I have always liked converting images to black and white, but the trick has been figuring out what method to get good results. While there are lots of ways in LR and Photoshop to convert an image to black and white, I’ve always been a advocate of third party conversion software as long as it looks good. And I have to say, the new On1 Photo 10 with its black and white filter options gives incredible results with all the tools necessary to adjust the conversion.
Here is what the black and white filter window looks like. To start, you have a larger variety of presets to choose from for your conversion. But that is just the start. On the right side you have a variety of sliders and tools to allow more adjustment of the image. What I really like about this new version is now you can do your black and white conversion, and then add a filter from the same window. Just hit the ‘add filter’ button on the right side to apply this to your shot. Maybe you like a grunge look to your images, or you want to add dynamic contrast to a landscape. The algorithms have been improved on sliders such as the Shadows slider, and you can choose specific colors to adjust in your black and white shot. Just like adding colored filters in the field at capture. Another way to convert to black and white is use the film preset option. Click this tab and you will be presented with your favorite black and white film presets.
On1 Photo offers a lot more than just black and white conversions. It is on sale one more day for $109 dollars with lots of extras included. For the vast amount of presets and filters included, On1 Photo is a bargain.