B&W Artisan Pro


[…] It is quite possibly the best £25.00 I have ever spent on my photography […] Jim Graham

[…] I’m blown away with how easy it is to use […] – Jasper Shadloo

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black and white artisan pro panel software for photoshop


Quick Overview


Intuitive B&W Editing Panel v1.3.1

An intuitive B&W editing panel, developed by award-winning photographer and educator Joel Tjintjelaar.


Advanced B&W Processing Without technical knowledge

No need to acquire technical knowledge and years of practice in PS. This panel unlocks Joel’s advanced B&W techniques with the single click of a button, sometimes triggering over 100 steps in PS. The artist retains full artistic control as the presets don’t have an ‘artistic effect’, but only cover the technical part of adjustments.


Powerful Local Adjustment features

24 presets – Precise and fast local adjustments are enabled by quick, free-form selections with a lasso tool, and then clicking darken/lighten for subtle and seamless adjustments


Advanced Micro Zone Local Adjustments

154 presets – For advanced local adjustments, the Micro-Zone adjustments only affect the tones in the range you’ve selected within the target area using 16 bits advanced asymmetrical masks.


Mask Optimization Feature

Version 1.2 and up features an automatic mask optimization feature that will reduce fringing and halos substantially


10 B&W conversion presets

10 B&W conversion presets, from neutral to advanced fine-art presets that trigger over 200 signature steps in PS


22 Toning Buttons

22 single and split-tones based on Joel’s advanced toning method for unmatched subtlety


35 Luminosity Masks + 11 zone masks

 16 bits luminosity masks

Product Overview


B&W Artisan Pro is a Photoshop panel that enables you to easily craft masterful B&W photographs faster and more intuitively, with just a minimum of Photoshop knowledge and experience. No steep learning curves and years of practice are needed to create striking B&W images for which normally advanced knowledge of B&W processing techniques and Photoshop was needed. Artisan Pro is not a ‘filter/effects’ panel that comes at the expense of creativity, but it is an editing panel that liberates, rather than restricts, creativity.


1. One major obstacle in the creation of beautiful and sophisticated B&W photographs was that this was only possible with advanced PS knowledge or B&W processing experience. Making this a technical process that took away from the artistic process. By ‘hiding’ the advanced technical steps under a preset in this panel, now also beginners in Photoshop can create technically advanced B&W photographs, while the artist still retains full artistic control over the image. Which is unlike ‘full presets’ or filters, that have an artistic effect.

2. Another problem in any type of photo editing is to make very precise local adjustments that blend in seamlessly with the rest of the image. This is often a time-consuming and technical process that takes away from the intuitive artistic process. This panel solves that problem by enabling the artist to quickly indicate the area that needs to be adjusted, carefree with a freeform selection, and then darken/lighten subtly with the click of a button. The panel ensures the local adjustment blends in smoothly and precisely with(in) the adjacent areas.


1. Advanced Local Adjustments: enable accurate and subtle local adjustments by carefree and form-free indicating with the lasso tool the target area to be adjusted and then clicking the darken/lighten preset. The change will be applied in a smart and seamless way while avoiding any abrupt transitions with adjacent areas. If you already have a pre-created mask, you can use these too with this new feature.
2. Micro-Zone Local Adjustment: the same as Advanced Smart Linear adjustment but now the local adjustments affect only a selected range of tonal values only, within the target area, by using advanced 16 bits customized asymmetrical masks that work behind the scenes (no knowledge of luminosity masks is needed) for even more accurate and seamless tonal and contrast adjustments.


B&W Artisan Pro consists of presets that trigger features, that aren’t readily available in Photoshop. Each preset triggers a specific sequence of combined advanced PS features and also ‘hidden’ PS features, that sometimes consists of more than hundred different steps, in a way that reflects Joel Tjintjelaar’s signature B&W processing style and techniques to render a non-destructive result.


  • PS CC 2015.5 and higher
  • Mac and Windows compatible
  • Make sure that your computer can run the latest Photoshop version. See also Adobe’s website for specifics.

What’s Included

  • The B&W Artisan Pro Panel v1.3.
  • Free technical updates.
  • Easy installer.
  • Quick Start Manual.
  • Quick Reference Guide.
  • Addendum with an overview of the B&W Conversions and Split Toning presets.
  • Instructional videos. Some of these videos can be viewed on my Youtube channel. The complete series is for customers only.


Product Images and Videos

All images processed with B&W Artisan Pro including split-toning



I spent some time looking at the upgraded panels and watching and readings tutorials. I have been using the quick selection for quite some time but just the basic mask selection. I didn’t really manage to fully master the refine part. I would like starting using the artisan more frequently, especially the adjustments, in view of faster and more accurate post-processing. All I can say is: brilliant! Congratulations, you made an amazing job which goes well beyond of being a photographer. I would like to suggest something. Probably this is just me getting older and dumber but I think that what would support even more these fantastic products is a single thorough comprehensive spoken tutorial for each of them, focusing especially on what I think are the most valuable parts, meaning advanced/microzones adjustments in the artisan and refine in the quick mask, showing what is doing what on the image, the differences, and maybe keeping the behind the scene theories in a separate document. While you have a number of resources for the artisan, I find the non-spoken videos for the quick mask too fast for my aging brain. There are several resources for the artisan in the dropbox but maybe they could be consolidated. Again, this is just me, I am sure other people can pick it up much faster than me, but I think that these are brilliant software, venturing in areas where nobody, without having the resources of Adobe, has ventured since Ansel Adams. I think they are revolutionary.

Giulio Zanni


I have used the Artisan Pro panel extensively now, and not just for FineArt images, but to enhance and improve all sorts of B&W photographs. To 1) quickly and accurately bring out very subtle details in precise areas of shadows, 2) to pull down highlights that my printer cannot find enough info to fill the print area with ink (greater than 210/255 in my case) and 3) create a hugely improved final result, particularly when trying to produce a balanced set of b&w tones across 3 shots to be presented as a group, is a godsend. Without this panel I don’t think my patience would have been robust enough to attempt this in Photoshop and/or Lightroom alone. This is an indispensable tool for me now. Highly recommended. My thanks to Joel and his team

Mike Rook

Photographer - Isle of Wight, UK

Joel your new panel is amazing, I just did some quick edits with it. The way to select subtle parts in an image and play with light and shadows is brilliant. I was on my way to get more and more used to your ISGM2 method, but with your new panel, processing is much easier. I must admit that for ‘big’ corrections on the sky I used a gradient, but that’s more due to the fact I have to get familiar with the new panel. In other words get the right effect with the lasso tool. As I am used now to look first to the correct luminosity mask(s) and apply a gradient.


I just processed a photo, you and your team did a very well job.  It’s unbelievable how subtle transitions between the different tonings can be created. And so easy, it’s a very powerful tool Joel. Thank you for sharing and making this panel available to the world.

Marco Maljaars


Hi Joel, that panel is excellent. I still have a lot to play with to understand. The 8 videos are very helpful. It makes your work easier and you can let your imagination run free. I find the Tonal-Option very successful. Very good work the new panel BW Artisan Pro.

Michael O.A. Klapper

Photographer - Germany

This simple email to tell you all the good I think of B&W Artisan Pro. This is really the product I’ve been waiting for. Very intuitive. Thanks Joel for offering us such applications. I wonder what else you could do to help us enhance our images…???
Pierre Zeler


[…] From there the file is taken into Photoshop, I do not use Lightroom at any stage during my edit. In Photoshop I run the Nik ‘Define’ Plugin to eliminate any small areas of noise which may be present. I then convert to monochrome. To do this I use Joel Tjintjeelar’s B&W Artisan Pro Panel, using the standard neutral setting. That panel also affords me a host of other excellent editing options. It is quite possibly the best £25.00 I have ever spent on my photography.[…]

Quote from an interview with Jim Graham in LEmagazine.

Jim Graham


Joel – Just wanted to let you know I’ve been using the new panel a lot for landscape work and it’s fantastic. You really came up with something outstanding. I have so much more control than I did before in a very easy and intuitive way. It lets me experiment with different directions so quickly and easily and the panel is totally seamless in terms of its effects on the image. There are no harsh edges, it blends in very naturally. Congratulations!
Rodrigo Etcheto

Fine-art photographer / writer / philosopher - USA

I downloaded the panel yesterday, what an amazing piece of work! its still incredible! I like the new toning presets a lot, but especialy the new sections, which allows a very fast post processing and most of the time without creating accurate masks, what is always horrible. I really like the panel!! could you make a short tutorial where we can see some more steps than in the actual videos? I ask for a specific reason, I’ve edited an image which I’ve already edidet with ISGM technique, the result with Artisan was still great and in a very short time. But I would like to see, how you combine the new functions with your isgm technique, because I like those reflecting metall look, which comes from the reflecting gradient, a lot. here is a part from an image where you see the difference […]  I tried it in the way how you have described, and it works fine and especially fast. For example creating a vignette is still amazing with the smart linear adjustments (based on an accurate sky selection), no need for iSGM what takes some time also for a vignette. Here is the result, I’ve made all with smart linear or the micro zones, only the bright reflecting of the “grid” from the building was done with iSGM. but looking forward for a complete workflow tutorial.

Lukas Zitz


I purchased the new panel and am impressed with its ease of use and results. Great job!

Alfredo Mora


Hello Joel

The B&W Artisan Pro panel is a great tool that saves a lot of time. The update that offers the possibility to keep the selection is really a plus. One can dream that the panel can allow to integrate certain shades of grey predefined as for example silver grey, metallic grey etc in a click in a selection but it is certainly easier to imagine than to program
in data processing. In any case the B&W Artisan Pro is now my tool of construction, creation as well for the black and white as for the color . Well done master Tjintjelaar

Philippe Lagabbe

Photographer, France

For those who use a RAW processing to Photoshop workflow, the creation and use of luminosity masks has expanded our ability to create targeted adjustments. But, where most panels just give you the methods to make the masks, Joel’s Artisan B+W Panel is a completely intuitive workflow tool that gives you the control to not only perform B+W conversions, make global adjustments, contrast adjustments, and even tone images, but also through micro-zone adjustments to selectively target tones using real-time values, and effectively build tonal changes using 16 bit masks. That panel and tool alone is worth its weight in gold. You can identify a set of tonal values, activate the values, use the Lasso Tool to draw on your image where you want to make changes, and through targeted masks lighten or darken those areas. It is simply brilliant and has allowed me to make my adjustments quickly and effectively reducing the amount of time I need to spend on images. This panel has become an indispensable part of my workflow.

Robert H. Clark

Photographer / Educator

Just purchased the @joeltjintjelaar Artisan Panel for black and white images. I’m blown away with how easy it is to use.

Jasper, as stated on Instagram

Jasper Shadloo


Yesterday I tried the BW Artisan Pro panel, and it showed to be excellent. I experimented with different types of photos, architectural and portraits, also scanned 4×5 inch BW negatives (file sizes up to 400MP), and it worked fast, accurate and very subtle. The panel itself is clear, uncluttered and intuitive. I would like to encourage every genuine BW photographer to try this BW Artisan Pro panel. Bravo, Joel

Henk Bijl

Oncologist and Fine art photographer

Dear Joel,
I procured recently your panel,  ‘B&W Artisan Pro’. Indeed the title covers the subject. This panel makes it truly easy to focus on the development of your creativity instead of on the technical aspects. That makes a huge difference with other panels. The choice of the right technical aspects is facilitated and therefore made easy by the ‘simple’ interface (panel). Therefore there is less distraction on the technicalities and but more  on the creativity.
The panel is only a part of the product you are offering. The manuals and videos guides you  through the panel and that is a huge advantage and makes the difference with other panels. The language used in the manuals is simple with a lot of easy understandable graphics. The videos are of a high quality. Full screen shots of Photoshop, the picture and the panel. Luckily no focus on the teacher, which often distracts your attention from where it is all about. The use of the software. Your explanations in the videos are underlining the most important aspects on how to use the panel. You are using an easy understandable English. Not many technical terms. That is important for the many non native English speakers, which is a big part of your audience. May be I am too enthousiastic. That might be true, but it brought my pictures to a higher level. A big thanks and both thumbs up.
Deem Vermeulen


I’m a nature photographer and I’ve had the B&W Artisan Pro for a week now. It’s incredible. The blending it does from my selections is amazing. It brought detail back to my dark shadows that I’ve had a really tough time with previously. Well done and thank you for this.

Justin Mulder

Photographer - Canada

Joel, thanks for publishing this plug-in. There’s a certain elegance to the approach you’ve used – enabling beautiful subtle adjustments!

Scott J. Loftesness



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