Common questions about black and white photo effects in Adobe Camera Raw
Can I tone my black and white photos in Camera Raw?
If you’re running Adobe Camera Raw under CS3/4/5 you can tint a black and white shot using the Split Toning tab.
Here you can adjust the Hue and Saturation for both the highlights and the shadows, then use the Balance slider to fine-tune the effect.
You can also use the Split Toning controls to tint an image with the same colour in both the highlights and shadows.
Some greyscale sliders don’t have an effect – why?
All our mono effects start from the Auto settings that are applied when you click Convert to Grayscale.
Unless an image contains a wide variety of tones, you’ll find that only around half the sliders have a noticeable effect – it’s always worth dragging each slider all the way to the left and right to see which tones are affected.
You can create greater tonal variety by manipulating the HSL sliders before converting to mono.
Why am I finding so much mono noise?
Because some colour channels contain more noise than others, pushing certain sliders particularly hard can exacerbate noise, depending on the camera, plus the exposure and ISO settings – in particular, pushing Blues hard left to darken a sky can cause a dramatic increase.
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