View Full Version : Good B&W results

02-05-2007, 07:54 PM
If you use Adobe Photoshop try this out for converting your photos into B&W.

(1) make 3 duplicate layers of the photo and (2) convert each layer to monochrome with Channel Mixer with the top layer 100% R, the middle layer 100 G, and the bottom layer 100% B (all other proportions set to 0). Then inspect the monochromes to see how they differ and which you like best for different parts of the image. The second step is to tune the balance using the opacity slider (and masking if Elements 5 lets you do this). For example, you might consider that the R layer is perfect for the foreground in the image, think that the B channel monochrome brings out detail in the sky missing from the former, and the G layer adds nothing to that particular image. So you would rearrange the layers with the R layer below the B layer and the G layer at the bottom of the pile. Set the opacity of R layer to 100% and reduce that of the B layer to the level that brings out the sky detail best. I'm not sure if Elements 5 has masks, but if it does you can mask out portions of the B layer (e.g., all but the sky) so as not alter the foreground in the R layer.


02-05-2007, 08:19 PM
very F***ing cool Ryan.... great shot, the car needs to be cloned out though..was he racing the train?

02-05-2007, 08:29 PM
Thanks. The car actually slowed way down when they saw us taking the picture so the wouldn't ruin the picture. Which is much appreciated.