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>> Male Speaker: Welcome. Another movie on Camera Raw. This time we're in the raw_creativity folder. We're going to look at few more black-and-white techniques. I'm going to go ahead and open up this image, new_york_12, the Brooklyn Bridge, and this one was shot as well with the 20-D. I'm going to turn off the Shadows warning there for a second. Highlights, they're in pretty good shape. We have some shadows where we don't have detail there. I'm just going to turn that one off for now and take a look at the image. How was this effect created inside of Camera Raw, this particular black-and-white conversion? Well, it's actually pretty nutty and I want to deconstruct it for you.
We're going to go to the Calibrate tab and you'll notice that I've dialed in a bunch of different settings here. I'm going to take all of those settings off, so I'm going to take them to zero. Why don't I just do it by clicking in zero there so they're all exact? Zero and zero. Go back to the Adjust tab, press Command+U for the Auto and notice now that the image has been converted to black and white simply by desaturation. Our shadows are okay there. But the image isn't as visually interesting to me. So then how did I create that black-and-white creative effect? Well, as a lot of people are doing with Camera Raw, they're thinking outside of the box a little bit and using it for other creative endeavors.
I went ahead and dialed in the regular sliders. Typically you go from the top down working on your sliders and then I jumped over to the Calibrate tab. A lot of this I just did by experimenting and I started to grab my sliders and play with them a little bit to see how it would affect the tone and basically what I'm looking to do is to create tone that I can then control or dial in the density of. Let's go back to the Adjust tab for a second, I go into Saturation.
Whoa, that's crazy! So I pretty much turned everything purple-blue, and especially the sky, but then what that gave me the control to do was with that last slider, as you saw, it gave me the ability to really dial in the density of the aspects of the image. Something that's important to do when you're working on an image like this is in the Detail tab to make sure you have Luminance Smoothing on because you want to have a really significant amount of Luminance and Color Noise Reduction because I'm pushing the channels pretty far.
I'm really exaggerating certain things and I want to be really careful about making sure to reduce the noise. If I want to make sure I have detail there I'm going to take down my Shadows and then dial in my sliders a little bit more so that I have visual interest that I'm looking for and go back to my Calibrate tab and keep working on those sliding them back and forth. All right. So that's one creative technique that we can use while converting to black and white. Let's look at another one, San Francisco Bay Bridge.
This image was shot a little while ago but we're going to look at a very similar technique. We're going to take out the Saturation and turn off Shadows temporarily. Go to the Calibrate tab and, again, I'm going to make the reds, kick those way up there, change actually the color of the reds and saturate those and go back to the Adjust tab so we can see what's happened. Again, I'm trying to control the colors, which is then affecting the density of the image.
Let's go ahead and desaturate that. Looks like I need to do a little bit more customizing of this one. I'm going to increase the Saturation there and then go ahead and dial in my Shadows a little bit. I'm going to bring down a little bit of the banding that was happening down below, make sure I go to my Detail tab and do that Luminance Smoothing. It's going to reduce any luminance variance that we've created here. Go ahead and keep taking that down and dial the tone right in so it looks almost as if the shot was captured at night.
The next step would then be to crop the image. Quick note on cropping, something I haven't mentioned before in the previous movies. I'm going to click the Crop tool and highlight a few other things. There are a couple of aspect ratios we can choose so if we want to turn this into a 5 x 7 and then click and drag the crop, we'll notice that what it will do is actually will constrain the crop dimensions to those proportions and it will also resize our image. In this case it's resized it down because I've lost information.
To undo the Crop tool you can press the Escape key but those aspect ratio crops are actually really quite helpful. I wouldn't do that in this image. I would just do a custom crop, something like that and I'll go ahead and click Done there and then maybe come up with something like this, a little promotional piece. I actually have printed this image rather large and it's held up. It looks pretty good. It's definitely a specialized effect but it's been pretty interesting. Well, that wraps up a look at Camera Raw creativity in regards to black-and-white conversions.
Let's now take a look at Camera Raw creativity with color and we'll do that in the following movie. See you then.
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