There's something about a black and white image isn’t there? A good conversion to black and white can turn a mundane color image into something with impact.
But what are our options for turning a full-color digital image into a great black and white one? Many of us use Adobe’s excellent Lightroom and today we are going to look at how to convert to monochrome using this program. Like with Photoshop, there are a number of ways to turn your image monochromatic and also there are a number of techniques you can employ to give that image further impact.
Let’s start with how to remove the color from your image. As with all black and white conversions, start with an image that will look good in monochrome and make some simple tone and exposure corrections before conversion. A quick tip here is to press the V key. This will show the image as a black and white preview.
The Most Basic Conversion – This is Technically Considered a Starting Point:
The simplest way to convert to a black and white image is to use the Black and White tab in the Basic section of the Develop Module. This simply removes all the color information and you will notice that the Vibrance and Saturation sliders become greyed out.