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Creating a black-and-white image from a color image

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Video: Creating a black-and-white image from a color image

Now I absolutely love black and white imagery. With the baby image selected, I'm going to select the black and white module. Now there are a lot of controls in the black and white module.

Creating a black-and-white image from a color image

Now I absolutely love black and white imagery. And being able to take a color image and turn it black and white is one of the really cool things you can do within Perfect Photo Suite in the black and white module. Now, there's a lot more to black and white than just pulling out the color or desaturating an image. Let's go ahead and work with the image of the baby and I'll show you some of the nuances of turning something that's color into black and white. With the baby image selected, I'm going to select the black and white module. Now, as we learned earlier it's always good to edit a copy.

This is a jpg. I would never edit the original. And I'm going to go with the defaults that I've been using and save it with the layers and I'll simply hit OK. Now there are a lot of controls in the black and white module. If you look over to the right side, I can adjust things such as tone, color response the tone curve, I can add glow and film grain, but we're going to start with some basics, just so you can have a sense of what this image looks like with just a few modifications. Now it's always good when working with any image to toggle back and forth between, the finished image, and turning the preview off to look at the source image.

And if I look at this, I can see it's a nice image. The baby is brand new, probably a day old, and it's in shadow. So we're going to take advantage of a lot of the, sliders within the black and white module to enhance this image. So I'm going to switch the preview back on and this is the default. Now, I'm going to work exclusively with the sliders on top, the tone sliders. And I can bring up the brightness if I wanted to. And now we actually can see the image of the infant even better. But, it's a little bit soft, and then I can work with contrast.

Now if I pull the contrast way over to the right, that means that my whites are whiter and my blacks are darker. And in this case, I'm looking for a softer image versus a more contrasty image. So, I would go the other way. I'd bring that down a little bit so you can see the nuances in the shadows of the baby's skin. Now, you could also control your black levels and your white levels. So, if I go up here and slide this to the right, and I'm going to switch to the Histogram so you can see exactly what's happening to the image. But as I slide this to the right, my blacks are getting crossed, and again, this is very stylized, but not that soft look I want for a black and white image.

So I'm going to bring this down, and if I take the whites which have already been adjusted a little bit, I can move them over to the right, open up and show more detail in my whites. Or if I bring them all the way down to the left, it's going to lower the luminance values. Auto buttons are always good to try. A lot of times it gets you where you want to be without having to work with the sliders or with a good starting point. And what I really like about the black and white is that I can work with my shadows, my highlights, and my detail. Now let me show you how these sliders work.

If I go ahead, and move my shadow slider up, what I'm doing is I'm actually brightening up the darkest areas of my image and bringing out the details in my shadows. But in this case, of course when I threw the slider all the way over to the right and that's not a bad idea when just trying to figure out what a slider does. It's just, move it left and right all the way and you can see a dramatic change. But in this case, it's making the image a little flatter. There's no sense of punch or detail. So though I want to bring out some of the detail in the shadows, I don't want to bring it up that much.

Now the highlights is the exact opposite. If my whites, or my highlights are blown out, I can go ahead and slide that up, and it's going to protect my highlights. And if you notice the really bright areas aren't as blown out from me turning up the brightness. So we're going to find a happy medium where I like the way the picture looks. And then if I wanted to I can add more detail to this image. And, again you don't want to go too far but if you notice if I slide it a little bit to the right I'm actually seeing a lot more detail in the hair and I can see more detail in the hands.

And that's going to be a lot more dramatic, for this shot. So, I've kind of got this image where I like it. Let me go ahead and show you what it was like before. That was my image, it didn't do much here, and I liked the way this works. I would probably put a vignette on it to blur out the background, and we'll learn how to do that in a later lesson.

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Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

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Abba Shapiro
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  1. 1m 10s
    1. Welcome
      29s
    2. What you should know to get the most from this course
      41s
  2. 4m 32s
    1. What is the Perfect Photo Suite 8?
      1m 39s
    2. What's new in Perfect Photo Suite 8?
      58s
    3. What's the right version of Perfect Photo Suite for you?
      1m 27s
    4. Installing the software
      28s
  3. 3m 7s
    1. Understanding preference settings
      1m 49s
    2. Getting to know the browser interface
      1m 18s
  4. 14m 15s
    1. Importing media into the Layers module
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing and transforming layers
      5m 10s
    3. Exploring tools
      3m 45s
  5. 9m 11s
    1. Quick fixes
      2m 48s
    2. Detailed adjustments
      4m 2s
    3. Understanding presets
      2m 21s
  6. 21m 32s
    1. Selecting faces
      2m 30s
    2. Working with faces
      2m 32s
    3. Removing blemishes
      2m 43s
    4. Adjusting skin tone
      8m 58s
    5. Blending
      55s
    6. Working with portrait presets
      3m 54s
  7. 33m 0s
    1. Effect presets
      2m 51s
    2. Modifying effect presets
      2m 52s
    3. Gradients
      3m 56s
    4. Adjustment brushes
      4m 26s
    5. Understanding filter stacks and mixing presets
      8m 6s
    6. Saving and using custom presets
      4m 53s
    7. Using lens blur to create bokeh, tilt-shift, and selective-focus effects
      5m 56s
  8. 26m 46s
    1. Creating a black-and-white image from a color image
      4m 25s
    2. Understanding tone and color response
      4m 25s
    3. The special brushes of the B&W module
      8m 1s
    4. Advanced Navigator adjustments
      5m 28s
    5. Presets
      4m 27s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Understanding the uses of masking
      5m 58s
    2. Creating a simple mask in the Layers module
      4m 47s
    3. Creating a simple mask: The Keep, Drop, and Refine tools
      6m 19s
    4. The Remove Background button
      3m 55s
    5. Refining your mask
      6m 58s
    6. Working with transparency
      4m 46s
    7. Creating believable composites using the Effects module
      2m 51s
  10. 21m 54s
    1. Resizing images for the web and digital distribution
      5m 42s
    2. Preparing your images for print
      7m 29s
    3. Using Perfect Batch
      8m 43s
  11. 11m 21s
    1. Lightroom
      3m 47s
    2. Photoshop
      4m 40s
    3. Aperture
      1m 37s
    4. When to use Perfect Photo Suite 8
      1m 17s
  12. 38m 56s
    1. Challenge: Masking and blending multiple images into one
      2m 6s
    2. Solution: Masking and blending multiple images into one
      7m 33s
    3. Challenge: Creating a vintage postcard from a new image
      42s
    4. Solution: Creating a vintage postcard from a new image
      11m 34s
    5. Challenge: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
      56s
    6. Solution: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
      16m 5s
  13. 32s
    1. Next steps
      32s

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