Most important changes compared to the previous B&W panel: New primary ‘smart adjustment’ features for B&W adjustments based on innovative B&W techniques.
1. Advanced Smart Linear Adjustment: roughly indicate with the lasso tool the target area you want to adjust in the photo and click a darken/lighten preset and the change will be applied in a smart and linear way while avoiding any abrupt differences with the adjacent areas. If you already have a pre-created mask, you can use these too with this new feature.
2. Micro Zone Adjustment: this does the same as Advanced Smart Linear adjustment but now with luminosity masks that are working behind the scenes (no knowledge of luminosity masks is needed) and makes even more accurate tonal and contrast adjustments.
Former Adjustments feature has become a secondary feature in this panel: Basic Adjustments.
The go-to Adjustment section in the older panel has now become a secondary feature called Basic Adjustments and is now only meant to do a final tonal correction. The idea was to remove this section completely but we think it still serves a purpose as a final or global correction feature.
B&W Artisan Pro is the successor of the older B&W Fine Art Quick Adjustments panel, with an entirely new design that takes the best of the old panel and combines it with a new and innovative approach towards digital B&W editing that is aimed at making B&W editing less technical and more intuitive and artistic. At the same time the name has changed for a more suitable name. Its goal is to effectively translate your personal artistic vision to a B&W image, with just a minimum of Photoshop knowledge and experience. No more steep learning curves and years of practice are needed to create sophisticated B&W images for which normally advanced knowledge of technically correct B&W processing techniques and knowledge of Photoshop were needed.
B&W Artisan Pro is a panel that uses Photoshop as a ‘host’ to introduce new features, through easy to use presets, 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 style, craftsmanship and knowledge to render a non-destructive result.
This new panel doesn’t use the basic PS tools like dodging and burning, curves, levels or Photoshop’s built-in B&W conversion and adjustment features to adjust grey tones and alter contrasts, but a new and advanced way of linear adjustments that directly affects the luminance value of a tone, with a high degree of control imposed by the presets. The linear adjustments are accurate, predictable and proportionate. And they do that, either within the entire canvas or within an area, roughly or, if the artists desires to do so, precisely, indicated by the artist. Depending on what the artist wants.
The use of luminosity masks play an important role in how the new panel operates, but the user doesn’t need to know how to create luminosity masks, how to correctly use them and how to correctly evaluate them. The latter is something even many advanced Photoshop users don’t do, and usually skip that part, while in my approach, the correct evaluation of luminosity masks plays the most important part. The presets create, evaluate and apply the luminosity masks automatically behind the scenes when its triggered.