Level: Intermediate

While there are many methods to convert colored images to monochrome, the initial result is hardly satisfying. Much like traditional black and white film images, the images usually require some darkroom magic to bring out the best in those images, the same can be said with digital images.

The most common art to master is to learn how to dodge and burn your monochrome images to create stunning contrast and tonality. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom both allow you to perform dodge and burn enhancement but Photoshop offers more control and customization.

If there’s a digital image that deserves some time for post-processing, it will be monochrome images. Digital image files allow you to have infinitely-variable fine-tuning with instant image feedback, which is a far more flexible way to create monochrome magic compared to a chemical darkroom.

For this tutorial, we’ll be using Curves Adjustment Layers for dodge and burn adjustments. As I’ve mentioned previously, there are many ways to do this, but for this tutorial, we’ll be using two curve adjustment layers, which offers a lot of flexibility for adjustments.