Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

Photoshop Black-and-White Workshop

Using the On-Image option


From:

Photoshop Black-and-White Workshop

with Tim Grey

Video: Using the On-Image option

The black and white adjustment provides six sliders that create an incredible amount of flexibility. Even better, you can manipulate those sliders by working directly on the image rather than with the sliders themselves, as you'll see in this lesson. Let's get started. First I'm going to add a new black and white adjustment, of course, so in this case I'll click on the Create New Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel and then choose Black and White from the popup menu. As you can see I have a baseline black and white interpretation of the image and I could immediately start working with my sliders.

Watch this entire course now—plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
Please wait...
Photoshop Black-and-White Workshop
1h 49m Intermediate Dec 23, 2010

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

There's nothing quite like a great black-and-white image. In this workshop, author and trainer Tim Grey shows you how to create the best possible black-and-white interpretations of color photographs using Adobe Photoshop. From very basic grayscale conversions to advanced multiple-channel blending using layer masks, Tim explores a wide variety of methods that you can use to produce the best black-and-white results. Afterwards, tackle a set of real-world projects that combine a variety of techniques to produce the final image. Note: This course was recorded in Photoshop CS5, but was created with users of both Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS4 in mind.

Topics include:
  • Understanding channels
  • Desaturating
  • Using the Lab color mode
  • Adding a black-and-white adjustment layer
  • Adding a color tint
  • Applying a Curves adjustment
  • Using the Gradient Map adjustment
  • Adding a vignette or film grain
  • Dodging and burning
  • Selective black-and-white
Subjects:
Photography video2brain Black and White
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Tim Grey

Using the On-Image option

The black and white adjustment provides six sliders that create an incredible amount of flexibility. Even better, you can manipulate those sliders by working directly on the image rather than with the sliders themselves, as you'll see in this lesson. Let's get started. First I'm going to add a new black and white adjustment, of course, so in this case I'll click on the Create New Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel and then choose Black and White from the popup menu. As you can see I have a baseline black and white interpretation of the image and I could immediately start working with my sliders.

For example I know the wheat fields are green maybe with a little bit of yellow in them. And the sky is going to mostly be cyan and blue. However I don't need to work with those sliders directly. Instead, I'm going to turn on the on image adjustment capability. By turning on this option, I'm able to sample various areas of the image and then apply adjustments by working directly on the image. Let me show you how it's done. We would assume that the wheat in the foreground is green, maybe with a little bit of yellow in it, so let's click on that area and we'll see that the yellows value lights up. That indicates that the pixel I clicked on is predominantly yellow. If I drag my slider to the right that area will be brightened up. Notice that I'm adjusting the yellow slider without actually touching the yellow slider.

I'm working directly on the image. Continuing to hold the mouse button down, I can drag to the left. To darken up those areas. In this case I think I'd like to brighten them up just a little bit so I'll drag to the right to an appropriate level. Then I'll simply move my mouse up over to the sky and click and you can see that this area is mostly blue. My blues value has been highlighted, and now, continuing to hold the mouse button down, I can click and drag to the left to darken up the blues. This allows us in this case to get a tremendous amount of drama up in that sky.

I can continue working in this way, clicking and dragging in areas that I'd like to brighten or darken. Working directly on the image. I don't even have to think about my sliders over on the adjustments panel. Notice for example I click on the house here and it's mostly red but as you can see there's not a tremendous amount of red. And so we're not going to have a strong influence. And in fact, this house is rather weathered and very neutral. Almost perfectly gray, and so not any of the sliders is really going to have a significant effect on the house itself. For most photographers, the notion of working directly on the image rather than adjusting a series of sliders makes perfect sense. By leveraging the power of the on image adjustment for the black and white adjustment layer, you can work more efficiently and in a way that makes more sense for most photographers.

There are currently no FAQs about Photoshop Black-and-White Workshop.

Share a link to this course
Please wait... Please wait...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.
Upgrade now


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Upgrade now

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Photoshop Black-and-White Workshop.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Welcome to the redesigned course page.

We’ve moved some things around, and now you can



Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked