Attempt at BW Convert

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  1. Meysha

    Meysha still being picky Vicky

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    So I read some different ways to convert from colour to B&W.
    I tried to do one of them by adding a levels layer (I can't remember now) and changing it to monochrome and then changing the levels of the colours to tweak it. Well that didn't work because the quality of this pic is too crappy. So I just tried the greyscale convert after a little tweaking.

    I found it really boring in B&W so I added the vignetting and I think it sorta looks classic now. What do you think? I would've prefered a slightly different angle on the road, maybe a bit more on the right. Criticism??

    Here's the original (taken through a windscreen!! Cropped in PS)
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    B&W
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    Feel free to edit these and post if you like.
     
  2. Kent Frost

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    Was this just converted to grayscale in PS? If so, you should try the channel mixer, described in THIS thread. ;-) I have a feeling it'll give you more pleasing and less boring results with your sky.
     
  3. Meysha

    Meysha still being picky Vicky

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    I tried that method and it turned out really weird. There was no detail and it was all blocky and horrible... basically like a crappy JPG. btw thanks for the link, I couldn't find it again.
     
  4. Kent Frost

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    May I have a shot at the full res image? :) I'll be glad to post the settings I use.
     
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    i was board so i gave it a try
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    what i did:
    channel mixer layer
    red +128
    green +112
    blue -60
    constant -32
    monochrome checked
    i then copied the original layer and added a gaussian blur of 4.5 then used eraser tool to erase all of the blured layer but the blue part of the sky
     
  7. jadin

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    The key to B&W conversion is the contrast. The more the better, it's fairly hard to add "too much" contrast in b&w.

    Another thing you can do is sharpen your image with unsharp mask, many times b&w is sharper than it's color counterparts. But this is minor compared to the contrast.

    contrast
    Contrast!
    CONTRAST!
     
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    i think i got carried away..but it was fun :)
     
  10. Meysha

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    Thanks everyone, You've given me a lot of ideas now.
    I really like the sky in the version by Mistakendavis but I don't like how the water has now turned into a black lava flow. he he. I prefer the look of the water done by Picksure.
    and will, i love the old-fashioned look.

    Thanks again.
     
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    just thought i would have a go, but just add a better sky to it, hope you do'nt mind..[​IMG]
     
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    Thanks Meysha, I have read a few different ways to convert, and I say try a couple different ways on a photo. I find what works for one shot, may not work as well on another.

    Also, using the laso(sp) tool, I played with the contrast of the raodway separately, and it seemed to enhance the whole photo.
     

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