Black and white photography made easy: tips for pro-quality results from start to finish

    | B&W | Photography Tips | 05/11/2012 02:00am
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    Black and white conversion in Photoshop Elements

    Although the preset options are designed for specific subjects, such as portraits and landscapes, it’s often worth trying them on any type of image before you start adjusting the colour sliders, 
as they will give a good starting point for your conversion.

    Portraite Preset in Photoshop Elements

    Portrait
    This preset converts the image so that the reds are slightly darker than greens or blues.

     

    Scenic Landscape Preset in Photoshop Elements

    Scenic Landscape
    With this preset the conversion sliders are set so the blues are dark and reds are lighter.

     

    Custom Setting Preset in Photoshop Elements

    Custom settings
    While the preset values give a good starting point for your conversions, you can also drag the individual sliders to fine-tune the results for your subject.

    For our flower shot, we wanted to darken the petals a bit, so we dragged the Red slider left until the majority of the petals were a mid-grey or darker.

    The rest of the image was too dark though, so we dragged the Green slider up until the overall image contained a full range of tones, from black to white.

    PAGE 1: How to compose for black and white photography
    PAGE 2: Good subjects for black and white photography
    PAGE 3: Try using in-camera filters for your black and white photography
    PAGE 4: Shooting images you can easily convert to black and white
    PAGE 5: Black and white conversion in Photoshop Elements
    PAGE 6: Black and white conversion in Photoshop CS
    PAGE 7: Master Photoshop Levels and Curves
    PAGE 8: Using the Levels sliders
    PAGE 9: Master the Dodge and Burn tools
    PAGE 10: Toning techniques for black and white photography

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    Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 2:00 am under B&W, Photography Tips.

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