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Preferred way to convert to black and white?
Old 02-25-2007, 03:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Curious how you guys convert your digital color photos to black and white using PS. I always heard using the channel mixer and converting the image to monochrome was the way to go but I can't seem to quite tweak the images the way I want.
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Curious how you guys convert your digital color photos to black and white using PS. I always heard using the channel mixer and converting the image to monochrome was the way to go but I can't seem to quite tweak the images the way I want.
Well, it depends upon the effect you want... each has their different "look". Here's three ways to do it, easily, in Photoshop

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Re: Preferred way to convert to black and white?
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ahhh...greyscale is very close to what I am looking for. Thank you!
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This http://www.kennymc.com/bwconvert.htm is how I do it...
Hope it helps...
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Re: Preferred way to convert to black and white?
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I use the tool here: http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...Conversion.htm
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Great links. Thank you!
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Re: Preferred way to convert to black and white?
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My preferred way is as follows. image>mode>Lab Color. in the channels panel delete the "b" then the "Alpha 2" chanel. Image>Mode>grayscale. Then Image>Mode>RGB Color. Converting back to RGB allows you to keep editing the photo. If the photo is exposed correctly, this will give you a contrasty, almost BW film look.
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I convert to LAB mode and go from there.

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Remember that you can still use brightness/contrast after using a lot of the other techniques if you still didn't get quite what you wanted. It doesn't matter which route you take, as long as you get where you want to go. Arkie.
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