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Old 06-08-2008, 05:50 PM
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greg gorman BW conversion

A year ago, I was trying to crack Greg Gorman's BW conversion:

http://www.gormanphotography.com/bw_conversion.pdf

I saw a recent interview with him in a magazine a while ago and it reminds me of my old unresolved problem.....

I know what he is trying to do up to step 22 and got massively lost on step 24, 25 and 26.

I don't understand what he is trying to do with the black and white points, and splitting. Also I have no clue why he is using high pass filter.

Can some experts here explain the black and white points thingy here?

Anyone can enlighten me on the step 24, 25 and 26 would be cool. I am using CS2 and CS3...I don't know if the workflow is outdated or for older Photoshop 7 etc...
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Old 06-08-2008, 07:21 PM
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Re: greg gorman BW conversion

singlo,
Part of the reason you may be haveing trouble is because in steps 25 and 26 the author neglects to say that you have to hold down the alt or opt key while you click and drag on the little triangle to split it.
The screen shot is from just after step 26.
In order to bring up that Layer Style box go over to your layers pallet and double click the top layer in the stack.

BTW the other thing not stated in the directions is if steps 25 and 26 are to be done to this layer or the underlying layer, I guessed the top layer.

Hope that helps.

Oh and the high pass set to overlay really just increases contrast.
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Old 06-09-2008, 04:19 PM
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Re: greg gorman BW conversion

thanks very much, I got it working. I have done the splitting on the top layer. Yeah it is not clear.

The only thing I am unsure is step 20...I just merge the new empty layer with the solid color fill layer in multiply mode.

But I still don't understand the concept behind the splitting process and black and white points.

If you drag the black and white triangles towards the center, you bascially clip some shadows and highlights right?
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Old 06-09-2008, 04:31 PM
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Re: greg gorman BW conversion

Also what differences between his splitting process and the adjustment of duotone curves in CS (normal process used by most people)?
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:10 PM
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Re: greg gorman BW conversion

first I don't see his as a duotone because he uses one color, unless you count black and white as a color. He may feel he has a little more control but I don't see it. When you make a duotone with cs you have control over the curves for each color.
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