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Old 10-25-2010, 10:05 AM
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Hello,

I tried to do color to BW conversion in photoshop CS5, but didn't get expected results. So, I am thinking of going back to some reads on BW photography and/or conversions in photoshop.

These videos on youtube etc are not working for me either.

Please suggest any good reads if possible.

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Old 10-25-2010, 02:09 PM
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Ajinkya,

You might be interested to look at this link

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Old 10-30-2010, 10:35 AM
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Hello,

I tried to do color to BW conversion in photoshop CS5, but didn't get expected results. So, I am thinking of going back to some reads on BW photography and/or conversions in photoshop.

These videos on youtube etc are not working for me either.

Please suggest any good reads if possible.

Regards
Ajinkya
You have several ways but never thru desaturating the image or you'll get a very flat image and I think this is what you want to avoid.

- either you get some plug-ins availabe which inclusivelly simulate some of the old films (on-oneor photo wiz are both quite good)
- either you go thru yourself and you have several possbilities:

. one of them is thru channel mixer, then you'll have to play with each of the channels to get a brighter/darker image, more or less contrast and a more flat or agressive B&W, this will be then a matter of your personal taste.
After this i advise you to try to go thru "curves" to make it more contrasty another option are "levels" where you can control the higlights, medium ad dark lights.

Finally you can also try some dodge/burn to get brighter/darker areas.

Hope this can help you .
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:51 AM
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Hi,

Thanks for reply. Regarding Plugins..can you give some more details ? Which plug in is better ? Which one does what ? Which is most widely used ?

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Ajinkya
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:21 PM
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Thumbs up Photo shop for b&w conversion

For converting the pictures in B&W, go to image/settings/B&W: you have 6 layers with sliders and see directly the effect of a modification on your image.
Then you can lighten/darken or use the tool curve to enhance the contrast.


Don't do image/setting/desaturation!
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These videos on youtube etc are not working for me either.
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:20 AM
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Hello Ajinkya,

sorry for my late reply but I just saw your reply, check the plugins on the address i send bellow you'll have an idea:

www.ononesoftware.com
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Another late reply
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:00 PM
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Hello everyone,

I went out and took some pictures in monochrome setting but once I opened the RAW files in photoshop the pictures became colour! Anyone had this happen to them before? I don't understand it....in terms of picture quality it is better anyway to always shoot in colour and convert to black and white in software instead of shooting black and white?
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:52 PM
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The editing software like PhotoShop and lightroom see the raw image which irrespective of your camera setting takes in everything needed for a colour shot
So when displayed it shows it as shot :-)
Best just leave in colour mode and convert in post
If you just de saturate te image will lack proper contrast so Make sure you add it back in

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