BW Artisan Pro


BW Artisan Pro v1.3.0 Update

Artisan Pro v1.3 has been updated with 16 bits luminosity masks, and use of the same 16 bits masks in all presets that use masks, except for the split toning features as the difference is not visible. More importantly, the Micro Zone local adjustments feature has been extended with 56 new presets for 4 new micro zones to cover the entire range from Zone 0 to 10, so that each zone has its own preset. On top of that all zones have been revised and are now using very accurate custom-built asymmetrical masks in the background instead of the conventional linear masks resulting in even more subtlety in local adjustments and unmatched accuracy. The sampling requires a bit more precision from the user but will be rewarded with the accuracy of an adjustment.

Artisan Pro v1.3 is now using 16 bits luminosity masks instead of 8 bits masks. Even though the difference between 8 bits and 16 bits luminosity masks is only visible when applied with extreme settings in extreme situations and the advantages of using 16 bits luminosity masks compared to 8 bits masks is largely mitigated when loading channel masks as a selection (a selection is always 8 bits inside Photoshop), we believe it’s always better to give the discerning user more bit depth.


The previous version of Artisan Pro worked with conventional linear luminosity masks in the background whenever a zone was activated. This method in combination with the method of linear darkening/ lightening on a local level using form free rough selections and the method of counter-gradients to correct the bleeding over the edges of a selected area to create smooth and subtle blending into adjacent areas, was already superior to any other local adjustment method.
With the introduction of 16 bits custom-built asymmetrical masks in Artisan Pro v1.3 instead of linear masks, for all micro zones, the accuracy has increased dramatically, ensuring that other adjacent tonal zones will not or only be minimally affected.


Previously, the section for global adjustments was called Basic adjustments. For the sake of clarity we’ve changed the name into Global Adjustments as it reflects the purpose of this section better: it is meant only to adjust light/shadow/contrasts on a global level. Nothing else has changed in this section.
The idea is still to start with a B&W conversion, then navigate to Global Adjustments to globally correct the contrast for example, and then go to Advanced Adjustments to locally adjust areas in a photo, regardless the original tonal values in an area, or go to Micro Zone adjustments to also locally adjust areas in a photo, but only for a selected range of tonal values, like Dark Shadows or Mid-Lights. The visible difference between Advanced Adjustments and Micro Zone Adjustments is that in Micro Zones the contrast will be affected locally (increase or decrease)


B&W Artisan Pro - For Photoshop CC 2015.5 and higher

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Completely redesigned B&W panel and a new name for PS CC2015.5 + higher

The older B&W Fine art Adjustments panel has been completely redesigned and therefore also has a new name that does justice to what the new panel can do: B&W Artisan Pro. It is more than a name change and an upgrade: it does B&W adjustments in an entirely different and more accurate and intuitive way than before. And of course, this panel does not consist of shortcuts to existing features but, except for the easy access buttons, all presets represent a customized and very personal and advanced way of B&W editing integrated into a preset

Demo videos

B&W Artisan Pro overview
B&W Artisan Pro Instruction Video #7 (from 8)
B&W Artisan Pro Instruction Video #8 (from 8)

Our 2 main objectives for this new panel: faster, more sophisticated but easier and less technical with a focus on being creative

1.Make the process of B&W editing more advanced and accurate and at the same time more focused on expressing creativity in a fast, direct and intuitive way. The main idea is to roughly indicate the area you want to adjust with a lasso tool or any other quick selection tool and then adjust with a click of a button without needing to worry how to technically do that in a correct way, or to worry if transitions to adjacent areas look strange or artificial.
2.Another main objective was that any advanced and technically correct and non-destructive B&W editing should be possible without any PS knowledge or B&W experience and without more than just basic explanation of how the panel works. The Quick Reference Guide should suffice. It is meant for advanced professional users and also for beginners.

Most important changes compared to the previous B&W panel: New primary ‘smart adjustment’ features for B&W adjustments based on innovative B&W techniques.

1. Advanced Smart Linear Adjustment: roughly indicate with the lasso tool the target area you want to adjust in the photo and click a darken/lighten preset and the change will be applied in a smart and linear way while avoiding any abrupt differences with the adjacent areas. If you already have a pre-created mask, you can use these too with this new feature.
2. Micro Zone Adjustment: this does the same as Advanced Smart Linear adjustment but now with luminosity masks that are working behind the scenes (no knowledge of luminosity masks is needed) and makes even more accurate tonal and contrast adjustments.

Older Adjustments feature has become a secondary feature in this panel: Basic Adjustments.

The go-to Adjustment section in the older panel has now become a secondary feature called Basic Adjustments and is now only meant to do a final tonal correction. The idea was to remove this section completely but we think it still serves a purpose as a final or global correction feature.

Overview All Features and changes

New innovative feature: Advanced Smart Linear Adjustments

Apply a smart linear advanced adjustment by either using quick, approximate selections with the lasso tool or with pre-created masks and click one of the presets.

New innovative feature: Micro Zone Adjustments

Apply a smart linear micro zone adjustment and then alternate between micro zone adjustments and advanced adjustments if necessary and depending on what you want.

Updated feature: Toning - 12 new advanced split tone presets have been added to total 22

This is obviously optional but if you use it, use it at the very end of your workflow and certainly don’t use this as a starting point or in the middle of your workflow.

Updated featue: 10 B&W Conversions: 2 New Fine Art Presets have been added

Convert the color image by applying one of the presets. Neutral is recommended. If you already have a B&W image, like a scanned B&W negative or a digital achromatic file, then skip this step.

Updated feature: 16 new Half Luminosity masks have been added to total 35 different luminosity masks

Besides the normal luminosity masks with 'full values' this new panel now also has all half luminosity masks in between for even more control.

New feature: Quick Installer for Windows and MacOS

The panel now comes with a .pkg or .exe quick installer for Mac and Windows respectively

Basic Adjustments

This was the main tonal adjustment feature in the old panel, now just a final tweaking feature. Correct contrasts or tonality by using one of these presets. The presets in this section are considered to be final tweaking, and it’s recommended to use this minimally as they’re less sophisticated than the other adjustments.

Instantly accessible basic keys

Quick access buttons to most commonly used tools: Load Selection, Deselect Selection, Delete All Channels, Delete Channel, Delete Layer, Duplicate Layer.

Software requirements and compatibility

This panel is built for Photoshop CC2015.5, 2017 and 2018. The panel won't work on other Photoshop versions.

What’s included:

- The B&W Artisan Pro panel
- Free technical updates (functional upgrades may be charged depending on the new features).
- Installer
- Quick Reference Guide + Addendum B&W Conversion and Split toning presets overview with examples + Addendum B&W Basic Adjustments
- An instructional video to complement the Quick Reference Guide will be made available on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 and can be downloaded by clicking on the Manuals button in the panel

Product overview

B&W Artisan Pro is the successor of the older B&W Fine Art Quick Adjustments panel, with an entirely new design that takes the best of the old panel and combines it with a new and innovative approach towards digital B&W editing that is aimed at making B&W editing less technical and more intuitive and artistic. At the same time the name has changed for a more suitable name.

Its goal is to effectively translate your personal artistic vision to a B&W image, with just a minimum of Photoshop knowledge and experience. No more steep learning curves and years of practice are needed to create sophisticated B&W images for which normally advanced knowledge of technically correct B&W processing techniques and knowledge of Photoshop were needed.

B&W Artisan Pro is a panel that uses Photoshop as a ‘host’ to introduce new features, through easy to use presets, that aren’t readily available in Photoshop. Each preset triggers a specific sequence of combined advanced PS features and also ‘hidden’ PS features, that sometimes consists of more than hundred different steps, in a way that reflects Joel Tjintjelaar’s signature style, craftsmanship and knowledge to render a non-destructive result.

This new panel doesn’t use the basic PS tools like dodging and burning, curves, levels or Photoshop’s built-in B&W conversion and adjustment features to adjust grey tones and alter contrasts, but a new and advanced way of linear adjustments that directly affects the luminance value of a tone, with a high degree of control imposed by the presets. The linear adjustments are accurate, predictable and proportionate. And they do that, either within the entire canvas or within an area, roughly or, if the artists desires to do so, precisely, indicated by the artist. Depending on what the artist wants.

The use of luminosity masks play an important role in how the new panel operates, but the user doesn’t need to know how to create luminosity masks, how to correctly use them and how to correctly evaluate them. The latter is something even many advanced Photoshop users don’t do, and usually skip that part, while in my approach, the correct evaluation of luminosity masks plays the most important part. The presets create, evaluate and apply the luminosity masks automatically behind the scenes when its triggered.

Advanced Smart Linear Adjustments

Advanced smart linear adjustments are ideal to darken or lighten larger areas in your photo without needing to worry that it will not blend and match with the adjacent areas in your photo - it always has a smooth and ‘smart’ transition due to the method of darkening or lightening applied.

In the image below is an example of how Advanced Smart Linear Adjustments works. 1 is the base image. I then made a very rough selection of the Flatiron building and darkened it with the Darken++ button (2). I also darkened the building to the right of the Flatiron using the Darken+++ button (3). Again, A very rough selection was used. Finally, I darkened the foreground (4), using the Darken+++ button. Within seconds I made non destructive adjustments.

Micro Zone Adjustments

Micro zone adjustments are also Advanced Smart Linear Adjustments but are more refined and bleed out less in adjacent (not-targeted) areas than Advanced Adjustments but they have to be activated first. So it’s recommended to first do the Advanced adjustments for the draft version. Then refine it with Micro Zone adjustments and then go back and forth between those two features.

In the example below I wanted to lighten the area in the sky behind the glass pyramid at the louvre without affecting the rest. After sampling the area (click the "i" icon in the panel) I noted that the part I wanted to lighten has an average luminance value of around 160, which corresponds with zone 6-7.

Now that I know what zones to work with, I select the corresponding zone from the dropwdown menu and click Activate. Then I make a rough selection of the area I want to lighten using the Lasso Tool and click on of the lighten buttons to lighten that area.

10 B&W Conversion Presets

The B&W Conversion section is the starting point for your B&W workflow. Choose a neutral conversion or try out the other conversion presets to get some inspiration. Recommended is to go with a neutral conversion and then adjust with the Advanced and Micro Zone Adjustments. Of course you can use the other presets as a starting point too.

In the image below are 3 conversions shown.

22 Toning Presets

There is a total of 22 toning presets: an addition of 12 new toning presets compared to the previous panel.Toning an image is always the last step in the B&W process. That has always been like this in the analog darkroom and I would strongly recommend it too for the digital darkroom. I would encourage using one of the split toning presets I’ve created in this panel as they can add a bit more of emotion or symbolism to your B&W image. I would especially encourage this since the split tones generated by this panel are far more sophisticated and subtle than the split tones that you’d usually find in other software. The split tones in this panel are generated through a method I’ve developed that will ‘split’ out the 3 major zones (shadows, mid-tones and highlights) through several luminosity masks with which I can precisely control the amount of color and its ‘visual weight’ in the targeted tonal area in the photo. The differences are subtle but the final print will benefit from it.

The image below shows 3 of the 12 new toning presets.