Discover how to make great black and white images using Digital Photo Professional.

Canon DPP software processes RAW and JPG images from your EOS camera, but most photographers only create monochrome results from images shot in RAW. I’ll show you how to create better results with extra control of how each colour tone is represented in the finished result and even better this works for RAW and JPG images.

Converting RAW or JPG images to monochrome

Select the colour adjustment panel under the histogram and click the monochrome button to zero the saturation of each of the eight defined tones. Doing this converts your colour image to monochrome, but additionally you now have control of the lightness of each of those eight tones. This gives extra power to processing your monochrome images. Adjusting the master saturation also has an effect on the image.

Converting RAW images using Picture Style

For RAW images you can simply choose another Picture Style and monochrome is one of the available choices for all cameras.

Once you have chosen monochrome picture style there is a choice of filter effects and toning effects to apply. The filter effects simulate using a coloured filter on the lens at the capture stage, and the toning effects add toning similar to what was possible with chemistry in darkrooms. Filter effects include red, orange, yellow, blue and green filters. Toning effects include sepia, blue, purple and green. In general models will not thank you for using the green filter and green toning effects


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Full-time photo tutor and photographer. I love to share my knowledge and skills to make photos, videos and teach others. I write books and articles for photo magazines and I always have at least one Speedlite flash in my camera bag