Black and white photo effects: how Camera Raw can make pro-quality mono

Black and white photo effects: how the Camera Raw Basic tab can make pro-quality mono

Custom black and white photo effects for portraits

 

Our image as it originally appeared

Dragging a slider to the right lightens the grayscale tones. For light skin, to set Reds to +20 and Oranges to +30. You can use the sliders to adjust background colours so the focus stays on the subject.

We don’t have many background tones to work with here, but for other shots you can mute background tones, or increase contrast between subject and background in particular areas.

Custom black and white photo effects for portraits

Returning to the Basic tab for this portrait, we increased Fill Light to 75 and Blacks to 45: this clips shadows and brings out detail in the face. Increasing Clarity further enhances the fine detail.

PAGE 1: Using the Camera Raw basic tab
PAGE 2: Custom black and white photo effects for portraits
PAGE 3: Custom black and white photo effects for landscapes
PAGE 4: Custom black and white photo effects for coastal shots
PAGE 5: Common questions about black and white photo effects in Adobe Camera Raw

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