AfterShot Black and White

The AfterShot Pro black and white capabilities are varied and will produce some impressive results.

Without using any of the downloadable plugins there are not many conversion options other than always boring de-saturate.

When all of the plugins are installed then there a lot more options for converting to b and w available and this is the reason to go to the Get More tab and install all of the free plugins.

The plugins specific to black and white conversion are ...

  1. Bez - adjust the perceived lightness or darkness with bezier curve-based tone controls.

  2. Silicon Bonk - uniquely geared to black-and-white conversion on images previously edited for color.

  3. zChannel Mixer - create better black-and-white images by mixing color channels.

  4. Mix3 - produce black-and-white images by mixing the Red, Green and Blue Channels.  Mix3 approximates average luminosity by taking a weighted average pf RGB.

  5. Color Equalizer - this plugin will modify the color spectrum in both color or black-and-white.

  6. Zone - uses the Ansel Adams Zone System to help set the correct exposure on an image.  This is not a conversion method, rather it's a method to check your black-and-white to insure that all zones are represented, more or less.

AfterShot Black and White

Bez

Turn the Bez plugin ON then pretty much ignore the rest of the top line as it seems they were part of the Bibble version.

Opacity - will reduce the overall effect of the adjustments as long as the Saturation slider is greater than 0.
Saturation - it lowers or raises the saturation with no effect of the luminosity.
Lighten Sliders - it's like moving the 192, 192 point on the curve upwards.
Gamma Lighten - it simulates moving the curve upward which lightens the shadows.
Mid-Tones - it has the effect of dragging the middle grey point (128, 128) up or down.
4 and 5 Tone Curve - wide or narrow tonality changes - you can use one or both.

Basically, turn the plugin on, lower the Saturation slider to 0 and slowly work through the sliders in the top part of the panel.

When the image looks good move to either the 4 or 5 Tone Curve and do some fine adjustments until you love the results!

Original Color Image

After Conversion with BEZ

AfterShot Pro 3 Original
AfterShot Pro 3 Converted with Bez

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