Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Black-and-white conversion: Method one, part of After Effects Guru: Color Grading Footage.
There are several ways to create a black and white image and I love black and white photography and the overall feeling that it creates in the viewer. Let me show you a few of my favorite techniques. The first involves working with the luminance information. On an adjustment layer here, I'm going to set the channels. This allows me to change how the red, green and blue behave. Essentially, by changing red to behave as the luminance, you see that the image begins to take on a higher contrast black and white.
And this is an easier way than simply stripping out the color. Let's compare that to a saturation adjustment that just simply removes the color and I'll toggle the two effects, there and there. While subtle, notice that the richness of the blacks is much stronger in the set channels method. This makes it easy to really target and use that luminance information.
Once you have that, feel free to refine with the Curves adjustment, and go after the dark shadows and the bright highlights. This will let you really get a good, high-contrast black and white.
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- Evaluating the shot
- Fixing white balance
- Fixing exposure and tone
- Adjusting color
- Converting to black and white
- Creating a film look
- Adding texture
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Premiere Pro: Documentary Editingwith Jason Osder3h 48m Intermediate
Color Correction: Artistic Color Grading on the Timelinewith Simon Walker2h 41m Appropriate for all
1. The Color Grading Workflow
2. Essential Techniques
3. Fixing Exposure and Tone
4. Primary Color Correction
5. Secondary Color Correction
Using the Leave Color effect4m 29s
6. Black and White and Color Toning
7. Finishing Touches
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