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Old 05-07-2011, 01:12 PM
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B&W image conversions

Hi everyone. I am looking for some tips/links/tutorials on how to do RGB image to B&W conversion. I don't just want to press B&W conversion in photoshop I rather look for some more advanced techniques. Thank for your help
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:36 PM
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Re: B&W image conversions

There are more than a dozen ways to go from RGB to B&W, but you are correct that most of them are single command executions. For more accuracy, control, and creativity, try a B&W Adjustment layer in PS or use a HDR software with a Tone Mapping module.
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:16 PM
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Re: B&W image conversions

I have tried to convert to grayscale and then do mode>duotone .Quiet new to this. But would like to hear if anyone practice this way. RGB>grayscale and then gives a play around in duotone mode or others.
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:36 PM
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Re: B&W image conversions

Here's a pretty good article on it.
http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/201...n-black-white/
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Old 05-08-2011, 03:15 AM
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Re: B&W image conversions

@neb. I like to use tritone to enhance B/W - normally black and 2 greys. You have to fiddle with the curves to get the right proportion of each and every image is different so trial and error is necessary to get it right. Many years ago, when designing brochures for Ilford, the B/W photo company, I had the priviledge of having original photographs of Bresson, Lartigue, Adams etc in my care. The quality of those B/W prints proved to me that photography was an art. In order to reproduce those images in a catalogue we printed them as duotones (black and very light grey). It really helped capture the tonal feel of the originals. IMO, those masters achieved tones in their B/W prints which most of us can only dream about.
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Old 05-08-2011, 03:58 PM
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Re: B&W image conversions

repairmen I can only sit now and dream about that opportunity you had.
Talking about curves when using lets say tritones or quadtones it seems to me curves works different from normal ones. Maybe it is just me but cant find how to disable the black dot on the curve I nearly got crossed but realise later have to learn that too.

Anyway did you learned it from a particular site or forum? Thank you.
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:09 PM
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Re: B&W image conversions

thehjj thank you.My bookmarks are getting fatThough it is basic technique in my opinion I know I will come back your link again and again.
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:30 PM
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Re: B&W image conversions

I agree with Murray, B & W layer, or an HDR program are the most powerful to deal with B and W, they both have a lot of alternatives to adjust to your like.... On the other hand Silver Effects Pro is also a good plug in for this kind of works.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:21 PM
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Re: B&W image conversions

Here’s a good one too:
http://photoshopnews.com/2009/03/19/...te-conversion/
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:58 PM
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Re: B&W image conversions

Hey Andrew: That's a pretty cool video, thanx for posting the link...
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