Lesson 16Creating Black and White with Lightroom

Photoshop is not the only game in town. Adobe has also created a new program called Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, or Lightroom for short. This particular program is a fairly complete workflow tool designed just for photographers, while Photoshop has to also satisfy graphic designers and many others that use photographs. The following lesson shows how easy it is to use Lightroom to create black-and-white images and how much control you will have over the tones in your images. Although Lightroom is more expensive than Photoshop Elements, it is quite a bit less expensive than Photoshop. It could be a solution if you currently use Elements and would like to do more but don't need the power of Photoshop. Adobe offers a free 30-day trial of Lightroom at their website, or you can visit the author's website (johngblair.com) for links.

To start off, if you haven't used Lightroom before, you must first import your image(s) into Lightroom as shown in Figure 1.20. This brings the image into the Library module. Next, move over to the Develop module by clicking on Develop at the top, using the top menus, or using the shortcut OpenApple+D (Mac) or Ctrl+D (PC). This is shown in Figure 1.20.

Figure 1.20 Importing an image into the LLightroom Library so it can be worked on.

Once you have the image open in the Develop module, it will look like Figure 1.21. If your screen looks different, you can open and close the side panels and the top and bottom panels by clicking on the little triangle arrow on all four sides. That will either open or close the panels. Once you have the Develop panels open on the right side of the screen, click on Grayscale in the Basic panel or in the HSL/Color/Grayscale panel. They both do the same thing, converting your image to a grayscale (black-and-white) image. You end up with Figure 1.22. Make sure that the right side panels are opened

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and closed as shown. Adjust Exposure, Recovery, Fill Light, Black, and Punch as necessary to have an overall visually pleasing image.

Now for the fun part. You have a large number of sliders (eight in Lightroom 1.1) in the HSL/Color/Grayscale panel. Moving those back and forth (or typing in numbers on the right) does the same thing as the Channel Mixer in Lesson 1.5 except that you can control things with much great precision in Lightroom. In Figure 1.23 we moved the yellow slider all the way to the right, and the value changes to -100. Notice the effect on the yellow flowers on the right. They have changed from nearly white to almost black with only small changes in tone in the rest of the image. You can use all of the sliders to tweak your image until it looks just as you would like.

Figure 1.23 The yellow slider is moved to —100, changing the yellow flowers on the right to nearly black.

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Once you are finished, you can export the image so you can send it to your lab, edit it further in Photoshop, make a slide show, print it, or create a website all from Lightroom. For detailed instructions on any of these features, see Appendix B, "Resource List," for books to help you with that. If you like the mix that you created, you can save it as a preset by going to the top menu and selecting Develop > New Preset and checking the boxes in the pop-up menu to select the controls and functions that you want your preset to save. Then with future images you can just select the preset.

Figure 1>24 Importing an image into the Aperture Library so it can be worked on.

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