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Here we're going to explore how we can convert this beautiful wedding day photograph to black-and-white, and we'll look at how we can use the Grayscale Panel, and also how we can use a few other settings and controls in different panels and tools in order to make a nice black-and-white conversion. Alright, well with this image, let's navigate to the Grayscale Panel and select the Targeted Adjustment Tool by way of a shortcut. On a Mac you press Shift+Option+Command+G, on Windows that's Shift+Alt+Ctrl+G. That takes us to this panel, converts our image to Grayscale, and then also leaves active the Targeted Adjustment Tool.
Well now here with this image, this black-and-white conversion is just okay. One of the things that I notice is that this skin, the skin tones are just too dark. I need to brighten those up. I also might want to brighten the trees and make a few other adjustments in the photograph as well. Well, with this tool what we can do is simply hover over what we want to brighten and then click and drag up and you can see how we can add a nice brightening effect to that part of the image. Already this photograph looks a ton better. Next, we could click and drag up over the trees and we could bring in a little bit of light into that area of our picture as well.
Here just bringing in some nice Brightness value into those shrubs over there on the right and left hand side of the picture. Well, after having made some of those minor adjustments, next, let's go back to the Basic Panel. Here we'll click on the tab for Basic. It's kind of funny that the Basic Panel is called Basic, because really it's anything but basic; it's where we perform most of our major adjustments. And here what I want to do is I want to work on my overall Exposure. I want to increase this. One way to do that in a real small incremental way is to hover over the word Exposure and then just click and drag, and then this way you can make smaller adjustments.
I also want to bring up my Whites. So I'm going to click and drag there. And then I'll click and drag and bring down my Highlights, kind of just trying to even out a few things in regards to the brightness, or recover a little bit of the highlight detail there. Next, I'll bring up my Contrast and then I'm going to darken my Blacks to deepen those. Next, after having made all those adjustments, I also want to increase my Exposure a little bit. Well, now that we've made these adjustments here, we can kind of see that before and after with these adjustments. I also want to paint in a bit more brightness into the faces of the subjects.
So let's zoom in. Here I'll press Command+Plus on a Mac or Ctrl+Plus on Windows. I'm just going to zoom in a little bit in order to make some adjustments on specific areas of the image. Select the Adjustment Brush by pressing the K key. We'll click the Plus icon for Exposure and also we'll bring up our Shadows here a little bit as well. Now we want to go down to our Brush options. We want a relatively small brush. Let's see, probably something around maybe 5 or so, with an image of this resolution. Next, for the Flow we want a really low Flow amount, and then a nice high Feather amount.
You want to have Auto Mask turned off for adjustments like this, because you want these to be really kind of free flowing, and you're painting with light and you're just trying to brighten things. So you want to do this in kind of a subtle way. With this nice low Flow amount, what it will help us to do is to slowly paint this in into different areas of our picture, and I'm just trying to bring a little bit of focus into this part of the photograph, because the eye is attracted to areas of brightness, also to areas of sharpness, and so here we're just brightening up a few of these little elements here. Now that I've painted that in, you notice that he pen is just really distracting.
It's right on her eye; that's horrible. We can hide that by pressing the V key. So the V key toggles the visibility of those pens on and off. So let's press the V key to hide that for a moment. Next, I'm going to bring up a little bit of Sharpness here. I also want to bring up a little bit of Clarity, and then some Contrast. I'm just dialing this in so that I can have control over these areas, and by doing this and by making these adjustments, you can kind of see how we're boosting this part of our photograph. It's kind of bringing those elements forward so there's a bit more life in those areas.
I want to darken the groom here; his shirt it a little bit too bright. So I need to make a new adjustment. Do you remember the shortcut to make a new adjustment with the Adjustment Brush? It's the N Key. So when we press the N Key, then I'll go ahead and click on Minus for Highlights, and I'll click and drag this down. And then I'm next going to go down to my Auto Mask option and either press the M Key to turn that on or click on this option here. Next, I want to make sure that the crosshairs are just covering the white of the shirt, and I want to try to bring down the Highlight there on that.
That got a little bit too bright for my liking. And if there are any other areas that you notice that might benefit from this type of an adjustment, well, you could paint over those areas as well. Well, now that we've made these adjustments here, let me just go back and forth a little bit more to try to get this down a little bit further. Let's take a look at that before and after. Here it is. There's our before; now here's our after. And if we zoom out a little bit, either with the Zoom Tool or by clicking on the Zoom controls down here, we can see this image a little bit more clearly.
We can see all of this here. And as we look at that before and after, we can see how we're able to bring out a little bit more of the character and personality in a picture like this. We're able to create a more compelling black-and-white conversion. Let's go to the Zoom Tool, that will then allow us to go back to our regular panels, and here we'll click on the Preview button. We can see that before and then after, and after we've gone through this process of starting off with that shortcut to use or access the Targeted Adjustment Tool for the Grayscale Panel, and remember that was Shift+Option+Command+G on a Mac, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+G on Windows, we made some adjustments there, and then next we jumped to the Basic Panel.
Here's where we dialed in our Exposure, Contrast, etcetera. And then after having made all of those adjustments, we finished this image off by using the Adjustment Brush. The shortcut key for that one is the K key, and we painted in a few different adjustments. If you press the V key, you can see how we have an adjustment for the skin and the face and also one here for the shirt, and by dialing in those specific adjustments, and also by hiding those pins by pressing the V key, we were able to bring in a little bit of focus or interest into that part of the image, and all of these steps together helped us create an intriguing and compelling black-and-white conversion.
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