I've prepared an exercise file that you can use as you work along with me through this course if you are a premium member of the lynda.com training library. In that case you can download the exercise files from the course page on lynda.com. If you are not a premium member of the training library, you can still follow along with me, just use a color photo of your own that you want to convert to black and white. If you do download the exercise files, or your using your own files, I suggest that you put them on your desktop so they're easy to find. You can see that inside of the exercise files folder that I downloaded and unzipped from the lynda.com site, there are two sub-folders, Finish, and Start.
The Start folder contains the photo that we're going to use throughout this course, a raw photo from a wedding. I also included this finished version of the same photo to give you a sense of how the photo might look after you've gone through all the steps in this course. Now in order to use the exercise files in LightRoom, you have to import them into a LightRoom catalog. So let's switch over to LightRoom to see how to do that. Here in LightRoom I have an empty catalog. You can use your own personal catalog, or if you want, you can make a new catalog for the exercise files. And the way to do that is to go to the File menu, and choose New Catalog.
And just give your new catalog a name. I'm going to use the catalog you see here. And I'm going to import the exercise files. To do that here in the Library module, I'll go down to the big import button at the bottom left and I'll click there, and that opens the import window. At the top left of the import window, I'll go to the Select A Source menu, and I'm going to select my desktop. Now in the Source panel, I can see my desktop and under the desktop the exercise files folder that I put on my desktop.
And if I click the arrow next to the exercise files folder you see the finish and start sub folders. So what you want to do is bring in the entire exercise files folder. I'm going to select the exercise files folder here, and this is important, you have to check Include Sub Folders so that you get the contents of the finish and start sub folders too. At the top of the import window, make sure that Add is highlighted. You don't want Move, or Copy, or DNG. You just want to add the photos in place, where they are on your desktop. Over on the right, if the File Handing panel isn't open, click its title bar to open it, and from the Render Previews menu Choose 1 to 1.
And that's all you have to do in this window. Now click the big Import button at the bottom right of the Import window. And at the top left of the Library module, you'll see a progress bar as LightRoom imports the two exercise files into your LightRoom catalog. Now when you're ready to start working with me through the course in the Library module go to the Folders panel. In the folders panel, you'll see your hard drive, a little green light next to it meaning that that's the active hard drive. Click the arrow next to your hard drive if it's not already expanded, and you'll see the Exercise Files folder and under that the Finish and Start folders.
Click on the Start folder to access the color photo that we're going to start with as we walk through the steps for converting a wedding photo from color to black and white. Just select that thumbnail and click the Develop module at the top of the screen or press D, and you'll be all ready to work along with me in the Develop module.
- Converting to black and white
- Fine-tuning with a tone curve
- Controlling how colors convert
- Painting with light
- Bringing out detail in the dress and veil
- Removing hotspots
- Adding a vignette
- Sharpening, resizing, and exporting the file