View Full Version : Best Colour -> B&W conversion process...?

17th June 2008, 01:03 PM
Hi All

Asked elsewhere as well so apologies if you have already read this.

I have been asked by a client to convert all but a handful of approx 100 shots originally taken in colour, to black and white. Can I ask in your experience which is the best process to do this that results in the best quality black and white conversion?

I have both Lightroom and CS3, with a few presets in Lightroom (but I don't think much of these presets to be honest), but would be willing to purchase a low(ish) cost b&w conversion app if anyone would feel that this does a better job than either of the two I have.

Personally, I like the CS3 Image>Adjustments>Black and White function to be honest, and feels this does an excellent job of the conversion.

What do others here feel please...?


17th June 2008, 01:06 PM
I use a set of lightroom presets (WOW Preset pack if i remember correctly) and they have some nice B&W conversion presets in there with some nice contrasty ones too.

Will dig out a link shortly.


17th June 2008, 01:07 PM


17th June 2008, 01:10 PM
Just found this site as well, and it give a visual representation of the preset before download. Not used any of these but will be looking into them later now that i have found them.



17th June 2008, 03:01 PM
While talking Lightroom presets, 2 great sites are:
http://www.lightroomgalleries.com/index.php which has web gallery presets, including a very powerful one with paypal and google checkout integration.
http://www.lightroomkillertips.com/ which has tips and presets for both develop and print modules. (some really good presets here)

Anyway, back to the topic. I really like the B&W Old preset from Lightroompresets. Nothing will work straight off for every image, but I find it a good starting point.

Other than that, I would recommend (in Lightroom) coverting to greyscale, then using the tone curve to give deeper blacks, and some decent highlights. Get the first image right. Then paste those settings over all the others (or all the similar ones). Then once they are roughed out, you can refine them as necessary. This sort of technique should save a lot of time over doing each one in Photoshop, yet is still allow individual tweaking.

All the best,