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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.
Here, we're going to take a look at how we can use our HSL and Grayscale panel in order to convert this image to black and white. As a quick side note, when I was standing here looking at these sculptures, I was just really fascinated in them, and all of a sudden this lady walked up and went nose-to-nose with this sculpture, and I was just holding my breath, and I snapped the frame. What I want to do is convert it to black and white, to create a little bit more of a simple image, in order to emphasize the perspective and kind of that connection. Well, let's navigate to our HSL Grayscale panel.
Let's do that by way of a shortcut. On a Mac, Command+Option+4, Windows, Ctrl+Alt+4. Next, we'll click on Convert to Grayscale. What we're going to do here is primarily focus in on our top colors here: Reds, Oranges, and Yellows. Those are really the dominant colors in this frame. So, I'll click Default to zero everything out, and then I'm going to go ahead and just increase these colors a bit. Now, as I bring up my Oranges, we can see that we have control of the Brightness value of this area of the image. Also do this with our Reds, and then our Yellows as well.
That can brighten up some of these areas of the photograph. Now, already our black-and-white conversion is looking a ton better. Yet, what I want to do is finish this off by going to the Basic panel. Go to the Basic panel simply by clicking on the tab. I'm going to increase my Exposure a bit here, add some Fill Light to bring in some detail in some of those shadows. Then I want to add a little bit of contrast as well, just to boost that up. I'll experiment with my Blacks, see if that will be interesting to bring those up to have a really deep, dark and intense black, or perhaps something a little bit less so I'm not completely losing detail.
At this juncture, I think this is at a great place. Add some more clarity, little bit more contrast. By combining these two panel controls, I can then arrive at what I think is a pretty interesting and engaging black-and-white conversion. The only last little subtle adjustment I want to make is just brightening this image up a little bit more, just adding this nice bright tone to it. So again, by going to both panels, we were able to come up with an even better black-and-white conversion.
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