The 18 Modes of B/W Styler are seperated in four sections: Photography Mode, 10 simple photography modes, 5 simple effect modes as well as a quick and expert mode. Photography Mode contains the effects of all 10 simple photography modes, but they can be used to edit each of the effects more detailed. The four special effect modes are similar to the simple modes, but not related to Photography Mode. They let you add more general photo effects. The B/W Quick Mode on the other hand offers a lot of sliders for quickly adjusting the B/W conversion. Finally, the Expert Mode offers the effects of all other modes.
The most basic mode is Photography mode. It only consists of preset options that can't be adjusted further. So it is always a good idea to start in this mode if you want to quickly try out most of the effects that B/W Styler offers. Often you may want to fit the effect to the image, which can be done by switching to one of the ten simple photography modes with the "More..." link. In these modes you can use various sliders for adjusting the effect to your needs. If you need even more control, you can step further to Expert Mode with the "Expert Mode ->" link. In Expert Mode you have all the features that are available in B/W Styler and can produce effects that are not possible in the other modes. Of course, you can switch back from Expert Mode to the simple modes if you wish.
Another good starting point for advanced users is the B/W Quick Mode. It lets you fine-tune the B/W conversion with a lot of options. If you want to add additional effects or need more control you can switch to Expert Mode or other modes.
All modes in B/W Styler are connected with each other. So your settings are retained when you switch to another mode, so you can fine-tune your image even further. There are only a few exceptions to this rule. For example choosing an effect in one of the five simple effect modes or in Expert Mode can alter an effect that was chosen in Photography mode or the simple photography modes. But this is seldom a problem, because the old effect is then replaced with a variation of it.
For detailed workflow tips see the Step By Step Guide page.
The Asterisk Sign Behind the Mode Names
Sometimes you will see an asterisk sign behind one of the 15 simple modes in the Mode combo box. This indicates that the appropriate mode is in use and its effects are applied. So if you switch to one of the simple modes, click on one of the preset icons or change one of the slider values, then the * sign will show up behind the mode name. This feature helps you to quickly identify the simple modes that you already used.
If you press the Reset button in a simple mode, the asterisk vanishes, because the effect has been deactivated. If you hold down the Shift key and press the Reset button, all active modes will be deactivated.
As all modes of B/W Styler are connected, so if you activate certain effects in Photography Mode, B/W Quick Mode and Expert Mode, a * sign may also appear behind the name of a simple mode. Clicking on the Reset button in the three mentioned modes deactivates all effects, which also removes all asterisks from the mode names.
Photography mode consists only of presets that are sorted into ten combo boxes. For more explanations, please read the Photography Mode page.
Simple Photography Modes
Each effect of the Photograph Mode can be edited in more detail after pressing the More... label. One of the ten simple photography modes will be then displayed. Each of them offers a range of preset icons, which are identical to the combo box items of Photography mode. Additionally there are several sliders for adjusting the effect on the current image. For more information see the following pages: B/W Films Mode, Film Grain Mode, B/W Filters Mode, ND Filters Mode, Diffusion Filters Mode, Development Mode, Lab Effects Mode, Paper Grade Mode, Color Tone Mode, Frames Mode.
Simple Effect Modes
The simple effect modes are similar to the simple photography modes, but are not related to Photography Mode. They are for adding special effects to your B/W image. For more information see the following pages: Split B/W Mode, Selective B/W Mode, Split Color Mode, Vignette Blur Mode, Dark Mist Mode.
B/W Quick & Expert Mode
B/W Quick Mode offers sliders for B/W Conversion as well as selective and general adjustments. For more information see the B/W Quick Mode page.
On the other hand Expert Mode offers the effects of all other modes and lets you create the most sophisticated B/W effects. For more information see the Expert Mode page.