B&W conversion

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  1. fightheheathens

    fightheheathens TPF Noob!

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    well, if you saw in the beginners place, i was asking questions about where to find info on how to start to use photoshop. i've gathered some stuff from here and other places on the web. I only have photoshop elements, maybe one day i'll get CS2

    anywho, i'd like some info on converting to black and white.
    this is my first attempt.
    i did as follows,
    i used benjikins method for sharpening
    i applied a 100% red filter to the original and made a greyscale duplicate layer
    then i did a levels layer and a brightness and contrast layer. i then burned parts of the tree trunk and dodged the clouds
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    and the origional
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    these pictures are OK to EDIT.
    Im mostly just looking on ways to convert to B&W
     
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    looks perfect to me. i even like the B&W better than the color =)
     
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    Hard to tell at this resolution, but it looks like you lost a bit of shadow detail.
     
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    fightheheathens TPF Noob!

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    yep, deffinatly lost shaddow detail. I shot this on Slide film (velvia) and exposed for the tree and sky so i dont think i could save the shaddows. I havent figured out if i can dodge and burn in photoshop elements.

    any more ideas on methods of converting to B&W?
     
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    Convert to LAB. Throw out the A and B channels. Adjust using levels and curves. Convert back to Greyscale.

    Love & Bass
     
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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I do think the B+W conversion is a great improvement on this shot.
     
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    I sent you what I think is a better than b&w use of this image. Sometimes you should try something different before you slip things into a cubby hole even if they still wind up in one.
     

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