Color to Black and White Artistry By Katrin Eismann

2 hr 19 min
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Investigate the many ways to convert and transform color images into beautiful black and white images.

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Katrin outlines the course and goes over what she will be covering
Learn about inspecting the color channels, and judging image quality before converting to black and white
Create a grayscale image to reduce noise and maintain image tonality and working with curves and color samplers
Convert a color portrait into black and white, create and save with channel mixer presets and use multiple channel mixer adjustment layers with layer masks
Create custom black and white conversions and to add spilt toning effects
Understanding the preset filters, how to adjust the conversion, and use the tint feature
Creating, saving, and applying black and white adjustment layer presets
Mimicking traditional darkroom printing and toning methods with the black and white adjustment layer tint feature
Recreate black and white film and filters and transferring multiple adjustment layers to other images
Convert color images to back and white and work with blend modes, layer masks, and subtle sharpening techniques
Experimenting with image channels to convert color to black and white and using smart filters to add creative infrared effects
Use information from different channels and combine them with filters to create new effects
Using image channels to exaggerate image texture to create gritty, moody images with Smart Filters and blend modes
Introduction to converting to grayscale with Adobe Camera Raw by adjusting the grayscale mix sliders
The advanced technique of working with image saturation and color luminance to create much better color to black and white conversions
Processing the same image multiple times with Adobe Camera Raw and smart objects to combine black and white and color images
Applying creative toning and tinting effects to black and white images to enhance the mood and effectiveness of images
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Katrin Eismann


Katrin is 1/3 artist, 1/3 author, and 1/3 educator. She received her BFA degree in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her MFA degree in Design from the School of Visual Arts. She has co-authored: Web Design Studio Secrets, Adobe Photoshop Studio Secrets, Real World Digital Photography, and authored Ph...

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  1. Profile photo of Vivian Bedoya Vivian Bedoya

    Katrin Eisman is an excellent teacher and this course is packed with information and easy-to-follow concepts.

  2. Profile photo of Paul Vreeland Paul Vreeland

    This course is dated (CS3) but I found it excellent++. — A wonderful learning experience. I’d suggest viewing this one first, then Vincent Versace’s on B&W conversions. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of ablanco ablanco

    Excellent course–lots of useful information. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of dianne583 dianne583

    This is an excellent course, I have viewed it a number of times and there is always something new to learn. I have also taken notes which I refer to regularly. A content packed course presented by a skilled and gifted trainer. Great stuff. Thank you. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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