Mono­chrome fil­ter ef­fects

De­sat­u­rate a shot and then fine-tune the lu­mi­nance of var­i­ous greyscale tones

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1 Handy his­togram

Most ef­fec­tive black-and-white images con­tain both black shad­ows and white high­lights. Our edited shot’s his­togram has a healthy spread of tones, with some black shad­ows at the far left and white high­lights at the far right. The orig­i­nal shot’s high­lights are peak­ing due to the swan’s sun­lit neck. The high­lights in the edited im­age’s his­togram aren’t peak­ing as much. (We’ve in­cluded the orig­i­nal his­togram at the left of our screen­grab, though in prac­tice you can only see one His­togram panel in Cap­ture NX-D.)

2 Pic­ture Con­trol

Click on this icon to ac­cess the Pic­ture Con­trol panel and its one-click pre­sets.

3 Lat­est Pic­ture Con­trol

You could use Pic­ture Con­trol set­tings that are com­pat­i­ble with the func­tions on your par­tic­u­lar Nikon. For ac­cess to the lat­est tools, set this drop­down to Lat­est Pic­ture Con­trol.

4 Mono­chrome

This Pic­ture Con­trol pre­set in­stantly re­moves all of the colour in­for­ma­tion from your RAW file, leav­ing a range of greyscale tones. It also gives you ac­cess to the Fil­ter Ef­fect drop­down menu.

5 Clar­ity

This slider en­ables you to in­crease the con­trast around greyscale mid­tones, which makes de­tails and tex­tures pop out more. How­ever, an in­crease in con­trast can cause clip­ping. A lit­tle clip­ping is okay, es­pe­cially in ar­eas such as the spec­u­lar high­light on the swan’s beak. To avoid los­ing de­tail in im­por­tant ar­eas use the Clip­ping Warn­ing fea­ture.

6 Fil­ter Ef­fect

Mimic dif­fer­ent on-cam­era colour fil­ters by choos­ing var­i­ous colour pre­sets from the Fil­ter Ef­fect drop­down menu. The Red fil­ter suits our ex­am­ple im­age best as it dark­ens the blues in the sky to re­veal a trace of lighter cloud. It also dark­ens the re­flected blues in the wa­ter. Dif­fer­ent fil­ters will suit dif­fer­ent shots depend­ing on the colours in the orig­i­nal im­age, so feel free to ex­per­i­ment.

7 Ton­ing

The Ton­ing drop­down pre­set en­ables you to add a wash of colour to your conversions. Check out our walk­through, be­low, for more on this.

8 Tone (De­tail )

In the Tone (De­tail) panel you can drag the High­light Pro­tec­tion slider right to claw back some of the photo’s over-ex­posed high­light de­tail. The Ra­dius slider in­creases the spread of the con­trast change. If you push these slid­ers too far you’ll see black or white lines ap­pear around con­trast­ing edges.

9 Thresh­old

This slider re­duces the com­bined ef­fect of the In­ten­sity and Ra­dius slid­ers, so it helps you get a bal­ance be­tween sharp­en­ing de­tail while keep­ing im­age-spoil­ing arte­facts at bay.

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