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

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

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

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.

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

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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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

117 video lessons · 12103 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 9m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Should I use Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Adobe Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 21m 13s
    1. An overview of Bridge and Bridge preferences
      3m 19s
    2. Setting Camera Raw preferences
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring RAW vs. JPEG or TIFF files
      4m 3s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      4m 25s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      6m 17s
  3. 29m 36s
    1. Project overview: cover photo shoot
      1m 33s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      2m 19s
    3. Cropping and composing
      3m 21s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 44s
    5. Removing distractions
      3m 58s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 59s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 11s
    8. Adding a vignette
      1m 45s
    9. Making a localized correction
      2m 53s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      2m 1s
    11. Re-editing camera raw settings
      1m 38s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 14s
  4. 15m 2s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring image-adjustment tabs and panels
      1m 32s
    3. Using the histogram
      5m 12s
    4. Previewing the before and after of different adjustments
      2m 43s
    5. Working with multiple files
      3m 20s
  5. 29m 28s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      4m 35s
    2. Opening JPEGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      4m 43s
    3. How to open a photo in Photoshop and skip Camera Raw
      1m 47s
    4. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      3m 9s
    5. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      6m 35s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      3m 3s
    7. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 17s
    8. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 19s
  6. 11m 19s
    1. Recomposing with the Crop tool
      2m 58s
    2. Clarifying your voice by cropping
      3m 20s
    3. Straightening and cropping
      2m 54s
    4. Cropping creatively
      2m 7s
  7. 9m 9s
    1. Improving color balance
      4m 21s
    2. Color correcting with white balance cards
      1m 48s
    3. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      3m 0s
  8. 18m 32s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 33s
    2. Correcting overexposure
      2m 52s
    3. Correcting underexposure
      3m 13s
    4. Making exposure enhancements
      2m 52s
    5. Recovering highlight and shadow detail
      3m 38s
    6. A speed tip for making basic adjustments
      2m 24s
  9. 14m 14s
    1. Demystifying Clarity
      2m 36s
    2. Increasing Clarity
      3m 52s
    3. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      1m 50s
    4. Improving color with Vibrance
      3m 52s
    5. Making creative color adjustments
      2m 4s
  10. 11m 48s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point-tone curves
      4m 4s
    2. Using the parametric-tone curve
      2m 19s
    3. Using the point-tone curve
      3m 22s
    4. Creating a unique color look with the point-tone curve
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 38s
    1. Introducing the Spot Removal tool
      3m 42s
    2. Removing distracting background elements
      3m 12s
    3. Removing blemishes on a face
      3m 29s
    4. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 58s
    5. Removing red-eye
      2m 17s
  12. 51m 20s
    1. Introducing the Adjustment Brush
      6m 18s
    2. Correcting exposure
      6m 23s
    3. Working with Auto Mask
      4m 16s
    4. Changing the background color
      4m 30s
    5. Changing the color temperature
      3m 15s
    6. Making multiple color and tone adjustments
      5m 47s
    7. Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
      5m 11s
    8. Whitening teeth
      3m 20s
    9. Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
      2m 51s
    10. Creating a black-and-white effect
      5m 36s
    11. Removing moiré patterns
      2m 19s
    12. Creating Adjustment Brush presets
      1m 34s
  13. 10m 0s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 7s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 0s
    3. Exploring creative effects with the Graduated Filter tool
      2m 53s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Exploring noise reduction
      3m 27s
    2. Applying input sharpening
      4m 9s
    3. Using the Basic and Detail panels together
      3m 33s
    4. Edge sharpening an architectural photograph
      2m 14s
  15. 12m 53s
    1. Introducing HSL
      2m 8s
    2. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 7s
    3. Using the Basic and HSL panels together
      2m 24s
    4. Removing colors with HSL
      3m 1s
    5. Making color changes
      3m 13s
  16. 21m 57s
    1. Using the black-and-white controls
      1m 44s
    2. Exploring simple black-and-white conversion
      6m 17s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      6m 17s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      7m 39s
  17. 11m 1s
    1. Exploring traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 19s
    2. Adding split toning to color photographs
      3m 49s
    3. Creative toning of a color photo
      3m 53s
  18. 16m 49s
    1. Removing extreme distortion with a lens profile
      2m 2s
    2. Working with the manual Lens Correction controls
      2m 33s
    3. Improving a portrait with lens corrections
      3m 26s
    4. Adding a darkening vignette effect
      1m 28s
    5. Combining lens corrections with creative cropping
      3m 35s
    6. Adding distortion for a creative effect
      2m 29s
    7. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      1m 16s
  19. 15m 10s
    1. Understanding the effects controls
      7m 8s
    2. Adding film grain and darkening edges
      3m 56s
    3. Cropping and brightening edges
      2m 32s
    4. Creating a defined edge
      1m 34s
  20. 9m 29s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 41s
    2. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      3m 25s
    3. Exploring camera calibration resources
      2m 23s
  21. 5m 14s
    1. Introducing presets
      3m 19s
    2. Exploring free and fun ACR presets
      1m 55s
  22. 10m 19s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      2m 21s
    2. Applying raw processing in Bridge
      2m 34s
    3. Recording an action
      3m 37s
    4. Batch processing multiple images
      1m 47s
  23. 7m 52s
    1. A creative color mini-project
      5m 12s
    2. Using Camera Raw controls in a non-traditional way
      2m 40s
  24. 6m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 25s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      40s

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