Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Using gradient map presets for black-and-white conversions, part of Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos.
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One of the best ways to significantly change the look of an image is to convert…it to black and white.…Suddenly things like texture, tone, shape, lines will look very different …as a monochromatic image.…It's also great for when you sort of hit the wall with your image and you want it…to look different, but you are not sure what to do.…There are lots of ways to convert to black and white, I want to show you a…couple of very fast ways that gives you an easy fast look, but you also…refine them a bit more.…So here's our image in Photoshop and as we mentioned before one of the things we…want to do here is just hit Auto first and see what we get.…
And that changes my image quite a bit I can pull the Highlights down a…little bit and if I want to introduce a little more contrast in the shadows, that's easy to do.…Now probably the easiest way to do black and white is the black and…white Adjustment layer.…And if I get Auto again in here, it's just going to give me a little bit more…contrast between the channels.…
The course begins with an exploration of Photoshop features that make changes to an entire image: the Crop tool, the Auto button that's present in many adjustment dialog boxes, and the Curves panel options. Next, Bryan explores sharpness and blur. Each has its place in a photograph, and Bryan details how the sharpening and blur features work and how to get the most out of them.
The course also looks at adjusting specific areas of an image with the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools, and at the growing array of content-aware features in Photoshop, showing how they work and what to do when they don't work. The course concludes with a tour of the powerful Liquify filter, features for correcting lens distortion, and the world of presets that allow you to apply settings with a single click.
- Reinventing the Crop tool
- Rediscovering the Auto button
- Getting the most out of curves
- Understanding Smart Sharpen
- Building blur and softness
- Working with a graphics tablet
- Using Content-Aware Fill, Scale, and Move effectively
- Correcting distortion automatically based on lens profiles
- Using presets