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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's take a look at how we can convert a landscape photograph to black-and-white. In addition, what I want to do is flip things on their head a little bit and take a look at how we can use black -and-white conversions in order to improve color photographs. All right. Well for starters let's convert this to black-and-white. Well that process is actually really simple, right? We simply click on the Black & White icon to open up this adjustment layer. Then we can either select one of these presets that we have here or simply choose Default, grab our Target Adjustment tool and then click and drag one way or another in order to affect different areas of our photograph, and I'll go ahead and just brighten up a few little areas here of this image and darken the sky a little bit more.
So now we have a pretty interesting black-and-white conversion. Let's say that what I wish I was able to do was control color in the same way that I can control black-and-white. In other words, it was so nice to be able to darken the sky up here. I wish though that I could have a color image where I could control the sky in that same way and here's how we are going to flip things on their head a little bit. What you can do is you can take your Black & White adjustment layer, and you can take this to a blend mode of Luminosity.
Now when you do that, what's interesting is you still have all of these controls. In other words, I can still click and drag one way, or for that matter another. I can either brighten or darken this particular area of the photograph. Because this is on a Luminosity blend mode, it's saying just control the luminance value of the image. So I can click over here in these bushes and brighten them or darken them. So one of things that we can do is we can take this Black & White adjustment layer and change it to a blend mode of Luminosity and actually use the same technique for our color images.
And what we are doing here is really kind of breaking the rules a little bit. But you know the people I know who come up with the most creative results do just that. They take something that works really well in one context and say, hey, how can I apply this to some other context? So whatever your intent here, keep in mind that this black-and-white conversion technique that we're learning about can be very valuable for your color images when using Luminosity or for converting to black-and-white when you simply have this on that that Normal blend mode.
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