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Black and white 1

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>> Male Speaker: One of the things I love most about Camera Raw is the ability to convert images to black and white, to do so in a non-destructive way, i.e., you're not committed to that conversion, you're simply changing the way the pixels are interpreted, you're not actually changing pixels, and then also the way that you're able to dial in specific controls. Let's take a look at how we can convert images to black and white and talk a little bit about the why as well. For starters, I'm just going to have to show you a few images. I just love photography. I think it's because I love life. It's a little self portrait of Annika and I. The hand shot I think you saw. That was when we were going for a walk and you can see she fell asleep there.

Black and white 1

>> Male Speaker: One of the things I love most about Camera Raw is the ability to convert images to black and white, to do so in a non-destructive way, i.e., you're not committed to that conversion, you're simply changing the way the pixels are interpreted, you're not actually changing pixels, and then also the way that you're able to dial in specific controls. Let's take a look at how we can convert images to black and white and talk a little bit about the why as well. For starters, I'm just going to have to show you a few images. I just love photography. I think it's because I love life. It's a little self portrait of Annika and I. The hand shot I think you saw. That was when we were going for a walk and you can see she fell asleep there.

This is when she's just a day old or is actually the morning after she was born and someone picked up my camera and took this photo, which I absolutely love because I don't have a ton of photos of she and I because I'm always the one taking the pictures. Well, there's something interesting we can do when we look at this picture. I'm going to take the Saturation off here for a second. We notice that the color is kind of messed up, right? There's a lot of red in the image in my face and in Annika's face and also we notice that it's not as interesting when it's in that color mode.

I'm going to take the Vignetting off as well and all of a sudden we see so many details. There's so much variation, the brightness values that pull our eyes different ways. So we need to work on the image a bit. If we were going to stay in color we could use our eyedropper, right? And we know that probably this is gray back here, we could click on that to neutralize things. We could try clicking on the shirt as well that's probably a neutral gray. It's going to pull out some of the color. We still have some problems with all of the red in the face. One of the things you can do is click on the Calibrate tab and then drag the slider to a real extreme to see which part of the image you're working on.

I know that looks really horrible but it's showing me, Ok, if I move the slider those are the pixels I'm going to modify, likewise if I were to do that with the Green Hue slider it's showing me that also there's some magenta in there, green magenta down there so green saturation might do something as well, probably just red saturation. I'm going to go ahead and pull out the Red Saturation and then I'm pulling that down, it looks a little bit lifeless so I need to go back to the Adjust tab and then take the Temperature not cool, not this way, but I'm going to warm it up a little bit.

So now the skin looks a lot better. It's really just a visual adjustment. I'm not going by any numbers or anything. Once we get in to Photoshop we're going to look at color correcting skin by the numbers but I just wanted to highlight that here especially because the camera wasn't color balanced, etc., etc. Well then let's go to the black-and-white conversion. We take the Saturation all the way down. We're going to dial in our Shadows detail looking at which shadows are being clicked off. We don't want to lose too many of those details, Brightness down. Go to the Lens tab and this is where I'm going to add some Vignetting.

There have been a number of photographers who have really inspired me and one of the photographers always says, "Reduce and simplify, reduce and simplify." So that's what I'm looking to do here. I don't want to lose too many of those shadows, a little bit in the hair, that's not going to be the end of the world, take my Brightness values down there and I just want to dial this one in here, increase the Contrast a little bit and bring up the exposure a bit there.

Simply reducing and simplifying, i.e., we did that with tone and then also the black-and-white conversion. Go ahead and click Cancel. A couple other images I want to look at, this is just friends of friends, some snapshots at a wedding. One of the things I want to point out here is the whole concept of reduce and simplify and looking for the moment. This isn't the shot, right? That didn't capture it. They're not quite relaxed. And there you say, yep, they got it. They're very relaxed. We'll go ahead and open up the image. If we wanted to color balance this we'd use the eyedropper tool and we'd probably click on the shirt there and it looks like that's pretty neutral already.

Then we'll go to desaturate and we'll dial in the Brightness, the Shadows. We're going to look at what detail we have there. Another way to find that detail is to hold down the Option Alt key and drag the slider. It's a little bit more difficult, right? Because I can't really tell where I'm losing information but it is a good technique. You can do that with Exposure as well, Option Alt key. When you see something white it's going to tell you that you lost detail on your highlights then. The new addition to CS2 having these sliders is much better, I'm sorry, recommend you use those but just wanted to point out those techniques.

Let's get this image beach_camping_004 (unclear) and based on how it's set up right now the Shadows preview shows me I don't have any detail. Here's a good shortcut I should talk about as I just made that mistake, but it's a good mistake. I had accidentally zoomed in. You can zoom in, Command++ (plus sign) or zoom out, Command+- (minus sign). But if you want to jump to Fit and View mode it's going to be Command+0 (zero) or Control+0 (zero), and it will just take it to that Fit and View mode, which is really cool. I want to save all that detail so I'm going to pull those Shadows back and then I'm going to then lower my Contrast a little bit here so I don't have any detail that's being lost and then take those Shadows off and then maybe brighten it up a little bit.

So the way that I'm dialing it in is I'm working with those sliders. You'll notice I'm barely losing any detail at all in my shadows, and my highlights have a few areas that I'm losing some information. I'll try to dial that in. I might need to do multiple exposures, but it looks like, there we go we got it reeled in. One of the advantages of having your Preferences set to the gamma of 2.2 in Photoshop, remember I talked about that? Our tones are going to be a little bit denser, i.e., our blacks are going to be a little bit blacker so although the image isn't going to look as punchy as we want it. Say I want it to look like this, real punchy, real high contrast; it's probably going to look like that when we print it.

Although I've said there are times when it's worthwhile working around having information, your shadows and highlights, are also an incredibly good guide and a lot of it takes just dialing in the amount of shadows, brightness, and contrast and working with those three sliders to get the correct tonal mix. All right. Well, there are a couple more things I want to cover in black- and-white conversion and we'll do that in the next movie.

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Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2

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  1. 32m 43s
    1. Welcome
      29s
    2. Opening words
      1m 56s
    3. General tips 1
      2m 5s
    4. General tips 2
      4m 47s
    5. General tips 3
      3m 6s
    6. The interface
      3m 27s
    7. Custom menus and shortcuts
      3m 3s
    8. Photoshop preferences 1
      6m 24s
    9. Photoshop preferences 2
      4m 35s
    10. Color settings
      2m 51s
  2. 24m 36s
    1. Bit depth 101
      6m 43s
    2. Intro to image size
      2m 37s
    3. Image size 1 - resize
      6m 10s
    4. Image size 2 - crop
      5m 5s
    5. Image size 3 - scans
      4m 1s
  3. 16m 59s
    1. Intro to color management
      2m 53s
    2. Hardware considerations
      6m 19s
    3. Monitor calibration
      4m 15s
    4. Color settings
      3m 32s
  4. 48m 58s
    1. Bridge 101
      3m 26s
    2. Bridge preferences 1
      4m 2s
    3. Bridge preferences 2
      3m 41s
    4. Bridge preferences 3
      3m 53s
    5. Using the Bridge 1
      3m 12s
    6. Using the Bridge 2
      2m 30s
    7. Using the Bridge 3
      1m 52s
    8. Using the Bridge 4
      5m 35s
    9. Using the Bridge 5
      4m 6s
    10. Bridge slideshow
      5m 49s
    11. Metadata and collections
      3m 50s
    12. Metadata template
      2m 33s
    13. Batch processing with Image Processor
      4m 29s
  5. 1h 14m
    1. Creative tip: Gear
      3m 8s
    2. Camera RAW 101
      6m 8s
    3. Camera RAW preferences
      3m 21s
    4. Camera RAW workflow 1
      2m 24s
    5. Camera RAW workflow 2
      2m 21s
    6. Camera RAW workflow 3
      4m 44s
    7. Camera RAW workflow 4
      4m 43s
    8. Camera RAW workflow 5
      5m 18s
    9. Camera RAW workflow 6
      6m 31s
    10. Camera RAW workflow 7
      5m 44s
    11. RAW resizing
      2m 51s
    12. DNG overview
      5m 2s
    13. DNG conversion
      2m 55s
    14. Black and white 1
      6m 6s
    15. Black and white 2
      5m 3s
    16. Creative color 1
      3m 48s
    17. Creative color 2
      4m 38s
  6. 28m 5s
    1. Overview
      6m 56s
    2. Linking and groups
      3m 28s
    3. Alignment
      2m 1s
    4. Layer order and Clipping Masks
      5m 37s
    5. Layer style effects
      6m 22s
    6. History
      3m 41s
  7. 35m 29s
    1. Intro to masking
      4m 57s
    2. Using masking
      4m 56s
    3. Masking and color
      5m 47s
    4. Modifying color/tone
      5m 5s
    5. Quick mask and more
      6m 4s
    6. Custom borders 1
      3m 5s
    7. Custom borders 2
      5m 35s
  8. 24m 29s
    1. Creative tip: Kitchen
      2m 45s
    2. Replacing color
      2m 52s
    3. Magic Wand
      4m 21s
    4. More on color
      4m 8s
    5. Intro to paths
      3m 31s
    6. Creating and using paths
      6m 52s
  9. 11m 36s
    1. Understanding levels
      2m 51s
    2. Enhancing with levels 1
      4m 8s
    3. Enhancing with levels 2
      4m 37s
  10. 24m 34s
    1. Demystifying curves
      3m 47s
    2. Getting to know curves
      7m 40s
    3. Enhancing color and tone 1
      4m 53s
    4. Enhancing color and tone 2
      4m 57s
    5. Curves and actions
      3m 17s
  11. 23m 12s
    1. Creative tip: Dead Sea
      5m 9s
    2. Understanding blend modes
      7m 28s
    3. Using blend modes 2
      3m 33s
    4. Using blend modes 1
      3m 0s
    5. Using blend modes 3
      4m 2s
  12. 37m 32s
    1. Removing redeye
      1m 22s
    2. Fixing color with levels/curves 1
      4m 58s
    3. Fixing color with levels/curves 2
      3m 57s
    4. Color correction with a color chart
      3m 8s
    5. Skin by the numbers 1
      4m 10s
    6. Skin by the numbers 2
      3m 1s
    7. Skin by the numbers 3
      4m 20s
    8. Skin by the numbers 4
      1m 35s
    9. Advanced color correction 1
      11m 1s
  13. 30m 32s
    1. Enhancing color 1
      3m 12s
    2. Enhancing color 2
      4m 18s
    3. Enhancing color 3
      5m 12s
    4. Cross-processing with curves 1
      3m 12s
    5. Cross-processing with curves 2
      2m 35s
    6. Advanced saturation with Lab
      3m 59s
    7. Non-destructive burning/dodging 1
      2m 39s
    8. Non-destructive burning/dodging 2
      2m 20s
    9. Non-destructive burning/dodging 3
      3m 5s
  14. 10m 49s
    1. Creative tip: Disney
      2m 40s
    2. Black and white conversion 1
      3m 0s
    3. Black and white conversion 2
      5m 9s
  15. 3h 25m
    1. The art of retouching
      2m 24s
    2. Nature 1
      3m 9s
    3. Nature 2
      4m 17s
    4. Nature 3
      4m 27s
    5. Nature 4
      4m 43s
    6. Restoration 1
      2m 27s
    7. Restoration 2
      2m 59s
    8. Restoration 3
      2m 12s
    9. Restoration 4
      4m 26s
    10. Restoration 5
      4m 31s
    11. People - cleaning up
      5m 6s
    12. People - removing distractions
      3m 56s
    13. Architecture - cleaning up and coloring
      4m 14s
    14. People - skin and flyaways
      5m 5s
    15. People - reducing wrinkles 1
      3m 36s
    16. People - reducing wrinkles 2
      4m 53s
    17. People - whitening teeth 1
      5m 3s
    18. People - whitening teeth 2
      3m 31s
    19. People - enhancing eyes 1
      3m 28s
    20. People - enhancing eyes 2
      3m 2s
    21. People - enhancing eyes 3
      4m 4s
    22. People - enhancing eyes, skin and lips
      6m 46s
    23. People - working with highlights
      3m 42s
    24. People - enhancing eyes and eyelashes
      9m 36s
    25. People - working with light
      4m 7s
    26. People - enhancing eyebrows and lips
      7m 53s
    27. People - enhancing eyes, tone and color
      8m 33s
    28. Fashion retouching 1
      4m 41s
    29. Fashion retouching 2
      2m 41s
    30. Fashion retouching 3
      10m 1s
    31. People - enhancing skin 1
      9m 59s
    32. People - enhancing skin 2
      6m 19s
    33. Fashion retouching workflow 1
      8m 59s
    34. Fashion retouching workflow 2
      4m 26s
    35. Fashion retouching workflow 3
      3m 6s
    36. Fashion retouching workflow 4
      4m 9s
    37. Fashion retouching workflow 5
      3m 10s
    38. Fashion retouching workflow 6
      1m 43s
    39. Fashion retouching workflow 7
      2m 12s
    40. Fashion retouching workflow 8
      7m 11s
    41. Fashion retouching workflow 9
      4m 47s
    42. Fashion retouching workflow 10
      4m 6s
    43. Fashion retouching workflow 11
      3m 41s
    44. Retouching tips
      1m 56s
  16. 28m 54s
    1. Understanding shadow/highlights
      1m 51s
    2. Using shadow/highlights 1
      3m 8s
    3. Using shadow/highlights 2
      5m 5s
    4. Multiple exposures in the wild
      7m 26s
    5. Multiple exposures in architecture 1
      1m 22s
    6. Multiple exposures in architecture 2
      2m 56s
    7. Multiple exposures in architecture 3
      4m 10s
    8. Multiple exposures in architecture 4
      2m 56s
  17. 10m 38s
    1. Creative tip: Inspiration
      4m 54s
    2. Lens Correction filter - architecture
      4m 21s
    3. Lens Correction filter - people
      1m 23s
  18. 12m 50s
    1. Dust removal 1
      5m 11s
    2. Dust removal 2
      3m 35s
    3. Dust removal 3
      4m 4s
  19. 10m 31s
    1. Noise Reduction filter
      5m 3s
    2. Surface Blur and Noise Reduction filters
      5m 28s
  20. 12m 6s
    1. Creative tip: Creative People
      1m 22s
    2. Deconstructing the Lens Blur
      6m 46s
    3. The Lens Blur in action
      3m 58s
  21. 1h 23m
    1. Warming filter
      2m 34s
    2. Coloring with curves
      2m 10s
    3. Coloring with curves, color balance and hue/saturation
      2m 6s
    4. Edgy color and tone 1
      4m 48s
    5. Edgy color and tone 2
      6m 19s
    6. Creative toning
      5m 18s
    7. Camera RAW color creativity 1
      3m 30s
    8. Camera RAW color creativity 2
      3m 48s
    9. Deconstructing the creative process
      7m 58s
    10. Illumination 1
      1m 59s
    11. Illumination 2
      2m 5s
    12. Illumination 3
      2m 35s
    13. Illumination 4
      3m 47s
    14. Fun with Motion Blur
      2m 35s
    15. Motion Blur - spinning and zooming
      4m 38s
    16. Motion Blur and masking
      4m 44s
    17. Creative perspective 1 - Annika
      4m 59s
    18. Creative perspective 2 - Baja beach
      4m 9s
    19. Creative perspective 3 - Baja boats
      4m 41s
    20. Creative style with Nik Color Effects 1
      4m 23s
    21. Creative style with Nik Color Effects 2
      3m 57s
  22. 29m 20s
    1. Understanding Unsharp Mask
      3m 4s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      3m 56s
    3. High pass sharpening
      3m 29s
    4. New - Smart Sharpen
      4m 35s
    5. Smart Sharpen in action
      5m 35s
    6. Smart Sharpen in action 2
      2m 29s
    7. Nik Sharpener Pro
      6m 12s
  23. 15m 40s
    1. Creative tip: Reading
      3m 30s
    2. Creating a panorama 1
      2m 28s
    3. Creating a panorama 2 - Alaska
      5m 11s
    4. Creating a panorama 3 - Alaska 2
      4m 31s
  24. 28m 7s
    1. Saving Web images 1
      5m 29s
    2. Saving Web images 2
      1m 30s
    3. Creating a PDF
      3m 33s
    4. Creating a Picture Package
      1m 55s
    5. Creating a Web gallery
      2m 43s
    6. Creating promo cards 1
      4m 17s
    7. Creating promo cards 2
      7m 7s
    8. Creating promo cards 3
      1m 33s
  25. 11m 56s
    1. Photoshop tools - ordering prints
      2m 55s
    2. Printing resources
      2m 44s
    3. Printing
      6m 17s
  26. 1m 14s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 14s

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