Black and White with Lightroom and Photoshop
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Converting color video to black and white


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Black and White with Lightroom and Photoshop

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Video: Converting color video to black and white

As of Photoshop CS6, both CS6 and CS6 Extended have much easier video functionality, so you can open any sort of video file off of your camera, or point and shoot, or phone, and do just about anything you're used to doing in Photoshop. Now, prior to CS6 you have video functionality only in Extended, and it does differ a little bit, but you can do a lot of things with video. So, let me show you what that means to black and white. You see that I've got a timeline here, and I can scrub through that, confirm that that's video; it's got some basic audio and editing controls.
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Shoot in color, but think in black and white. In this course, Adobe Photoshop Senior Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes shares his favorite techniques for transforming color photographs into black and white, a technique that provides more creative options than using your camera's black-and-white mode. Learn how to prepare and fine-tune your photographs in Lightroom, and then move them into Photoshop to take advantage of its nondestructive adjustment layers. The course also introduces techniques for using Photoshop to adjust the color of video clips.

Topics include:
  • Why black and white?
  • Shooting with black and white in mind
  • Setting up Lightroom and creating image versions
  • Utilizing presets effectively
  • Creating black-and-white HDR images with Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Taking advantage of black-and-white adjustment layers
  • Adjusting the toning of images
  • Working with the Silver Efex plugin
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Converting color video to black and white

As of Photoshop CS6, both CS6 and CS6 Extended have much easier video functionality, so you can open any sort of video file off of your camera, or point and shoot, or phone, and do just about anything you're used to doing in Photoshop. Now, prior to CS6 you have video functionality only in Extended, and it does differ a little bit, but you can do a lot of things with video. So, let me show you what that means to black and white. You see that I've got a timeline here, and I can scrub through that, confirm that that's video; it's got some basic audio and editing controls.

And all we need to do in order to add an adjustment layer is to the first convert that to a Smart Filter. Essentially, what that'll do is it'll put a wrapper around the video clip, and say, whatever you do to one part, make sure you do it to all of it. So, I'm going to add Black & White adjustment layer, let's hit auto, I can play around with my various sliders, I could even tint that; click OK. And if we come out here, and Play, everything has been applied to our video.

Really easy to do that. We can use any of our different adjustment layers, we can use any of our different filters, sharpening, blurring, all sorts of different things, and when we're all done with that, we can just come over here, and Export that video. We've got all sorts of different presets here for pushing the video out. This is designed to be really, really easy. It's not the most powerful video editing experience, but if you're familiar with Photoshop, then all of the tricks that you've been working with on your still photos will carry over right to your video. So, you can use this just the same way we've used a bunch of the other tutorials.

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