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Lightroom and Photoshop: Black and White Photography

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Learn how to transform color images into black and white photographs using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

Shoot in color, but think in black and white. In this course, Bryan O'Neil Hughes—the director of product management at Adobe—shares some of his favorite techniques for transforming color photographs into black and white using Lightroom and Photoshop. Learn how to prepare and fine-tune your photographs in Lightroom, and then move the images into Photoshop to take advantage of its nondestructive adjustment layers. Find out how to use the Silver Efex plugin for making monochrome adjustments. See how to convert video to black and white. Bryan closes with a video that pulls all the lessons together in a single end-to-end workflow, and demonstrates how share a portfolio using Spark.


  • Create world-class black-and-white images with Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Why black and white?
1. Black and White Considerations
  • Thinking in black and white
  • Shooting with black and white in mind
  • Getting the most out of the camera you have with you
  • Choosing black and white or color
2. Choosing the Right Lightroom
  • Which Lightroom is best for you?
3. Black and White: First Steps in Lightroom
  • Getting started
  • Preparing a color image for black and white
  • The power of creative profiles
  • Black-and-white mixing and adding tone
  • Fine-tuning your image
  • Finish work using tools
  • Utilizing presets effectively
  • HDR for black and white
  • Panorama
  • Lightroom black-and-white workflow
  • Lightroom workflows for black and white
4. Black and White in Photoshop
  • Camera RAW and Smart Filters
  • Smart Filter
  • Making selective edits
  • Taking advantage of adjustment layers
  • Layer masks
  • Adjusting the toning of your image
  • Removing noise, adding grain, and sharpening
  • Photoshop black-and-white workflow
  • Transferring photos from Lightroom to Photoshop
5. Black and White: Beyond the Desktop
  • Lightroom for Mobile black and white
6. Beyond Black and White in Photoshop
  • Working with the Silver Efex plugin for Photoshop
  • Creating frames for black-and-white images
  • Converting color video to black and white
7. End-to-End Workflow
  • Putting it all together in a single image
8. Modern sharing
  • Sharing and collaboration
  • Portfolio
  • Spark
  • Next steps

Taught by

Bryan O'Neil Hughes


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