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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
There are several different ways that you can convert your image to black and white. For one, you could do this earlier in the workflow. You could use the Camera RAW Settings to convert your image to black and white. But, you can also use either the Channel Mixer Adjustment layer or the Black and White Adjustment layer in Photoshop to create a black and white image, but still make use of maybe the Opacity slider or the Blend mode to get a very different effect. Let's go ahead and add the Black and White Adjustment layer in the Layers panel. You'll notice that at the top, there are a variety of different presets.
So I can scroll through these and choose from the different presets and see how those presets would affect the conversion of my original color image into black and white. That's actually a great conversion right there. I am really happy with that! Although, if I wanted to make a change to it, I can move any of these sliders here by just clicking-and-dragging on them, or I could use my Targeted Adjustment tool and simply click in an area that I know to be red. And if I have any question about that, we could use the Eye Icon here to preview what areas are red and I could click and either drag to the right to lighten, or drag to the left in order to darken that.
Of course, when I'm finished, the benefit of doing this as an Adjustment layer is that I can change the opacity after the fact. So if I decide that I want to let a little bit of color show through, we can drag the Opacity slider down, or I could change the Blend mode if I wanted to, or I could paint in the mask to selectively hide and show the black and white effect. So there is a great alternative for converting your images to black and white that give you a little bit more power as far as what you then want to do with that converted file using your masks and your opacity and your blend modes.
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