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Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image

From: Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

Video: Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image

Let's take a look at another example of how we can use our different panels in order to come up with some great black and white conversions. Well, here we have got this portrait of this little guy who just caught this frog. Let's say that what we want to do is convert this to black and white. Well, let's navigates to the HSL/Grayscale panel. Let's do that by way of a shortcut. Its Command+Option+4 on Mac, and Ctrl+Alt+4 on Windows. And of course if you don't like the shortcut, just simply click on the tab. Next, let's Convert to Grayscale and choose Default.

Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image

Let's take a look at another example of how we can use our different panels in order to come up with some great black and white conversions. Well, here we have got this portrait of this little guy who just caught this frog. Let's say that what we want to do is convert this to black and white. Well, let's navigates to the HSL/Grayscale panel. Let's do that by way of a shortcut. Its Command+Option+4 on Mac, and Ctrl+Alt+4 on Windows. And of course if you don't like the shortcut, just simply click on the tab. Next, let's Convert to Grayscale and choose Default.

Now what do we want to do here with this image? Well, once it goes to grayscale, we notice that there isn't a lot of separation between the subject and the background. So what I want to do is brighten him up. I want to bring him kind of out of this context. So I'll go ahead and brighten up the Luminance value of my Oranges here. Now, that already is looking really nice. I like that. Next, we can do a little bit with our Reds and our Yellows as well. Now, the background is primarily green. If we want to darken that up, well, we can go ahead and lower this value here in order to have a darker background.

Again, this conversion is already looking really interesting. Let's make our way to the Basic panel. Here what I want to do is increase my Exposure a bit, add a little Fill Light, and also increase some Contrast in my Blacks, again just adding a bit more drama to this conversion. And it's by using these two panels together that really gets me to this result where we have this quite intriguing black-and-white image. Well before we leave, another panel that we need to go to is our Detail panel. Let me show you why.

Let's double-click the Zoom tool. That will take this image into 100%, and then let's press the Spacebar key and click and drag to reposition so we can see the little frog there in the background and this little guy. Well, if we navigate to the Detail panel, one of things we are going to notice is that we have the ability to control noise. There's actually quite a bit of noise in this image, and that's the result of pushing those HSL sliders pretty hard. Whenever you modify tone, what you're doing is modifying the Exposure, or the Luminance of a particular color.

There may not be enough information in order to have smoothness or continuous tone. Therefore, a lot of times, it's a great idea to come over to the Detail panel. Well, one of the things you may think that you don't need to do is color. You may think I don't need to deal with color noise. The image is in grayscale. What if I remove this? Let's take a look. Look at all the problems in the background here. We don't want those problems. So we will go ahead and increase that Color Noise Reduction, even though it's in grayscale. Because keep in mind, what were you doing is we are actually modifying color information.

So again, we want to reduce a little Color Noise. We can also go in, of course, and reduce some Luminance Noise as well. I will go ahead and crank got up at the same time. Now in order to access some of the other controls, we need to click on this exclamation mark here because this image was processed in a previous version of Camera Raw. Once I click on that, it will then activate my Detail Contrast and Color Detail controls. My Color Detail, I want really low. Luminance Detail, I want really low as well, but my Luminance Contrast, I want to bring that up a bit.

That will add nice dimension. Now, once we've softened all of that noise in the image with these controls, we want to go back and add a little bit of sharpening here. I will increase the amount. Radius drops down. Details drop way down, and the Masking, that's going to be somewhere here in the midrange. So it's just focused in on those edges. All right. Well, that extra little added bit of work can really make our black and white conversions sing. I can't tell you how many times that can really help out certain types of conversions. All right. Well, let's zoom out just so we can appreciate this particular image.

Here we have it, our final black and white conversion after working on this image in the Grayscale panel, the Basic panel and also the Detail panel.

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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

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  1. 8m 57s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Should I use Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 21m 7s
    1. Bridge overview and preferences
      4m 9s
    2. Camera Raw preferences
      3m 17s
    3. Raw vs. JPG or TIFF files
      3m 5s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      6m 13s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      4m 23s
  3. 28m 44s
    1. Project overview: Cover photo shoot
      2m 6s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      3m 3s
    3. Cropping and composing
      2m 35s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 39s
    5. Removing distractions
      2m 46s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 29s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 24s
    8. Adding a vignette
      2m 10s
    9. Making a localized correction
      1m 45s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      3m 11s
    11. Re-editing Camera Raw settings
      57s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 39s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      5m 5s
    2. Image adjustment tabs and panels
      5m 8s
    3. Using the histogram
      2m 4s
    4. Previewing before and after different adjustments
      2m 4s
    5. Working with multiple files
      1m 52s
  5. 23m 17s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      6m 3s
    2. Opening JPGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      2m 57s
    4. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      3m 35s
    5. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 5s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      1m 41s
    7. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 28s
  6. 13m 56s
    1. Using the Crop and Straighten tools
      2m 23s
    2. Working with the Crop tool
      3m 39s
    3. Cropping with an aspect ratio
      2m 26s
    4. Composing with the Crop tool
      2m 33s
    5. Creative cropping
      2m 55s
  7. 10m 29s
    1. Improving color balance
      2m 23s
    2. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      1m 35s
    3. Color correcting with white balance cards
      2m 31s
    4. White balance vision and creativity
      2m 22s
    5. Color balance resources
      1m 38s
  8. 30m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 59s
    2. Recovering highlights
      2m 29s
    3. Making basic exposure enhancements
      1m 59s
    4. Making basic adjustments more quickly
      2m 18s
    5. The relationship between tone and color
      2m 40s
    6. Enhancing color and tone
      1m 9s
    7. Demystifying clarity
      3m 36s
    8. Increasing clarity
      3m 48s
    9. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 28s
    10. Improving color with Vibrance
      2m 4s
    11. Using Vibrance and Saturation together
      1m 38s
    12. Color creativity
      2m 9s
  9. 8m 55s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point tone curves
      4m 53s
    2. Using the parametric curve
      2m 7s
    3. Using the point curve
      1m 55s
  10. 15m 29s
    1. Removing blemishes on a face
      4m 36s
    2. Cloning away small background distractions
      3m 37s
    3. Removing distracting background elements
      1m 55s
    4. Cleaning up a studio background
      1m 31s
    5. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 25s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 25s
  11. 46m 13s
    1. Demystifying the Adjustment Brush
      3m 37s
    2. Correcting exposure by brightening shadows
      2m 23s
    3. Painting an effect into a photograph
      4m 41s
    4. Increasing visual interest by brightening shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Increasing visual interest by heightening saturation
      5m 0s
    6. Whitening teeth
      3m 33s
    7. Adding color to makeup
      5m 58s
    8. Changing color
      4m 12s
    9. Selective sharpening
      6m 8s
    10. Eye sharpening and skin smoothing workflow
      4m 28s
    11. Creating custom Adjustment Brush presets
      2m 10s
  12. 11m 33s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter
      4m 55s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter
      3m 15s
    3. Creative effects with the Graduated Filter
      3m 23s
  13. 33m 26s
    1. Noise reduction
      6m 33s
    2. Reducing noise and sharpening
      6m 36s
    3. Sharpening more effectively
      7m 18s
    4. Edge sharpening in an architectural photograph
      3m 1s
    5. Sharpening a portrait
      2m 3s
    6. Using the Detail panel to soften skin
      7m 55s
  14. 16m 18s
    1. Introducing HSL
      3m 38s
    2. Modifying color and tone
      3m 52s
    3. Enhancing a fashion photograph
      3m 5s
    4. Enhancing color and tone with HSL
      3m 16s
    5. Getting creative with color
      2m 27s
  15. 13m 59s
    1. The black-and-white controls
      2m 43s
    2. A simple black-and-white conversion
      2m 5s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      3m 52s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      5m 19s
  16. 6m 40s
    1. Traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 26s
    2. Toning a color photo creatively
      3m 14s
  17. 11m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the Lens Correction controls
      3m 48s
    2. Correcting lens vignette
      1m 59s
    3. Correcting lens vignette more quickly
      1m 21s
    4. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      4m 9s
  18. 16m 30s
    1. Understanding the Effects controls
      5m 54s
    2. Using the Post Crop Vignette for creative effects
      3m 23s
    3. Adding film grain to a black-and-white image
      2m 18s
    4. Adding film grain with Camera Raw and Photoshop
      4m 55s
  19. 14m 4s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 39s
    2. Comparing color options with Snapshot
      2m 47s
    3. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      4m 48s
    4. Camera Calibration resources
      2m 50s
  20. 9m 41s
    1. Introducing presets
      2m 27s
    2. Applying presets to multiple images
      3m 9s
    3. Preset resources
      4m 5s
  21. 10m 0s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      4m 38s
    2. Recording an action
      3m 15s
    3. Batch processing multiple images
      2m 7s
  22. 13m 52s
    1. Creative vivid color
      3m 30s
    2. Working with split toning
      2m 14s
    3. Applying soft and warm colors
      1m 25s
    4. Adding warm, muted colors
      2m 28s
    5. Adding and reducing false color
      4m 15s
  23. 7m 58s
    1. Additional resources
      3m 11s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      28s

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