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Old 10-07-2005, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Working on converting from color to B/W. Any thoughts on how this came out? Any suggestions for easy conversion in P/S?


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Re: Converting to B/W
Old 10-07-2005, 11:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That depends on what style you're going for. This looks like a good, medium contrast, grayscale image.

Are you looking to mimic a specific style?

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Old 10-07-2005, 12:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Fred Miranda has a good filter action addon for Photoshop. Not very expensive.
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Old 10-07-2005, 12:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I use NIK B/W filter that is part of their Efex package. It does a good job and allows quite a bit of control. When going for special effects, I use channels and then different blend modes to get the effect I want. Here is an example of an aged b/w



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Re: Converting to B/W
Old 10-07-2005, 12:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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For example. the images below are the original color and the resulting b&w.

I used calculations to take the red and greean channel and multiply them @ 60% to make a greyscale channel, converted to grayscale, then back to RGB, went into selective color, added some black in
the black areas, removed it from the whites, and added in some cyan to give a bluish/silvery look. Then I added a low level of noise.

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Old 10-07-2005, 01:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Shadow,

I have an action created by Greg Gorman, works great. I don't know how to get it to you other than email. I will email it to anyone interested. I am quite the neophyte at GG, I just started my portfolio yesterday. I don't have a clue as to how to put one in the post.

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Old 10-07-2005, 03:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I like using Calculations and Curves in PS to create B&W images. Calculations is a neat feature and you get nice control of the output.

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Right now I just picked up Fred Mirandas plugin, and going to try working with that. Will also tinker with calculations along the way.

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