A Super Quick Way To Convert Your Photo To Black And White

Hey everyone. Here’s a great little tip for you if you want to see quickly see what your photo looks like as a black and white, without going to a different panel and messing with sliders. Ready… just go to the Develop module and press the V key. Yup… that’s it. It does the default black and white conversion, and gives you a good idea of whether you’d want to process the photo any further as a B&W. If you like it, then head down to the B&W panel and make some more adjustments. If not, just press the V key again and it’ll take you back to the color version of the photo. Here’s an example:

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Have a great weekend!

Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog, LightroomKillerTips.com, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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8 Comments

  1. Is not necessary go to the Develop module, press the V key is ok in Bibliothéque module.
    Sorry is not english. i am french.
    Alain

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  2. Actually, you can use the V keyboard shortcut directly within the library grid view – saves the hop to the develop module :)

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  3. Very cool … Thanks Matt! In the past, I always made a virtual copy and then did the B&W conversion. This gives one less step … Nice!

    Dennis

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  4. Even quicker, press the V key in the Library module.

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  5. Hi Matt. thanks for the tip. Actually I’ve been using it since Lightrrom 2. It also works with the Library module.

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  6. This proves what Mrs Dibbly has been (lovingly) telling me for years: I’m an idiot. :)

    Seriously, though, this is a great time. Nice way to end the work week. Thanks!

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  7. matt-just happen to look if htere is a book out like scott kelby’s ws yrs ago in pe 4—yei got lightroom installed in my is3 but missed my class to some unfortunatly circumstances-can u help

    marianne h atlanta ga

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  8. just tried this with LR5 and it didnt work! did adobe discontinue this shortcut? i know it worked in LR4.

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