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Old 09-08-2012, 11:21 AM
lavietabou lavietabou is offline
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How do I achieve this Black and White look?

i saw this image on Pintrest, not sure who the photographer who took this is. Can anyone help me achieve this look?

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Old 09-08-2012, 05:04 PM
Abicus Abicus is offline
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Re: How do I achieve this Black and White look?

To do this I would convert to black and white, lightly sharpen, then add in my own highlights and shadows by painting black and white on a low opacity on an empty layer set to softlight, its a good idea to blur the layer slightly as well.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:16 PM
Brandon McCann Brandon McCann is offline
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Re: How do I achieve this Black and White look?

I would use the Black and White adjustment layer and dodge and burn to my liking.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:16 AM
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Re: How do I achieve this Black and White look?

Two quick methods to do this really fast.

Desaturate then:

1. Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer. Increase the contrast. On black and white images this works surprisingly well.

2. Unsharp mask at a radius of 250 (yes really) and low amount, normally less than 5. Not many people know this one, but it works wonders.

Either of these will get you within about 90% of where you want to be.

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