Project THREE Dig­i­tal da rk­room Mas­ter mono con­ver­sion

James Pater­son shows how Light­room gives you con­trol over your mono con­ver­sions

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When it comes to con­vert­ing im­ages to mono­chrome, the best tools for the job all share some­thing in com­mon: they let you fine-tune the bright­ness of dif­fer­ent colour ranges dur­ing the con­ver­sion. One such tool is Light­room’s HSL Panel. We’ll use it here, but rather than sim­ply con­vert­ing to mono we’ll use a method that al­lows us to fine-tune the mono ef­fect with the Ba­sic Panel’s colour slid­ers.

There are good rea­sons to use Light­room rather than Pho­to­shop for mono con­ver­sions. Any changes you make won’t al­ter pix­els un­til you Ex­port, and be­cause the set­tings are not ac­cu­mu­la­tive, you can fine-tune the con­ver­sion with the Ba­sic Panel’s Tem­per­a­ture, Tint and Sat­u­ra­tion con­trols (set­tings you’d nor­mally as­so­ciate with ad­just­ing colours) even af­ter you’ve con­verted the im­age to mono. So you have an ex­cel­lent de­gree of con­trol over the look of your im­ages, and you can dodge and burn with the Ad­just­ment Brush. Here’s how it works…

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