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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
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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