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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's continue to make our way through these different panels, and this time what we're going to do is focus in on converting this image to black-and-white. If we click on the next panel tab, we can go ahead and choose HSL or Grayscale. HSL stands for Hue, Saturation, Luminance. Now we're not concerned with those controls for this image. We simply want to Convert to Grayscale. Now when I convert to grayscale, I say, all right the image looks okay, but really, this skin is too dark. I want to brighten that up. But we know that skin has a lot of reds and oranges and yellows in it, especially because we warmed this image up a little bit.
So all that I'm going to do here is simply click and drag these amounts up, and you can see how it's affecting the different areas of the skin and also a bit of the background as we have some of that tone in it. In this case, I think I am going to preferred to have that Yellows slider a little bit deeper darker there. It adds a touch more separation between the subject and the background and again, what I can do is go through and make some adjustments in all these different controls, in order to modify specific areas. For example, we remember there were some blue on the uniform. We can use the Blues slider in order to control what that area of the uniform actually looks like in regard to this black-and-white conversion. All right.
Well now that we've made this black- and-white conversion, one of the things that we might want to do is double-click the Zoom tool to take this image back to 100%. Next press the Spacebar key and click and pan around the image. We want to do this just to evaluate the different things that we've done to the photograph and take a look at what's happened. And sometimes what can happen is when you work with some of these adjustments, you can add some additional noise. For example, let's take a look if we can add some noise here to the background. You can notice that as I change my yellows, it's changing the brightness value of this background.
Well that's very different than perhaps a lower amount over here. So again, once I convert to black-and- white, I just want to evaluate the noise and the sharpness of the image and if needed, I'm going to make my way back to the Detail control here, and I'll go ahead and perhaps reduce the Noise a little bit more, if I've exaggerated it in any negative way, or perhaps I'll modify my Sharpening as well. Well the case of this image, I think it's looking fine. So I'll simply double-click the Hand tool to go back to my Fit in View mode. And here I have a really nice black-and-white conversion.
And we're ready for the next step in our workflow, which we'll cover in the next movie.
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