Don’t just con­vert to black and white – get dif­fer­ent mono looks us­ing colour fil­ters and ton­ing pre­sets

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De­sat­u­rate the photo

Set the ad­just­ment pal­ette’s pull-down menu to Lat­est Pic­ture Con­trol. Change the Stan­dard Pic­ture Con­trol to Mono­chrome – this dis­cards colour and creates a greyscale con­ver­sion. You can now ad­just the con­trast of var­i­ous greyscale tones based on the orig­i­nal colours us­ing fil­ters.

Add a fil­ter ef­fect

If you set the Fil­ter Ef­fect drop-down menu to Red, this dark­ens the tones of the blue sky and light­ens up the warm reds of the boat. This helps the boat’s lighter-look­ing shape stand out more, in con­trast to the darker tones of the sky, giv­ing the im­age more im­pact.

Ap­ply some ton­ing

To change the mood of your mono con­ver­sion you can add washes of colour, cour­tesy of the Ton­ing pull-down menu. A Sepia set­ting, for ex­am­ple, helps give our photo a vin­tage feel. You can pro­duce a more sub­tle sepia wash by drop­ping the Ton­ing Sat­u­ra­tion slider down to 2.

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