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Color to B&W conversion??
Old 06-13-2004, 09:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I read somewhere on GG about converting color to b&w. It has something to do with the greens or blues? I also remember talking to a few members about it at the Texas 2, but as always trying to remember w/o notes does not help. Can someone please help me out...links, instructions, anything....

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Re: Color to B&W conversion??
Old 06-14-2004, 08:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There are many different ways to do it. The simplest, although it isn't the best, is just to switch to "Grayscale" mode. The second simplest, and one of the best, is to reduce saturation to zero in the "Hue/Saturation" controls.

You can also go to Channel Mixer in Image/Adjust (in PS, other programs have similar features) and check the "monochrome" box. The advantage of doing it in Channel Mixer is that you can simultaneously adjust the channel inputs to turn color into contrast. For instance, you could switch to monochrome, up the red to 170% and decrease the green and blue to -60%. This gives you a nice contrasty B&W image. You can play with these parameters to get the look you're after.

One tip for monochrome conversion is to reduce color saturation before you start - say about 40 or 50%. Really saturated colors can become pixellated when manipulated in monochrome mode.

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Re: Color to B&W conversion??
Old 06-14-2004, 09:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Fortunately for me, I have 2 duplicate N80 bodies, so I can load one with something like Fuji NPS 160 or Velvia, and load the other with Ilford HP5. Then its just a matter of switching camer...huh? OH! You mean digitally, as in Photoshop or something! I see... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

Other more digitally expert will answer that for you, but as someone who shoot 80% b+w, remember that b+w isn't merely an absence of color. In many ways, an effective b+w image is more difficult to create than color. With b+w, the relation of shadows to highlights, contrast, brightness, even form and composition, are much more vital.
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Take a look at Convert To B&W Pro v2.0 from The Imaging Factory. Talk about a digital darkroom! It has presets for several colored filters, a few common film curves, adjustable paper contrast, and sepia or blue tinting, plus you can tweak them all to your taste. It's robust, yet fast and easy to use. I love it.

This image started out in color. I duplicated the layer, selected the flower, and deleted everything else in the new layer then used Convert to B&W pro on the original layer, choosing a yellow filter and Ilford Delta response curve.

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Re: Color to B&W conversion??
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GO TO THE BOTTOM OF GG MAIN PAGE and type in Russel brown photoshop and find his site and look under more tips... He has a great conversion method...
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Re: Color to B&W conversion??
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Two months ago, I put many of the options available to task and concluded that, for me personally, the Convert to B&W Pro tool from the Imaging Factory is the best tool for the job.

There are , however, two promising tools I have NOT tried but which look interesting or promising.

1) powerRetouche - This program\plug-in has a Black And White Studio tool that will even add grain if I remember correctly.

2) Fred Miranda's Black and White tool. - Not sure off hand of the name of this one but check out Fred's site at www.fredmiranda.com .

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BING! use the Fred Miranda B&W Pro
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It's about $30 and plugs into Photoshop. I have a few shots done with it on my OMP site:
http://www.onemodelplace.com/photogr...cfm?P_ID=55629
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Fred Miranda B&W Pro is awesome
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look under software

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