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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
There is something moving and appealing about a strong black-and-white image and here, in this chapter, we're going to focus in on how we can convert our images to black-and-white. We've seen this demo file before; this is a file where we have these different colors. And the reason we have this is because it'll help us understand how we can most effectively convert our images to black-and-white. Here in the Basic panel, we can obviously de-saturate our image. Yet, simply by removing the color, it doesn't really look very good. We don't have a lot of contrast or control over the photograph.
And when you de-saturate, this particular grayscale conversion, it's just based on your overall color temperature. So if we change our color temperature, well it changes the characteristics of this black-and-white image. Well rather than doing that, let's go ahead and double-click the slider there, take it to 0. Let's go over to our HSL panel. In the HSL panel as you've noticed, there is a /Grayscale. We can use these controls in the same conceptual way of affecting different areas of our image by clicking on Convert to Grayscale. In doing that, you'll notice it now limits this to the one tab, and we have these various colors.
Here what we can do is we can select a color and we can darken or brighten those different areas of our photograph. We can also navigate to the Targeted Adjustment tool, and here use this in our Grayscale panel, and by doing that, we can click and drag up or down in order to brighten or darken colors. If ever you want to return this to the default settings, you can click on Default, or if you prefer to use an automatic black- and-white conversion, you can click on Auto. Alright, well now that we've seen how these controls work, let's go ahead and apply this logic to working on a few different images, and let's do that in the next couple of movies.
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