Working with the Color Monochrome Controls

The Color Monochrome adjustment controls are useful when you want to perform a basic conversion from color to black and white while simultaneously applying a color tint to the image’s midtones.

Figure. Image before and after a Color Monochrome adjustment.
To convert a color image to black and white with a color tint
  1. Select an image.

  2. If the Color Monochrome controls are not shown in the Adjustments inspector or the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD, choose Color Monochrome from the Adjustments pop-up menu.

    Figure. Controls in the Color Monochrome area of the Adjustments inspector.
  3. Click the Color well and then choose a new tint color from the Colors window, or click the disclosure button (to the right of the color well) and choose a new tint color from the pop-up color palette.

    The selected color appears in the Color well and tints the midtones in the image.

  4. By default, the color intensity is set to the maximum value of 1.0. Adjust the intensity of the color tint by doing one of the following:

    • Drag the Intensity slider to the left to decrease the intensity of the color in the image’s midtones, or drag the slider back to the right to increase the intensity.

    • Click the left or right arrow in the Intensity value slider to modify the intensity by 5 percent increments, or drag in the value field.

      The left arrow decreases the intensity, and the right arrow increases it.

    • Double-click the number in the Intensity value slider, then enter a value from 0.0 to 1.0 and press Return.

The image is converted to black and white, with the selected color tint applied to the midtones.

You can also brush the Color Monochrome adjustment on selected parts of an image. For more information, see Making Brushed Adjustments.