At ADP Pro we have a passion for monochrome images, and have poured all of our experience with editing monochrome images into Mono FX a powerful addition to ADP Pro v3. This tutorial will run through the details of the functionality in the Mono FX panel and a short video introduction to show you the main features of the panel.

Video Introduction to Mono FX

The Mono FX Panel

The Mono FX panel is a powerful and unique approach to creating stunning monochrome images.

Filters

In the top section of the panel you will find 11 modern and creative filters to kick off your monochrome image.

Toning

We have included 19 different tones you can apply to your images.

Tools & Viewing

Here you will find some basic adjustment and viewing tools, the real power is in the layers created, waiting for your adjustments.

Apply MonoFX Filter

You have three options on how you want to use your new monochrome image.

MonoFX Filters

Built into the panel are 11 unique monochrome filters, each providing a unique adjustment to the image settings.

You can preview each of the different filters and their effect on your images simply by selecting each of the filters. Note that if you have made adjustments in the adjustment layers they will be removed if you select a different filter.

Reset Structure

The structure layers are based on the original image, if you want the structure layers to be based on a specific filter or with any adjustments you’ve made, use the Reset Structure button to refresh the structure layers.

Note: while you are working in Mono FX do not: add any layers, remove any layers or delete any layer masks during filter selection or modification. You are free to disable layer masks, adjust opacity of layers or turn them off. Layers can be added at any time if you exit Mono FX and Keep Your Layers.

Adjustment Layers

There are 9 adjustment layers created to apply adjustments to your monochrome image.

MonoFx Colour Toning
The toning section of the panel will utilise this layer to apply your desired toning to the image. You can also click on the adjustment to choose your own toning.

MonoFx B&W Conversion
This is the only layer that is locked and no adjustments should be made on this layer.

MonoFx Levels Adjustment
Make tonal adjustments with this layer, and use the layer mask to paint in or out any adjustments.

MonoFx Curves Adjustment
Make tonal adjustments with this layer, and use the layer mask to paint in or out any adjustments.

Mono Fx Brightness and Contrast
Adjust the brightness and contrast in the image with this layer, and use the layer mask to paint in or out any adjustments.

Mono Fx Colour Adjustment
Use the colour sliders to adjust the way colours are represented in your image and use the layer mask to paint in or out the effect of the colour adjustments.

MonoFx Remove Structure
Use a paint brush to remove structure in areas of your image, a great tool to soften clouds or water.

MonoFx Add Structure
Use a paint brush to add structure in areas of your image, a great tool to enhance texture and detail.

MonoFx Base Adjustment
This layer is used to apply some of the effect to the image based on the filter you have chosen. You can reduce the effect by lowering the opacity of the layer or paint on the mask to remove some of the effect on your image.

Toning

There are 18 built in colour tones that can be applied to the image, and the original black & white tone. Pressing any of these will apply them to your image.

You can also use the MonoFx Colour Toning layer to apply your own toning to the image.

Tools & Viewing

Some basic tools have been provided in this section of the panel.

Brushes: A white and black brush to paint on the adjustment layer masks.

Fill: Fill an adjustment layer mask with white or black.

Invert: Invert the white and black in a layer mask.

Viewing: Zoom in or out, full screen or to 100%.

Step Back and Forward: Undo or Redo any adjustments that you make.

Apply Mono FX Filter

Once you are completed the adjustments on your Mono FX creation, you have three options on how you’d like to use it.

Keep Layers & Close
With this option, you will retain all of the layers used in the creation of the black and white image. A good option if you’d like to have the ability to return to the adjustments. This option will also close Mono FX.

Create as Image Layer & Close
This option will create an image layer based on the current monochrome image and remove all of the layers, closing out of Mono FX.

Create Image Layer & Continue
This option will create an image layer based on the current monochrome image and remain in the MonoFX panel so that you can create another version of your monochrome image. A great option if you want to create multiple versions or want to create multiple images for blending.