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Here I want to take a look at how we can start to combine a few of our skills together, and in particular, I want to focus in on converting our images to black and white. Now, the fastest way to convert your photograph to black and white is to press the V key. When you press the V key, you'll notice in the Basic panel that all of a sudden you're Vibrance and your Saturation sliders are grayed out; you can no longer use those. That's because it has converted the image to black and white using the Black & White panel.
After you press the V key, you will want to go to the Black & White panel to further customize the black and white conversion. To do that, press Command+3 on a Mac, or Control+3 on Windows. Next here we can go ahead and modify these different values, in order to change the type of the black and white conversion that we have here. Next, after having customized that here in this panel, you almost always want to go back to the Basic panel to make any other further needed adjustments. To do that, press Command+1 on a Mac, or Control+1 on Windows.
Here we could increase the Contrast a little bit, or maybe add just a bit of Clarity. We can bring some lights into the shadows there, so kind of brighten up a little bit of the Shadows, and maybe darken down some of those deeper tones. And again, the sky is the limit here. The whole point here is looking at how we can press the V key to quickly convert to black and white, then how we press Command+3 or Control+3 to navigate he Black & White panel, and then finally, how we go back to the Basic panel at by pressing Command+1 or Control+1.
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