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kennymc
Date Posted: Jun/15/2011 2:03 AM
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Personal view...
The way you convert a coloured image into B&W has a great impact on how the image turns out.

Blatant plug...
My tutorial

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Being brought up in the wet dark room and shooting and processing B&W film, gave me an insight as how to convert images in digital. It taught me how reds and greens appear almost the same shade of grey when taken in B&W. The use of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Blue filters at the taking stage helped to increase the colour difference in the grey tones. Likewise, the way you handle the colours in a Hue&Saturation layer during conversion can have the same affect. Please note from the attached image how all the subtle details and tones have been preserved in the conversion, just by adjusting how each colour is represented in a Hue&Saturation layer...

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Steve
Date Posted: Jun/15/2011 3:36 AM
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Now that is a plug I can support.

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Camera Happy
Date Posted: Jun/23/2011 9:57 AM
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VERY NICE... Love the tones and detail in the BW - well done...

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Camera Happy
Date Posted: Jun/23/2011 10:00 AM
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Is that INK on that one guys head (to the left)!?!?!?! WOW... That is a BRAVE man...LOL

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kennymc
Date Posted: Jun/23/2011 2:03 PM
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No CH, it's a baseball cap on backwards so the peak doesn't get in the way when shooting...

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swanseamale47
Date Posted: Jun/25/2011 5:54 AM
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Another method if you use Adobe camera raw or lightroom is to take all the saturation sliders to zero (the seperate colour ones on the HSL palette not the global one) now ajust the luminance on each colour seperatly, this givs very precise control over the tones.
In the newer versions of photoshop you can edit tiff and jpeg in camera raw.

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Victor
Date Posted: Jun/26/2011 8:42 AM
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If you have CS5, I don't know about CS4, and use the BW adjustment layer there are sliders for each color that can be adjusted to get the effects Kenny is talking about.

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crankypants
Date Posted: Jun/30/2011 4:23 AM
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Thanks for the sound advise Kenny.

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