Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Converting to black and white using Black & White adjustment layers, part of Foundations of Photography: Black and White.
So far, I've been applying the black- and-white conversion tool by opening an…image and going up here to Image > Adjustments > Black & White, and when I do…that--like I am doing right now, and this is just the same thing we've seen before--…I'm going to make a couple of adjustments to the sliders, hit OK, and when I do,…the black-and-white adjustment is applied to my color image in a destructive…manner, meaning my original pixels are irrevocably altered.…The color image is gone; this is now a black-and-white image.…Yes, I can undo to get back to my color image, or redo to get back to black and white.…
But as soon as I make one more error, I can't do that anymore.…And if I save the image then for sure it is henceforth a black-and-white image.…The problem with that is if I want to keep the color version I have to keep…separate files and so on and so forth, and more importantly, if I decide well,…I'd like to darken that blue sky a little more, I can't get back to those tools in any way.…So, a much better way to apply the black- and-white conversion in Photoshop is to…
- Why shoot in black and white
- How to recognize good black-and-white subject matter
- Preparing the camera
- Shooting a tone-based subject
- Exposing for black and white
- Understanding grayscale
- Converting from color to black and white using Photoshop CS4 or CS5
- Converting to black and white in Camera Raw
- Toning and split-toning
- Comparing high key versus low key images
- Preparing a black and white image for print
Skill Level Intermediate
2. What Is Black-and-White Photography?
3. Shooting in Black and White
4. Black-and-White Post-Production
5. Printing in Black and White
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