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Old 12-08-2011, 08:37 PM
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Re: Make a Black and White more interesting

I found 'Sepia Toning' under the actions tab but what do I do with it?
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:50 PM
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Re: Make a Black and White more interesting

John, where do I find the Photo filter?
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:26 PM
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Re: Make a Black and White more interesting

Hi AtlanaAnna

For running the Sepia Action, it will create a new Layer that is a merged image of all visible Layers, desaturated, and then sepia toned.
- Click on a Layer in the Layers panel, The merged layer I believe will be placed above that Layer
- Highlight the Action as shown below
- Click on the Right Arrow at the bottom of the Actions panel

The Action should take a few second to run and leave you with a new Layer toned sepia. This provides a result very similar to the Photo Filter yet with the preserve Luminosity turned on. Here is the image that shows the different panels:

Screen-shot-2011-12-08-at-8.21.jpg

The Photo Filter is a little misleading name. It is actually an Adjustment Layer. Here is an image that shows how to add that Adjustment Layer into your Layer Stack:

Screen shot 2011-12-08 at 8.12.54 PM.png

Hope that helps.

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Old 12-08-2011, 09:37 PM
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Re: Make a Black and White more interesting

Photo Filter isn't in my menu under New Adjustment Layer.. Nothing seems to happen when I click on Sepia Toning. Some concepts with Photoshop seem so abstract that it's really hard for me to get some of this by description only. I wish I had someone present actually showing me this stuff. I think it's hard to have to figure it out on my own.....
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:49 PM
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Re: Make a Black and White more interesting

Hi AtlanaAnna

What version of Photoshop are you using? Photoshop Elements? And if yes, then what version of Photoshop Elements. That might explain some differences.

I am using Photoshop CS5.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:26 PM
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Re: Make a Black and White more interesting

I saw a typo in one of my previous posts that may have been confusing (I fixed it).

For the Actions, after selecting the Sepia action (highlight it) then you click on the right "arrow" at the bottom of the Action panel:

Screen-shot-2011-12-08-at-9.17SFW.jpg

In addition, Photoshop can have at the bottom at each menu one line that says "Show All Menu Items." Click on that and the rest of the options should show up.

Again, I am assuming that you are using some version of Photoshop CSX
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Old 12-26-2011, 07:37 PM
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Re: Make a Black and White more interesting

Here is a nice B&W enhanced picture made with Nik Color Effex Pro.
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:15 AM
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Re: Make a Black and White more interesting

A farm family from the 40's.
Don't loose the car, as it was one of my points of interest.

This photo says many things on many different levels.
It is very historical!
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:52 AM
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Re: Make a Black and White more interesting

Personally I use "Gradient Map" instead of "Photo Filter" as it lets me pick different colours/tints for e.g. shadows and highlights (my last image is just to illustrate this). A bit more complex, but gives more possibilities.

To only affect Color set blending mode to Color. You can add a Curves/Levels layer below it and make the white point a light gray if you want to keep the internal brightness distribution (any better way of saying this?) in the image as intact as possible yet not have pure whites (you can also do the same for blacks). :=)

The colours are just limited by our imagination here, so what colour tint would quality photos made in the 40s have when they were new? A silvery/blueish tint? Brown/sephia? I think this would make a nice target to aim for...
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Re: Make a Black and White more interesting

I like this idea.
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