2 main objectives for this new panel: faster, more sophisticated but easier and less technical with a focus on being creative
Making the process of B&W editing more advanced and accurate and yet, more focused on expressing creativity in a fast, direct and intuitive way, also for beginners in Photoshop.
1.The problem in any photo editing is how to make very precise local adjustments in a fast and intuitive way without needing the technical knowledge to do this correctly or spending too much time on it. This panel solves that problem: just roughly indicate the area you want to adjust with any selection tool and then adjust with a click of a button. The panel ensures the local adjustment blends in smoothly and precisely with(in) the adjacent areas.
2.Another main objective was that advanced and technically correct B&W editing should be possible with very limited PS knowledge or B&W experience. It is meant for advanced professional users and also for beginners.
Primary ‘smart adjustment’ features for precise and subtle local B&W adjustments based on innovative B&W techniques.
1. Advanced Local Adjustment: very precise and yet subtle local adjustments by carefree and form-free indicating with the lasso tool the target area you want to adjust in the photo and click a 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 are limited to a specific range of tonal values only, by using luminosity masks, working behind the scenes (no knowledge of luminosity masks is needed) for even more accurate and seamless tonal and contrast adjustments.
Basic Adjustments feature for advanced global 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 preliminary or final global correction.
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.