Join us as we equip you with everything you need to know about shooting and editing in monochrome. We start with some history and advice to keep in mind before picking up your camera. Then we move over to Photoshop and show you our tried and tested techniques for getting the absolute most out of light and shadow, form and texture, and tonal range. By the end of this tutorial, we’re confident that you’re black and white images will punch with contrast, and drip with style.
Setting creative limitations can often take your work into new and exciting places. We’ll help you worry less about color so you can focus on tone, style, light, and composition. Working in black and white can give you a whole new perspective on how you capture and edit your images.
Black and white provides a vintage look that just can’t be reproduced when using color. From adding noise and grain to blurs and textures, we cover all the bases help you add that timeless feel to your photos.
Black & White to the Rescue
Overexposed image? Unwanted color casts on your subject’s skin? Repair some of the minor accidents that can happen during a photoshoot by converting an image to black and white. Rescue details and save a photo from hitting the recycle bin.
HIGHLIGHT & SHADOW TONED
256 Shades of Gray
When converting an image from color to monochrome, each color will be interpreted as a shade of gray. Understanding how to manipulate these changes to get the most out of the tonal range will take your images to the next level.
Global & Local Editing
There’s more to black and white than dropping the saturation to zero. We’ll show you how to balance an image using both global and local editing techniques. Learn the power of adjustment layers, layer masks, selections, and more to rescue details and help your subject stand out.
Light and Shadows
From the sharp, geometric shadows of an urban landscape to the rich texture of skin in an intimate portrait, photography is the art of shaping light and shadow to enhance details and evoke feeling. Great black and white images start before you press down the shutter on your camera and continue well into the editing process. We’ll help you get there, detailing every step of the way.
HIGH CONTRAST BLACK & WHITE
LOW CONTRAST BLACK & WHITE
Stretching the highlights and shadows to their limits can result in an image both stunning and unexpected. Turn what might have been a boring photograph into something abstract and beautiful. High contrast images are a great way to see all of the possibilities black and white can offer.
Perfect for weddings or scenes where love is in the air, a low contrast image is created by reducing the difference between the highlights and shadows in an image. To really set the mood, we’ll show you how to use blurs and the brush tool to recreate the soft, romantic glows reminiscent of early black and white cinema.
One of the magical qualities of black and white conversion is its uncanny ability to completely transform the mood and tone of an image. Make a portrait feel dark and introspective or an athletic shot feel gritty and raw. Add mystery, romance, and drama to any picture with the wide range of tools that Photoshop has to offer.
ANTIQUE TEXTURED BLACK & WHITE
BLACK & WHITE WITH CONTROLLED BLUR
Your Style, Your Workflow
Whether you’re a fashion photographer, a wedding photographer, or an Instagram star, you’ve worked hard to develop your own distinctive style. We’ll show you how to use Photoshop to speed up your workflow while delivering the same looks that your clients and audience love.
LUTs, Actions & Presets
There are a variety of ways to save and apply looks within Photoshop. We walk you through creating your own custom LUTs and custom Actions so that you can apply the same look instantly to any photograph. Prefer Lightroom? We’ve got you covered with a how-to on creating Lightroom Presets as well.
On a tight deadline and need to deliver several (maybe hundreds) of sample images to a client? While it may seem impossible, Batch Processing in Photoshop can apply edits to an entire folder of images within minutes while coloring, naming, and resizing them all automatically.
CORRECT SKIN TONES IN BLACK & WHITE
CREATE A SELECTIVE COLOR EFFECT
CREATE STUNNING SEPIA IMAGES
BEAUTIFUL SPLIT TONES
Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.
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