Lightroom Classic: Lightroom: Select Black and White photos only

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Please Create a way to select photos that have been treated with "Black and White" Or allow presets to apply tags so when you create a black and white preset it is tagged so you can select all your black and white images. I need this because sometimes I want to apply a synced adjustment to only my black and whites, or sometimes I only want to export my black and whites.
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Rick Spaulding, Champion

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Hi Blaine,

Which version of Lightroom are you using? If you use Classic this can be accomplished by using a Metadata search and choosing "Treatment". Then simply click "Black and White" and presto!

Like this:

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Thanks! Super Helpful!!
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Marsha Levine

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Interestingly 'Treatment' only sees images changed from colour to black & white. It seems not to see black & white film images. I use keywords to identify b&w film images and to record what types of film were used.
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Hi Marsha,

If your film images were scanned in as color files they will show up as "color" images under Treatment in the Basic panel. Changing them to "Black & White" will enable Lightroom to sort them properly by treatment. Does that help?

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Interestingly 'Treatment' only sees images changed from colour to black & white. It seems not to see black & white film images. I use keywords to identify b&w film images and to record what types of film were used.
If  keywords have already been applied to the B&W image files you can use the Library Filter Text> Keywords to find them.

If keywords have NOT been applied AND the B&W film scans were saved as 'Grayscale' mode files you can use a Smart Collection to find them.  This will find ALL Grayscale image files in your LR catalog and not just film images.

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Thanks very much for your reply. I did guess that that was the situation. That being said, I hadn't noticed that there was a Treatment option in the metadata search, so I had been using keywords for both film and digital images. I don't want to change my B&W film images to grayscale. I like to keep my options open.
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Yeah, I just found out about the Treatment option while researching this question. Always something to learn!