Table of contents
- Creating a Monochrome version
- Figure 1: Color version of the image
- Figure 2: Context Menu in Adobe® Lightroom
- Figure 3: Edit Photo with Silver Efex Pro 2
- Figure 4: Monochrome High Structure with blue tone
- A second monochrome version
Creating a Monochrome version
In the first part of this article series I have created a color edition of my image.
In this part of the article series I am going to convert the image into a pleasing blue tone image, using Silver Efex Pro 2. My work starts in Adobe® Lightroom, where I find the color version, mark it and open the context menu.
In the context menu I choose Edit In > Silver Efex Pro 2.
Confirming my choice a pop-up window opens.
Here I have chosen the color space sRGB. In Adobe® Lightroom, I usually work in Photo Pro, but in this case, sRGB works fine.
Confirming the choices opens the image in Silver Efex Pro 2, where I am trying out different presets to convert my image into a monochrome. For this image, I like the High Structure (harsh) preset for everything but the sky. I am also applying a Toning Adjustment, to add a Blue (9) tone, from the Finishing Adjustments Panel on the right side.
Saving the photo creates a TIFF file, which is automatically imported into Adobe® Lightroom.
The result is not completely satisfying to me, I find the sky in this monochrome version too noisy.
A second monochrome version
Since I wasn’t content with the High Structure Harsh image, I am now creating a second monochrome version. To do so I am again opening Silver Efex Pro 2 from the context menu of the color image.
The sky in this blue tone image is better in my opinion. However, I am not satisfied with the foreground in this photo.
Compare the two monochrome versions by using the slider. Sliding to the right reveals the Fine Art Process treated image, sliding to the left the High Structure Harsh processed one.
As you can see, the sky in the Fine Art Process image is less noisy than in the High Structure Harsh version, which is why I prefer it. Yet the foreground loses too much of its structure. I will, therefore, combine both photos in Adobe® Photoshop in the last part of this article series on March 30, 2018.