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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.
Now that we've learned a little bit about our Black & White conversion workflow, let's go ahead and extend this, and make this image even better. Well, here what I'm going to do is create yet another virtual copy. I'll do so by pressing Command+Apostrophe on a Mac, Ctrl+ Apostrophe on a PC. With this image, what I've decided I want to do is in the Black & White panel, click on the Target Adjustment tool. I'll go ahead, and I want to darken the hills a little bit over there and then brighten the grass just a touch. And I've a little bit different amount of Contrast back there, because it was a little bit too heavy.
Yet, one of the things that I've lost, which I'm a little bit upset about, is say the brightness of the road. I want to brighten that back up. Well, how can I do that? What we're going to do is press the K key to open up the Adjustment Brush. What we can do with the Adjustment Brush is increase our overall exposure here, and I'll go ahead and increase the Exposure. As far as the Brush Size, I want a pretty big brush size, lots of Feathering, and Flow, we want a relatively high Flow amount. We're going to turn Auto Mask on. What we can do with this is make sure that the crosshairs are just covering the path there, and I can go ahead and click and paint back and forth.
Here you can see that I'm brightening up this path. So I'll go ahead and make my way back and forth as I'm doing that. Now one of the things that I want to point out is that what you're using Auto Mask, sometimes what can happen is the edges can be a little bit jagged. If you ever find that happens, well just turn Auto Mask off. Then go ahead and let's decrease our Brush Size. Then just work out those edges a little bit. So I can soften up the edges without Auto Mask turned on in order to make the transition a little bit softer there.
So again, in this particular tool, sometimes using Auto Mask works well. Sometimes it works well in combination without Auto Mask, especially in situations where it's not a super exact area. All right, well let's take a look at our before and after. Here is before and then after with that new added path. All right, well once we've done that, let's close the tool by pressing the K key. Next, I want to navigate to my Basic panel. In the Basic panel, we have a number of really good controls like Clarity.
We can add just a little bit of midtone contrast there. We can add some overall Contrast. Perhaps, a little bit of Fill Light as well and then control our Blacks. So here we have yet another and different conversion. Let's look at our overall before and after. Well, here is the original image as it was created the virtual copy. Here is the before, and then there is the after. We can also compare this with our other black & white conversions. Step one, step two, step three we're experimenting, and then finally step four, where we've arrived at a place where this image now looks really good.
The whole point here is just to get you to begin to think about how really good black & white conversions start off in the Black & White panel, but then it's about combining all of the different strengths of Lightroom together, in order to come up with the ultimate and the best black & white conversions.
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