do is to remove all the black and white images from this collection. In other words, I want to remove all the virtual copies.
Here is how we do that. Press the Backslash key. That will then open your library filtering. Next, what you want to do is click to sort by virtual copies. So you only view the virtual copies. Then finally, press the Delete key. That will then remove all of those virtual copies from this particular collection. Remove the filtering. You can do so by clicking on this icon. Now here you can see we have all the color photographs in one collection. Then we have all the black and white photographs in another collection.
You can see our thumbnails are being updated there in regards to our previews, and just make sure those are all gone through, great. So as you can see, having these two different types of collections is great, because it allows us to have a workflow where we can really focus in on our black and white work, and we can open up images and make changes as needed, or for that matter, we can go through and work on our color photographs. But having them separated into two different collections makes this a little bit more functional and feasible in order to convert lots of images to black and white.
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