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Old 03-14-2005, 03:08 PM
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Bringing out the Black and White

For those who've helped me in the past...I promise, no branch questions

I have a bunch of black and white photographs from 1961, which I've
attached one.

Pretty much everything I read in Photoshop deals in color (or b&w -> color).

Can somebody detail the steps on taking a b&w photo and rescuing it,
bringing it back to life.

Thanks
Doug
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Old 03-14-2005, 03:55 PM
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This is my first attempt at helping someone. I would duplicate the image and then open a channel Mixer adjustment layer. At the bottom of the Channel Mixer window check the Monochrome box. Now just play with the different sliders (Red, Green, Blue) adjusting them to suit your picture. Remember that the total value of the sliders should equal 100 % (I just know they should equal 100%, but I don't know exactly why). I hope this helps. I am sure there are many other ways of getting better Black & White pictures.

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Old 03-14-2005, 04:01 PM
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jclguru,

I'm not sure what your looking for but here's a little something.

1) converted to gray scale.
2) created an adjustment layer for levels, held the alt key and slid the left slider towards the middle until the first pixels began to appear.
3) Created another adjustment layer, this one for curves. I set my white point and black point using the eyedroppers, then adjusted the middle of my curve a little.
4) Applied unsharp mask.

Hope that helps.
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Old 03-14-2005, 04:46 PM
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Thanks so far. That is what I'm looking for. Something to get me started
to get the picture to pop out a little more. I'm so use to looking at
color, its kind of hard to explain what I'm looking for in b&w (if that makes
sense).

Doug
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Old 03-14-2005, 05:48 PM
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Hi Doug,

Like cardmnal I've used levels and curves layers to expand the range and increase contrast.

Levels is a straight forward adjustment to maximise tonal range, Curves is a simple S curve to increase contrast.
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Old 03-14-2005, 10:48 PM
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To give myself some nice tonal adjustment options, I do the following:

Duplicate the background layer.
Add Channel Mixer adjustment layer set to Monochrome. Click OK.
Add Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Click Ok.
Drag Hue/Sat layer below Channel Mixer layer.
Playing with the Hue/Sat adjusters can make nice changes to the tonality.

Also, when images look a little flat, try a Z Curve instead of an S.

Cheers
Dave
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Old 03-15-2005, 01:00 AM
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black/white gradient map, Grain Surgery to remove noise and sharpen
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Old 03-15-2005, 01:22 AM
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Dave, you forgot your image, so we can see the result of your adjustments.
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Old 03-15-2005, 09:24 AM
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Hi Gary

Actually, I didn't forget. Just wanted to share the technique because it has some neat and variable tonal adjustment capabilities. So it's more to the user's tastes rather than mine. Changes usually aren't dramatic as applying Curves to increase contrast so I usually use this technique in conjunction with other ideas. I've poste a couple of samples that show different tonality in the roof and trees plus included one with a Z Curve that increases contrast but maintains some detail in the shadows.

Cheers
Dave
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Old 03-15-2005, 10:21 AM
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Nice ones Dave, interesting technique, and certainly one I'll play with. Sorry for any misunderstanding. With such a detailed explanation I just felt sure there'd be a picture, so thought you must have missed it out accidentally.
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