Project THREE Digital da rkroom Master mono conversion
James Paterson shows how Lightroom gives you control over your mono conversions
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…