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Color Correction Look Book: Creative Grading Techniques for Film and Video by Alexis Van Hurkman

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Chapter 18. Monochrome Looks

Color television! Bah, I won’t believe it until I see it in black and white.

—Samuel Goldwyn (1879–1974)

While nearly all video you’re likely to work with is shot in full color (a notable exception being the RED monochrome camera), it might be necessary for you to strip out a clip’s color to create a monochrome or grayscale effect for a more filmic, artistic, or fashion-oriented look.

Simple Desaturation

You can create a monochrome image quickly and simply by dropping the Saturation parameter to 0, leaving you with an image comprised of the luma channel only. After desaturating the image, you can adjust the contrast of the resulting monochrome image using curves and Lift/Gamma/Gain controls to create a variety of ...

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