Adjusting the brightness of colours with a B/W Adjustment layer

In this video we adjust the brightness of the colours using a Black and White Adjustment layer. This is a great way to adjust the colours and add impact to our images

Some of the tools used in Photoshop include 

  • Adjustment layers
  • Masking
  • Levels



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8 replies
    • davro
      davro says:

      Hi Stuart you’re right it is a great way to control the colours and you can be a little more creative with the lighting effect as well 🙂

  1. 7Wishes
    7Wishes says:

    It is a super way to edit colour photographs, I’ve used a very similar method for a while now using either Nik Silver Efex, or on1 Perfect B&W via a smart object, on1 has the layer blend modes built in to the plugin so you can see changes in colour, contrast, luminosity and such like on the fly, where as Nik Silver Efex you need to jump back and forth between the smart object which is not ideal, but I’ve found Silver Efex to give better results on the whole.

    • davro
      davro says:

      I have used a black and white layer as well Ed but found it to be a little fiddly having to go back and fore. This method is easier with great results and works on most images, however there is another way – more to follow 🙂

  2. Ken Stratdcored
    Ken Stratdcored says:

    Hello David,

    I enjoyed your latest tutorial, I am, hopefully, going to try and learn something from it. I’ll let you know how I get on. Thanks. I hope that you are sort of settled in to your new abode. Elinor and myself send you all best wishes for a happy transition into your new house. A lot of work.

    Best wishes,


    • davro
      davro says:

      Good to hear you enjoyed the video Ken and please let me know how you get on with this technique.
      Settling well thanks, still lots to do though 🙂

    • davro
      davro says:

      Thanks Lazlo, I first used this method years ago but you tend to forget how good it is at lifting some images.


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