Learn about how to make a global or local black-and-white adjustment.
- [Narrator] You didn't think you got away with it that easy, do you? Never works like that; there's always something else. But this really is the last movie in this chapter. And in this, we're going to make a black-and-white adjustment, because the client/customer/ other imaginary job role that we're using for scenario purposes in this chapter has decided that it would look kind of nice if this was a black-and-white image, but with the product and the logo in full color.
So, we're going to make sure that happens. What we're going to do is we're going to target the last color layer that we need, which is the mountaintop pose here, with the backpack and the roundel above it. Okay, so everything else below it, if that's changed, that's just fine. We'll go back to our adjustments, if we click on that in the panel group above the layers panel. This time we're going to choose a black-and-white adjustment layer; it's the third one in on the middle row.
Click on that and we get this lovely dialogue, and it's a way that we can tune our image, and you can see it's pretty self-explanatory here. Let me just double-click on color at the top here just to collapse that. This is the color wheel, again laid out in flat, and it goes from dark to light. So if we had yellows, for example, or reds that we wanted to make lighter, we'd pull the sliders to the right, or if we wanted to make them darker we'd pull them to the left, and we can interpret the image from here.
So, I'm going to go with the yellows first of all. I'm just going to pull that up and make those slightly lighter, and you can see how the sky now is changing, getting a lot more contrasty, she's losing her elbow into it just a shade, and the reds here could make those maybe just a little bit lighter as well. Whoops, I think I accidentally dragged the yellow slider again there, so I'll get the reds here. Let's bring the reds down just a shade, and also the magentas down at the bottom, because there's a good component of that in that sky. And we've got blues here in the mountains, so we could make those a bit darker perhaps, and that'll affect the rocks in the foreground.
You don't want it to go all too dark, so softly, softly does it. Bring those cyans down a shade, and then just bring the greens up just a little bit. There's not too many greens in there. The great news is, is that any time we want to adjust this, even if we worked in another layer, which we're going to do in a moment, all we need to do is to click on that icon just there for the adjustment layer and then we can just use these controls. And, there's a layer mask attached, so if you wanted to make selections or paint in there to selectively show color through, you could do that as well.
I'm just going to make another adjustment here; I'm going to adjust this roundel 'cause it's way too big, so I'm just going to get to there and let's go to the edit menu and choose "Free Transform" and then I'm just going to resize that. I'm going to hold down shift, 'cause this would definitely need to be proportional. Release the mouse button, then release shift, then drag that into place. I think just down there is just fine. Double-click on that. Whoops, I've got the crop tool active, so let's just say, "Don't crop." I'm going to go for the move tool; we'll bring this backpack down, and let's just do one little thing to this over on its layer here.
So by moving it I've actually activated its layer; that's because I've got auto-select enabled at the top here. Okay, if not you'd have to go and target the layer manually there like so. I'm just going to double-click in the area just to the right of its name, and this layer style dialogue will open, and this is where we can apply different styles to a layer, hence the name, and what I'm going to do is just add a little bit of outer glow. Really, I wouldn't do this too often in an image like this, but it's a good thing to show you.
What I'm going to do now is click on this area just here, so this little swatch, to choose a color. I'm going to choose something quite light, okay, so a very, very light gray there, and then I'm just going to change the size here, and you can see I'm giving it sort of a glow just there. I think that needs to be dark gray, you know, 'cause that does not look very healthy on there. See now all around it's got a little glow. You can change the spread; you can also see holes in the mask that are being affected by that as well, so I could fix those too, but sometimes you want just a tiny bit of a glow around something just to lift it from the background, and that's how you could do it.
And there you are. This chapter is well and truly done. No more changes, I promise.
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