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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.
With certain photographs, there is something poignant and profound that happens when we convert them to black-and-white. It's almost as if by removing colors sometimes we can add more to a photograph. So therefore in this movie what I want to do is just begin to take a look at how we can start to convert our photographs to black-and-white. I am here in the Develop module, and you will notice that I have the Basic panel opened and at the top of the Basic panel, we have two different Treatments, Color or Black & White. These are actually buttons. If we click on Black & White, it will convert our photograph to black-and-white.
Now we can also access these different treatments by way of a shortcut. It's a great shortcut. You want to write this down. It's the V key. So if I press the V key now, it will take this back to a color photograph. Press it one more time. It will convert the image to black-and-white. Now what's happening with this black-and-white conversation? Well, as you can see it's disabling Vibrance and Saturation and it's making this conversion based on color temperature. In other words, if I swing this color Temperature one way or another, I can change the overall black-and-white conversion.
Here you can see I am doing that whether with Temperature or for that matter with Tint. Although Tint is a little bit more subtle. So again, when you press the V key, it creates this default conversion. A lot of times this is a good starting point. Well, let's go ahead and undo that by converting back to a color photograph. Here we can see that our color temperature has been modified. Let's say we want to reset that. All we need to do is to double-click this triangle icon, and it will reset this to the default values.
Another way that we can convert to black -and-white is by navigating down to the Presence controls, and here all we need to is to desaturate 100 points. Once again, this black-and-white conversion is contingent upon color Temperature. So as I drag these sliders one way or another, I can control this particular type of conversion. Well, now that we know a little bit about how to convert to black-and-white, what if we want to have some more specific controls in regards to controlling the tones and the tonal values in our black-and-white conversions? Let's deconstruct that and take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.
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