Ef­fec­tive mono­chrome in min­utes

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

1 Re­move the colour Right-click on the start im­age in Bridge and choose Open in Cam­era Raw. Click on the HSL/Grayscale tab, then click on the Sat­u­ra­tion tab and drag all eight Sat­u­ra­tion slid­ers left to -100; this re­moves all the colour, but the un­der­ly­ing colour in­for­ma­tion is still avail­able to us. 2 Ad­just se­lected tones Click on the Lu­mi­nance tab, and use the slid­ers to lighten or darken tones in the im­age. You can also use the Tar­geted Ad­just­ment tool – see the Quick Tip. Darken the sky, and lift the greyscale tones cor­re­spond­ing to the yel­lows and greens in the land­scape.

3 Play with white bal­ance

Go to the Ba­sic panel, and ex­per­i­ment with the Tem­per­a­ture and Tint slid­ers to see how they af­fect the tones. Next, play with Vi­brance and Sat­u­ra­tion, and use the other slid­ers to fine-tune global and lo­cal con­trast. A boost in Clar­ity works won­ders here.

4 Add a grad ef­fect

Select the Grad­u­ated Fil­ter tool from the tool­bar, click on the ‘+’ sym­bol to the right of the Tem­per­a­ture slider, then drag down from the sky to darken it for an ND grad fil­ter ef­fect. Ex­per­i­ment with the Tem­per­a­ture and Tint slid­ers to change the look of the sky.

5 Dodge and burn

Take the Ad­just­ment Brush, click on the ‘–’ but­ton to the left of the Ex­po­sure slider, set a high Feather value and paint around the lower-left edge to darken it slightly. Press N to add a new mask, click on the ‘+’ Ex­po­sure but­ton, and paint to lighten the wa­ter and cliffs.

6 Save a pre­set

You can save your ed­its as a pre­set, then ap­ply this to other images. Click on the Zoom tool to re­turn to the Ba­sic panel, then click on the Pre­sets tab. Click on the New Pre­set icon, name the pre­set and check the rel­e­vant boxes: White Bal­ance, Sat­u­ra­tion and HSL here.

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