My exported photos are all converting to color from black and white after exporting them. Why?

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My exported photos are all converting to color from black and white after exporting them. Why?

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LEGEND ,
Dec 24, 2021 Dec 24, 2021

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In your Export settings, what did you use for File Settings > Image Format?

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Dec 24, 2021 Dec 24, 2021

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LEGEND ,
Dec 24, 2021 Dec 24, 2021

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In Library, select the problem original photo and do Metadata > Save Metadata To File, which will save its develop settings to the .xmp sidecar. Then upload the original raw and its .xmp sidecar to Dropbox, Google Drive, or similar and post the sharing link here. That will be the most efficient way of narrowing down where the problem is, rather than play twenty questions.

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Enthusiast ,
Dec 24, 2021 Dec 24, 2021

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"My exported photos are all converting to color from black and white after exporting them. Why?"

 

  • Are you saying that your exported JPG's display as colour or that the metadata shows they are colour images?
  • Do you have any export plugins or presets that could be affecting the export?
  • I assume that in LrC DEVELOP, the TREATMENT is showing as BLACK&WHITE or did you just desaturate the colour.

I just tried this on one of my B&W TREATMENTS and it exported B&W but with an sRGB colour space.

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Dec 24, 2021 Dec 24, 2021

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The pics were shot in Black and white. Jpg format. When I export them with a watermark they convert to color???

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LEGEND ,
Dec 24, 2021 Dec 24, 2021

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"The pics were shot in Black and white. Jpg format."

 

Select one, do Metadata > Save Metadata To File, then upload that .jpg original to Dropbox, Google Drive, or similar and post the sharing link here.

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Enthusiast ,
Dec 24, 2021 Dec 24, 2021

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"The pics were shot in Black and white. Jpg format" As @GoldingD asks, make sure you are not shooting in RAW as well as JPG. RAW is coloured regardless of the camera settings which produce the JPG. The camera settings for B&W would be for the JPG.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 24, 2021 Dec 24, 2021

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Are the original photos in camera RAW or JPEG?

 

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Dec 25, 2021 Dec 25, 2021

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Lightroom cannot convert a B&W jpg to color. The only explanation I can think of is that you did not shoot in jpg, but in raw. You then imported these images with 'Embedded & sidecar' previews. That means that Lightroom is showing you the images using the camera-generated previews, and if your camera was set to B&W those previews will be B&W. When you export the images however, Lightroom will render a new jpg image from the raw data, and the default develop settings will be a color image.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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