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Learn how to work with HSL / grayscale sliders in Camera Raw 4.0.
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Okay. So we've seen how great Camera Raw is at editing color photographs, but how about black and white images. Black and white photography is very popular now-a-days and converting to black and white can be a little tricky. But now by converting to grayscale inside of Camera Raw, you have unbelievable control and flexibility over your images.
So with the same image selected, what I am going to do is I am going to go ahead and come down here right above the Vibrance Slider, and I am going to click on Covert to Grayscale. When I do that, you see that it does a fairly decent job of converting the overall image into black and white. But, what I want to do now is gain a little bit more control, so that I can adjust the tones of this image inside of Camera Raw.
So what I am going to do is come up here, and I am going to select the HSL/Grayscale Sliders, and when I do that, you notice that I get an Automatic Mixer that resembles Photoshop's Channel Mixer, and it's actually based on the same principle. So what you can start to do inside of here is you can get unbelievable control over the different color ranges of your image.
For instance, if I wanted to darken up the green areas of the image, I could come down here to the Green Slider, and just start dragging it to the left, and you'll notice that the green portions of my image get a little bit darker like right over here in these bushes, they are getting a little bit darker. Same is true if I wanted to push down the yellows which in grass tones, you usually find a lot more yellow than you do green; believe it or not.
So what I can do now is take the Yellow Slider down and you'll notice I am actually lowering the yellow values. But, what you should also be noticing is that I am not effecting the overall tones of the different portions of the image like his face, or his t-shirt or anything like that. So we are getting this new level of control which is also something that you'll see in the new Black & White Adjustment Layers inside of Photoshop. But here, you get great visual feedback as you adjust, because as you make these changes, it live updates right here in the Preview Window.
So if I wanted to lighten up the Magenta areas, as well as the Purple areas or anything like that, just by clicking-and-dragging around these Sliders, I have a new level of control of these images like I have never had before. So my suggestion is to always if you are working with Camera Raw files, use Camera Raw to do your Grayscale conversions, and then come into the HSL/Grayscale Sliders, play around with these, and you can really start to adjust and fine-tune your black and white print into a fine work of art.