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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.
In order to have specific control over our black-and-white conversions, we are going to head over to the Black & White panel. One of the things that we can do is press the V key first and when you do that, you will notice that our HSL and Color controls are now grayed out, and it's highlighting this Black & White panel here. Click on that to expand, and you will notice that we have all of our different colors. This particular panel works in a way that is very similar to HSL and Color except in this case we are not working with Color. We are just working with Tone or Luminance value.
What we can do here is we can click and drag these sliders. So if I want my reds to be darker, I can go ahead and darken them up. I will darken up the oranges, yellows, greens, aquas, blues, so on and so forth. Here you can see I have darkened everything up except for my purples. I can brighten those up or darken them one way or another. In this way, I can have specific control over how this particular image is converted to black-and-white. Well, let's reset this, hold down the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on a PC, then click on Reset Black & White Mix.
Another thing that we can do is to click on the Target Adjustment tool here. Once you have that tool what we are going to do is go ahead and hover over a color and then click and drag down. Here you can see that what's happening is it's not only affecting the oranges. It also darkened the reds. In a similar way, if I hover over the blues and click and drag down, you can see that it's affecting the blues as well as the purple. Now the reason I highlight this is because this tool is really helpful. For example, let's say we are going to darken a sky.
Well, sky is made up of aqua blue and perhaps a little bit of purple. It will modify these sliders in different amounts in order to darken that sky in a pretty unique and good way. Well, what else can we do here? Let's say we are done with this tool. We can go ahead and click on that to deactivate the tool. Another way you can activate it would be to navigate to your Tools pulldown menu. Here choose Target Adjustment and then finally Black & White Mix. And of course, there is a shortcut to select this tool. On a Mac the shortcut is Shift+ Option+Command+G. On a PC, that's Shift+Alt+Ctrl+G. Well, now that we know a little bit about how these controls work, let's apply this knowledge to converting some images to black-and-white, and let's do that in the next few movies.
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