Video tutorial: Control tonality with Photoshop's Black & White filter

With the Luminosity blending mode, a Black & White adjustment layer becomes a simple way to independently control the brightness and contrast of image elements according to their respective colour content.

This turns it into a tone equaliser of sorts, enabling you to control how the tones are distributed and balanced in an image. It’s a great way to create the slightly surreal looks often used in glossy adverts and on CD covers. You can create a bright foreground with a dark sky and use this method to increase the tonality of skin.

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