Welcome to PSKiss BlackMagic – the complete black and white digital darkroom inside Adobe Lightroom.
BlackMagic presets create outstanding results for almost any lighting conditions! This unique set of Lightroom presets and brushes, is designed to convert color photos to Black & White, while keeping the tonal range as wide as possible. They were designed with the understanding that lighting conditions are not optimal most of the time, while the dynamic range of the camera is wide enough to capture tones, in these conditions.
After installing the presets, you are ready to use the carefully planned progressive workflow:
- Set your initial conversion with “Creative BW” or “Wide Range Grayscales”
- Increase or decrease the gray tonal range, using our “Additionals”
- Add and remove color toning
- Add and remove special Grain effects
- Combine special darkroom-style effects using local Solarize brushes
1. Set your initial conversion
In this sample we chose HC 70’s Fashion:
2. Increase or decrease the gray tonal range, using “Additionals”
In this sample we chose – Open Shadows – 2:
Note: The “Additionals” presets are progressive – they are added (or subtracted if you are out of their scale) to the current look of the image. This means you can use Open Shadows, to brighten shadows of the image and then use Highlight Recovery, to darken its highlights. The presets will not replace the entire look. Each one works on a separated part of the histogram.
3. Add and remove color toning
Select the appropriate toning for you image. In this sample we chose Cyanotype:
To remove the toning and return to regular black & white, select Un Tone.
4. Add and remove special Grain effects
Grain effects (part of Additionals) can be added in 3 levels:
To remove the Grain effect, select Undo Grain.
5. Use the “Solarization Lab” for special effets
This is actually a two step action – you can use these effects on their own, however it is a better practice to use them in conjunction with the special Solarize Brush presets. If you wanted to use only the effects, simply choose it from the Solariztion Lab list:
To combine it with a Brush preset, select the Adjustment Brush tool:
Note: You can change the brush effect anytime, by clicking its “pin” and selecting another brush preset from the Effects menu. In addition, you can change the settings till they fit your image. In this sample we changed the Exposure, Contrast and Clarity. Note that the word (edited) is added to the effect:
5a. Use only a Solarize Brush
This effect is very useful when you want to emphasize hair areas in portraits:
The B & W image:
After using the Solarize1-Basic brush (edited):
Using the “01 Basic” presets
This group of presets sets the initial state of the image. In some cases, it recommended to use them, prior to any Black & White conversion:
Zeroed – Resets all the develop settings to default, without any change of crop.
Standard Color – Sets a “start point” of colors before the B & W conversion. Works best with daylight or flash lighting conditions. You can always return to this point, without any change of crop.
Classic Sharpening – Applies subtle sharpening to the image.
Chromatic Aberration – Turns on Remove Chromatic Aberration in the Lens Correction section of the Develop module.
Lens Profile – Turns on Enable Profile Corrections in the Lens Correction section of the Develop module. NOTE: Sometimes Lightroom fails to identify your lens automatically. Please check the Lens Correction section and if needed, select your lens manually:
LR4 Negative – Use this preset to make a negative scan turn positive and vice versa (if needed…).