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Vivid B&W

Lesson 14 from: SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets

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14. Vivid B&W

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Vivid B&W

in this video, we're gonna create the vivid black and white 12th mixology and that is going to take our image from this standard light from black and white to this awesome, dramatic black and white in a simple click. We're gonna create that preset in less than 10 seconds, and then we're gonna apply it to these three different images. So let's jump in and let's get started. Now, the whole trick to this vivid black, my preset, we're gonna cover basically how to create that using the framework as well as basically what's being done over here on the right side so you can understand the settings. Now, what's happening in this preset is if you compare this to signature black and white, you can see that basically, we're pulling down. A lot of the blues were adding a lot more contrast. It's just a much more vivid and dramatic black and white effect. So how do we create this effect? Well, I'm gonna go ahead and just select all three of my images. We're gonna reset these out by pressing control,...

shift our or command shift our and then we're gonna jump right into the develop module. Now we're gonna open up the framework right here. So we're gonna use the foundation stylization, bass tone and definition framework, and we're gonna put 10 seconds on the clock, is gonna create our preset. I said almost had pre decrease it. I think I've done that before. We're going to create a preset in less than 10 seconds. 10 seconds on the clock. We're gonna use standard black and white vivid toning. I'm gonna use some extra highlight recovery to pull those highlights down. We're gonna add in a little bit of mid tone definition and contrast definition and then a simple bit of D. Hayes to boost overall contrast. That's basically it, people. And by the way, the D. A's kind of does a few different things, but it also boosts these kind of blue tones and like the sky tones guys trying to pull those things back as if you had haze in the shot. So it's very useful to create dramatic effects like this one. Now we're done with this preset. All we gotta do from here is basically just dialing the correct exposure. So right around a plus one and what we're gonna do is. I want to show you the basic, um, the basic black and white conversion and then compare it against this. And so what I've done here is I'm gonna show you a little trick. So if you want, you can save out your preset once again, we'd use the following settings to save it out. So if you'd like to save it, you can simply pause the video dialing these settings, give it a name and save it out. We've got over that a 1,000,000 times. I want to keep beaten a dead horse. Okay, so we're gonna do is press control shift our This is, by the way, the vivid black and white environmental, and we need it. Label it environment reporter, because really, we use it for more pulled back type shots. In general, I'm gonna give you a couple different examples of other situations, but let's go ahead and press control, shift our command, start to reset this image out. Now, what I want to do is dial in an appropriate exposure and then I want to set this to black and white bright passing V. And now what I can do here is go down to the history, right click on the last step and say, Copy this history, Step to the before So when I press backslash, it's actually gonna show this as the before version of the image. This gives us a really good comparison to see what the regular Black on my conversion would do compared to this black and white conversion with the vivid black and white. So now let's click Vivid and Night, compared back and forth between these two images, the before and the after. So you see, is a really big and dramatic change. And it's even a big dramatic change compared to the signature black and white, which is much more natural kind of feeling and looking to it. So, yes, that is the vivid black my unlike so, which is a natural or much more natural looking and feeling that was not very good English. But that's OK. So again we'd use these types of images. Typically, when we have greens and blues in the background, we want to pull down. We're using them for more wide environmental type Portrait's. So this is another great example, and once again we can put 10 seconds on clock but we're not gonna need it. All we're gonna do is click. Where is our fairness? Vivid Black and white. And I was gonna die on an exposure. And again, you can see how beautiful that looks in the background for this particular image. I would dial in a lens profile, correction and just press are to correct my horizon line right there. Okay, Now, just to compare this once again, let's take a look real fast. So let's go ahead. And what we'll do is, well, let's do this. Let's create a virtual copy this time and what we're news. Reset this out. We had a 0. for exposure, so let's just go ahead and dialing 0. This is another way of just going about creating a comparison. I'm gonna switch this over to black and white, and now we have our virtual copy and our standard copy. We can put these side by side or weaken, flip back and forth between the two either way, but again, you can see the difference between these two and how much more vivid and dramatic that preset on the left is hence why we call it vivid All right, let's press evil flip over these two second kind of See that again. Okay, so it's a really big shift. Now, the last thing I'm gonna do with this image of and turn the lights back on my pressing ill last gonna do with his images this drop in a radio filter. So this is Pop is on, and my light room is having a hard time keeping up right now. Perfect. I'm gonna pull us out. Now. What we do is flip this over to be a highlight on Lee Byrne. Okay, So it's really just gonna pull the highlights down and leave the shadows where that I don't want a deep in the shadows too much. I might pull exposure just a little bit, but for the most part, I just want to pull highlights a little bit more. That looks fantabulous now. One little trick here I do see some despot. So if you want to, you can always use the desk correction curve. You can add that to the preset or just added to an image, Any point time. It really reveal dust spots on your lens like these ones, and we can go ahead and quickly click them and identify them. And then we're done. We simply turn that curve off. All right, so let's check out the final before and after for this image. Here is the standard black and white here is that vivid and dramatic. Black and white looks pretty awesome. Here is one other example. This is not necessarily a wide angle type shot, but this is a wedding portrait that is in front of green and blue. And if we wanted to have a more dramatic look to it, we can use this preset still in this place and still get really great results. So I'm gonna click vivid color, and all we're gonna do is just Oops, I meant vivid black and wait, not color. And then we're going to just pull up the exposure a bit. And there you go. And once again comparing this to that signature black and white, you can see how much is gonna pull down that background. So this is a much more kind of natural look, whereas with the vivid, we're getting a more dramatic look in those greens and blues and so forth. Now, let's just take a look at what's being done really over here on the right side. So primarily we are in all three of these examples. Okay, so we're saving. Let's use this example cause it's a really good one in terms of color toning. But we're preserving all of our highlights with a strong recovery pool. So we're pulling down the highlights and the whites and we're leaving shadows and blacks not really lifted that much to preserve overall black contrast were also boosting contrast on top of that, so this is just overall contrast. We're adding a little bit of mid tone contract with clarity. We have a standard Esseker, which is boosting overall. Ah, contrast as well. So we have lots of extra contrast and we're gonna have another step to and our black and white mix. We're lifting the reds in the oranges for skin tones again, these air designed for skin tone manipulation. So we want to make sure that in these dramatic types of black and whites, we preserve skin tone and so we're lifting reds and oranges a bit. We're dropping all the other tones, and this is what's bringing everything else down to kind of create a more dramatic effect. Okay, with detail. We have our standard sharpening as well as a little bit of noise reduction just for skin tone, Um, and for skin detail. And then, once again, we have a little bit of D. Hayes added to this just again toe pop. A little bit of that background more because once, because what D Hayes is doing is essentially, it's bringing the blues and everything else down because it's assuming that there's haze in the shot. When we don't have hes, it just adds additional contrast and make your background look really cool. This is once again on Leah Light Room CC option. So if you don't have this, you need to have light from C C to have the D. Hayes Tool available to you. Now that's it for the overall settings. Let me show you one brief thing. I want to show you essentially where all these things are coming from in the advanced customization framework. So the adjustment portion the color toning portion of the advanced framework is basically all of our different color options that we would use for eight yourself or modification, whether it's a color image that you see up toward the top, or black and whites or filmic type images as well. So if at any point you want to modify the HSE l or modified the black white mixed, you can always pull open this color toning adjustments for those that have the full process system. And you can switch to a different black and white mix basically in. So if we want to choose just a warm kick, weaken do that. It's not gonna have nearly as dramatic of a look, but it's basically give a warm kick to skin tones. And we can choose which version that right now we have selected a dramatic black and white with skin tone preservation. We also have dramatic black wise just for landscapes that don't do any skin tone preservation. So it kind of drops everything a little bit, and it's more designed for landscape type imagery. So this is a really cool function and feature in the full preset system, so be sure to utilize it to make advance tweaks to your mixology ease. That's it for this video. I'll see you all in the next one

Class Materials


Written Installation Guide
LR Preset System CC v1.1
LR Preset System Exercise Files

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Cool presets, but the course is a little slow...

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The importing by copying and pasting the presets into the directory doesn't work for me in Lightroom Classic.

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