A great black and white photo offers a mood or highlights form. And each preset category in Luminar offers a
black and white photo mood to choose from. Simply click the circle preset icon at the far bottom right and
browse through the image categories! You can even fine-tune your image afterwards using the filter bars.
Clean and Classic B&W
In the “Basic” category you’ll find the “Classic B&W” effect, which pulls down saturation, yet retains detail and skin-tone texture in your image.
This is an even starting point for any black and white picture. Whereas if you want increased contrast with soft, yet dramatic highlights — a look for glowing skin — you’ll want to try “B&W Fashion Magazine” in the “Portrait” category. Or maybe you’re looking for an image with more of a vintage quality that still retains high detail (think Ansel Adams!) For that try “Silver Crystals” in the “Travel” section!
Edgy or Ethereal
If you want to make your black and white photo editing even more specific, try “Film Noir” under “Dramatic” for some moody intensity!
Or if you love that old photojournalism from the 60s, try “60s B&W” under “Street” and check out the adjustable grain. Or, go in the opposite direction — try an ethereal, soft image like “Landscape Soft B&W,” which pulls down the clarity for a dreamy overall effect. Perfect for those foggy nature pictures!
You can use photo presets as a great starting point, or finishing effect for your image. Or you can go straight into manual control by simply adding a “B&W Conversion” filter. This allows you control each luminance color level independently in the image. This also enables you to create your desired effect using a combination of exposure,clarity and contrast as well as manipulation of blacks & whites, highlights & shadows. If you want to add a ‘vintage’ photo component as well, simply follow by adding an adjustable “Grain” filter. Try it!