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In my opinion, the best way to convert your images to black and white is by using the Targeted Adjustment tool, and we can use this tool to create a quick black and white conversion that we can start to modify in order to create more compelling or interesting black and white photographs. Like with this landscape photograph here that I captured; I want to convert this image to black and white, so we'll press our shortcut key to use the Targeted Adjustment tool. Press Shift+Option+Command+G, think G for grayscale, on a Mac, or press Shift+Alt+Control+G on Windows.
This will open up our Black & White adjustment panel. Here we can go ahead hover over the image, and if we want to darken up the sky, we can just click and drag over the different areas of the sky. If we want to change the brightness of the hills, here we can do that by simply clicking and dragging in order to change, or make adjustments to those areas of our photograph. And by doing this, we have a more interesting or compelling black and white image. Here I'll make even a few more adjustments, and here you can see, with a few simple clicks, we now have a pretty interesting black and white photograph.
After having use the Targeted Adjustment tool, what I like to do is to go back to the Basic panel. To do that, press Command+1 on a Mac, or Control+1 on Windows. Here it may be helpful to increase the Clarity a little bit, or perhaps to bring a touch of light into the Shadows, or maybe to add a little bit Contrast or brightening with the Exposure, or to modify the Highlights. Oftentimes, it's a combination of these two panels together, and in particular, of using that Targeted Adjustment tool, that will help you create interesting black and white photographs.
So, to reiterate that shortcut that we used, it's Shift+Option+Command+G on a Mac, that Shift+Alt+Control+G on Windows; that allows you to select the Targeted Adjustment tool in the Black & White panel.
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