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Converting to black and white

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Video: Converting to black and white

Black and white photography is a classic look that many people enjoy, but black and white is not just the absence of color. Let's take a look at some practical techniques for converting color photos into black and white images. Okay. At the simplest level, you can get a black and white image by just clicking the Black and White button. And while that is a one click effect, you might decide that you want to get there by using Saturation instead. Notice that you can pull those down, and then refine a bit with some Definition, and some Contrast.

Converting to black and white

Black and white photography is a classic look that many people enjoy, but black and white is not just the absence of color. Let's take a look at some practical techniques for converting color photos into black and white images. Okay. At the simplest level, you can get a black and white image by just clicking the Black and White button. And while that is a one click effect, you might decide that you want to get there by using Saturation instead. Notice that you can pull those down, and then refine a bit with some Definition, and some Contrast.

Taking the time to do the conversion goes a long way of giving you a better black and white. Let's take a look at two more examples. I'll always start with the Black and White effect. In this case, we have some shadowy areas that are a bit hard to see. So I'll go over to Adjust, and I will lift the shadowy region. That's really bringing things out. And notice that sometimes, when you do a black and white conversion, you'll still need to separately control the areas, like the Highlights and Shadows.

Rounding out with some Definition, and a little bit of Contrast really brings that image back to life. I like this image much better as a black and white photo than as a color image. It tells a story, I love the diagonal lines, but I'm not distracted by all of the colors. This is an image that's very artistic, with extremely shallow depth of field. Turning on the Black and White effect is okay, but I'm going to round that out instead with a little bit of the Antique effect, which tends to brighten the image.

Once I've done that, and applied a bit of a blurred edge, I'll then go in and pull down the Saturation. Now, we still have the Antique image tinting that, so if you decide you don't want that, you might have to turn it off, or turn it down. I sometimes find that using Antique with Fade is a great way to create a black and white that isn't a pure black and white. That's looking much better to me. These are being used in combination, and I think that's a cool image.

A little bit more contrast, and we've got some drama there. So remember, while you could just click the Black and White button, sometimes a combination of effects goes a lot further.

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Enhancing Photos with iPhoto

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  1. 1m 54s
    1. Welcome
      29s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      31s
    3. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 10m 19s
    1. Working in Full-Screen mode
      1m 26s
    2. Entering Edit mode
      56s
    3. Switching images
      1m 28s
    4. Checking the info on an image
      2m 14s
    5. Zooming in for detail
      2m 14s
    6. Using the navigation window
      53s
    7. Seeing the before and after state
      1m 8s
  3. 12m 6s
    1. Straightening crooked photos
      2m 22s
    2. Rotating an image
      1m 16s
    3. Removing red-eye
      2m 14s
    4. Cropping for better composition
      1m 39s
    5. Cropping a photo to a specific size
      2m 35s
    6. Cropping multiple sizes
      2m 0s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Understanding the histogram
      3m 13s
    2. Making a Levels adjustment
      2m 15s
    3. Fixing an underexposed photo
      2m 36s
    4. Fixing an overexposed photo
      2m 42s
    5. Improving contrast
      2m 36s
    6. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      2m 51s
  5. 12m 41s
    1. Improve a washed-out photo with saturation
      1m 30s
    2. Increasing saturation while protecting skin tones
      1m 58s
    3. Boosting an image to quickly fix saturation
      1m 51s
    4. White balancing a photo
      2m 24s
    5. Removing a color cast manually
      2m 35s
    6. Stylizing an image with effects
      2m 23s
  6. 14m 28s
    1. Converting to black and white
      2m 21s
    2. Refining a black-and-white effect with temperature
      2m 21s
    3. Creating high-impact black-and-white photos
      3m 5s
    4. Creating sepia-tone effects
      2m 29s
    5. Double-processing for duotone effects
      4m 12s
  7. 13m 45s
    1. Using the Retouch brush
      1m 55s
    2. Removing noise
      2m 10s
    3. Sharpening a soft photo
      1m 52s
    4. Adding punch with definition
      2m 5s
    5. Defocusing a photo
      2m 15s
    6. Controlling the focal point with vignette effects
      1m 26s
    7. Adding borders with iBorderFX
      2m 2s
  8. 8m 27s
    1. Duplicating an image
      47s
    2. Reverting to an original
      1m 49s
    3. Deleting an image
      3m 4s
    4. Copying and pasting adjustments
      44s
    5. Preserving maximum quality when exporting
      2m 3s
  9. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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