Adobe Lightroom/Black and White techniques

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Grayscale Method[edit]

  1. Select an image and switch to the Develop module
  2. Click on the word Grayscale in the HSL/Color/Grayscale Panel
  3. Use the Grayscale Mix sliders to adjust the look of the photograph
  4. To save as a Develop Preset, click the Create New Preset Icon (+) at the top of the Presets panel (Fig. 1.3)
  5. In the New Develop Preset dialog box under Settings uncheck Basic Tone, all other boxes under Settings should be checked (Fig. 1.4)
  6. Enter a name in the Preset Name field to help identify properly for future use (ex: BW - Medium Contrast) and select the folder to save the Preset in (ex: User Presets)
  7. click on create
  8. the Preset will now appear in the folder you selected and can be applied to a photo by clicking on it

Camera Calibration Method 1: Black and White Medium Contrast[edit]

  1. Select an image and switch to the Develop module
    Fig. 1.1 Presence Saturation Settings
  2. Make any necessary adjustments to Exposure, Recovery, Fill Light, Blacks, Brightness and Contrast before desaturating the image
  3. set the Presence|Saturation slider to -100 (Fig. 1.1)
  4. In the Camera Calibration panel (Fig. 1.2):
    1. set the Red Primary|Hue slider to +100
      Fig. 1.2 Camera Calibration Settings Medium Contrast
    2. set the Red Primary|Saturation slider to +100
    3. set the Green Primary|Hue slider to -100
    4. set the Green Primary|Saturation slider to -100
    5. set the Blue Primary|Hue Slider to -100
    6. set the Blue Primary|Saturation slider to -100
  5. To save as a Develop Preset, click the Create New Preset Icon (+) at the top of the Presets panel (Fig. 1.3)
    Fig. 1.3 Add Preset Button
  6. In the New Develop Preset dialog box under Settings uncheck Basic Tone, all other boxes under Settings should be checked (Fig. 1.4)
    Fig. 1.4 New Develop Preset dialog
  7. Enter a name in the Preset Name field to help identify properly for future use (ex: BW - Medium Contrast) and select the folder to save the Preset in (ex: User Presets)
  8. click on create
  9. the Preset will now appear in the folder you selected and can be applied to a photo by clicking on it

Camera Calibration Method 2: Black and White Light Contrast[edit]

  1. Select an image and switch to the Develop module
  2. Make any necessary adjustments to Exposure, Recovery, Fill Light, Blacks, Brightness and Contrast before desaturating the image
  3. set the Presence|Saturation slider to -100 (Fig. 1.1)
  4. In the Camera Calibration panel (Fig. 2.1):
    1. set the Red Primary|Hue slider to +100
      Fig. 2.1 Camera Calibration Settings Low Contrast
    2. set the Red Primary|Saturation slider to -100
    3. set the Green Primary|Hue slider to +100
    4. set the Green Primary|Saturation slider to +100
    5. set the Blue Primary|Hue Slider to -100
    6. set the Blue Primary|Saturation slider to 0
  5. To save as a Develop Preset, click the Create New Preset Icon (+) at the top of the Presets panel (Fig. 1.3)
  6. In the New Develop Preset dialog box under Settings uncheck Basic Tone, all other boxes under Settings should be checked (Fig. 1.4)
  7. Enter a name in the Preset Name field to help identify properly for future use (ex: BW - Light Contrast) and select the folder to save the Preset in (ex: User Presets)
  8. click on create
  9. the Preset will now appear in the folder you selected and can be applied to a photo by clicking on it

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