Everyone must have wondered at one time or another how long it had taken mankind to invent photography. It’s common knowledge that photographs were originally black and white, and taking picture required more than a little effort. But now technology has progressed so far that with just a few clicks, we can take a quality picture of a landscape, capture the emotions of a person, and convey the beauty of architecture’s Color schemes. You must have noticed when visiting exhibitions that most of photographs exhibited are in a black and white classical style. The question arises, “Why black and white rather than bright and colorful?” The bottom line is that each color photograph displays an incredible number of colors and hues that distract from the essence of the captured image. I’m not saying that color photos are worse than black and white ones, they just have a different purpose. Photos in color can convey the beauty of nature or the world around us, but they can never impart emotions and movement as vividly as black and white pictures can.
Today we will introduce an application that can easily and quickly turn a color photo into a black and white one. The application is called Tonality and you can find it here: http://macphun.com/tonality.
The application has a very user-friendly interface, and it’s easy to figure out how to add a file to be processed.
Let’s take a look at the application. You will see the menu at the top, the toolbar on the right, the PRESETS bar underneath, and the workspace in the center. The menu bar is user-friendly even for someone who has never used this kind of an application, as unlikely as it may be nowadays to find such a person.
If you scroll top to bottom through the toolbar, you can find a variety of filters in the following order:
- Color Temperature changes the color temperature of the image;
- Tone adjusts light, shadow, middle tones, contrast;
- Clarity & Structure adjusts the image structure and the contrasts between middle tones;
- Color Filter adjusts saturation of a single color, imitates photo filters of different colors;
- Tone Curve adjusts the tone curve.
- Split Toning adjusts tones for the light and dark areas separately and the balance of tones.
- Glow creates a glow effect.
- Lens Blur creates blur at a shallow depth.
- Texture Overlay maps out the texture.
- Vignette creates vignetting.
- Grain imitates grainy film.
- Photo Frames creates photo frames.
- Layer Properties adjusts the properties of a selected layer.
It is convenient that the application selects the filters that have been used, highlighting them in yellow, as you can see in the picture.
In the upper right corner, you can see the drop-down LAYERS menu. Here we can play around with the layers: add, delete, or move them around.
Below we will find a number of Presets, ready-made layers that can be used without involving all of the above-mentioned methods of color editing, etc. These, in turn, are divided into subgroups.
Each of them provides a variety of hue options to create various effects. You can add the effects you like to favorites, rename them, or create your own.
It’s easy to do by clicking on CREATE, then typing in the new layer name and adding it to the list.
Once you change a color image into a black and white one, the color can’t be restored, but you can focus on a particular object or detail by adjusting the brightness and clarity of the image. For example, if you convert a color image of a sunset to black and white, you can emphasize the beauty of the clouds that we would have never paid attention to when the focus was on the bright orange color.
Now you can find the emotion of each shot, whether it be color or black and white!
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