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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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