The Black and White Tool Tab
October 13, 2011 4 Comments
Capture One Pro 6 comes with a powerful Black and White tool located in the Color Tool Tab. Besides this tool, Capture One Pro 6 also has a specific Black and White Tool Tab which includes a number of relevant tools to perform Black and White conversion.
As there are many Tool Tabs in Capture One, the Black and White Tool Tab is not visible by default. If you produce Black and White work often, I would strongly recommend enabling this Tool Tab.
Remember, you can always customize a Tool Tab. If you are missing a tool or find one you never use, just add or delete it. By default, Capture One remembers how you arrange the tools, and Capture One’s layout is stored in the default Workspace. You can always save the current layout as a named workspace to allow you to return to that specific layout again.
The left image is straight out of the camera. The center image is a black and white version made by simply desaturating the colors in the image, and this is by no means a very interesting image. The last image is made with the Black and White tool as well as some of the other tools found in the Black and White Tool Tab. This image is based on the Black and White tool preset called “Color – Landscape 1”. This preset brings down the lightness of the blue sky which gives a dramatic contrast to the dunes and the light tower, creating a much more interesting image.
To enable the Black and White Tool Tab, simply right click on the Tool Tab bar. That gives you the opportunity to select the “Black and White” Tool Tab in the “Add Tool Tab” menu.
The image above shows the layout of the Black and White Tool Tab. In the Black and White tool, the preset “Color – Landscape 1” has been selected. You can use the tool presets as inspiration for how you would like your image to appear. Scroll down the preset list, and you will immediately see the effect of each selected preset. Start by selecting the presets that gives you the overall look and finish that you want. Then, you can fine-tune the result using the other tools. For example, a Black and White image will often need much more contrast than a color version of the same image.
Stay tuned for more Black and White tips next week.