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In Aperture 3, turning your photos black-and-white is just a few clicks away – no rocket science required.
Let’s get right down to it.
Here’s the original photo we’re working with today: (all images can be made larger by clicking on them)
What we’re going to do is click on adjustments on the Aperture Inspector (short cut = control + A), and scroll down and click on Black & White. The second way to do this is to simply use the shortcut control + M to turn your selected. Either will turn your photo black and white Instantly.
Voila! You have a black and white photo:
You can move the Red, Green, and Blue Sliders in the Black & White menu around to season to taste. I prefer to push the red a little bit to the right. Here’s what that looks like:
You can also select a variety of Black & White options by using the presets menu. It’s pretty easy – just click on Presets in the Aperture Inspector, then lay the mouse on Black & White, and select among the various options, which mimic the filters photographers used with black & white film in the old days. As you move the cursor over the different options, a preview window pops up to show you what the finished product looks like:
Just click, and you’re done.
And remember, if you ever want to start over, just hit the M key to go back to the master image.
About the picture: shot at Brooklyn’s Tea Lounge with my good ol’ Canon 50mm 1.8 lens.
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