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There's nothing quite like a great black-and-white image. In this workshop, author and trainer Tim Grey shows you how to create the best possible black-and-white interpretations of color photographs using Adobe Photoshop. From very basic grayscale conversions to advanced multiple-channel blending using layer masks, Tim explores a wide variety of methods that you can use to produce the best black-and-white results. Afterwards, tackle a set of real-world projects that combine a variety of techniques to produce the final image. Note: This course was recorded in Photoshop CS5, but was created with users of both Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS4 in mind.
Presets are available for a variety of adjustments in Photoshop, including the black and white adjustment. As you'll see in this lesson, using presets can be a great way to establish an ideal starting point for a particular image and they can also provide some creative inspiration. On the Adjustments panel, you'll see that there are actually a list of presets for various adjustment options. One of those is a list of black and white presets. To view the individual presets, simply click on the triangle to the left of the label to expand the list. I'll scroll down, so we can see more of these.
And as you can see, there are a variety of presets to choose from. Some of these relate to color filters you might use to interpret a black and white print in the wet dark room. Others are simply presets that may or may not work for a particular image. To get started, simply choose one of these presets. And as you'll see, it doesn't really matter which one you choose here, because we'll be able to change it in just a moment. I'm going to go ahead and choose the high contrast blue filter, just to see what that gives me. And I'm not liking that decision too much. This is not a good interpretation for this particular image.
So, that wasn't really the best preset to choose. However, now that an Adjustment Layer, based on that preset, has been created, I can change the preset. Simply click the pop-up at the top of the Adjustments panel and I can choose a different preset. In fact, if I choose the first preset from the pop-up. I can then simply navigate up and down the list using the arrow keys on the keyboard. So, in this case, since I've chose the first, I'll press down arrow, down arrow, etcetera, to cycle through all the available presets. And of course, I could go back up by pressing the up arrow key.
In this way, I could navigate among the presets, so I can determine which one represents the best starting point for the image I'm trying to ultimately produce. As you can see, the presets included in Photoshop for the black and white adjustment provide a great variety of options to help you get started with any black and white conversion.
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