Black & White Conversion in PS - Best Way?

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  1. bethany138

    bethany138 TPF Noob!

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    I have used both the desaturate method and the lab color method.

    What do you think is the best way to convert color to B&W?
    And which will print nicer?
     
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    'Daniel' TPF Noob!

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    I desaturate then work with curves, sometimes I curve so it looks good then desaturate and then do extra work with contrast etc. However it could just be my mind but I think that it's best to take the photos in black and white originally if possible in digital.
     
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    The channel mixer, hands down.
     
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    I'm a plug-in junkie :eyebrows: Digital Film Tools or NIK

    But for converting without them, channel mixer!!! I still do all the normal adjustments I would do to a color photo before I convert. Then there's always some little tweeking to do after the conversion.
     
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    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    Alsways shoot color raw

    Then put it in photoshop and
    1) Use Channel mixer
    or

    2) Go to Image -> Adjustments -> Photofilter and then select the one you like
     
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    There is no 'best way'. Some are happy with desaturation, some with Channel Mixer and yet others are comfy with the Gradient Map. A bunch of others with the plugins. You have to figure out your comfort zone.

    I)
    - I shoot in RAW, and Desaturate the image in the Adobe RAW Developer
    - Then I play with the Contrast and Brightness in the RAW Developer itself

    In PS, before I save as .tiff, I might play with Shadow/Highlights, Curves and/or Brightness & Contrast (if needed) and the USM.

    II)
    If the image is .jpeg, I use the Channel Mixer
    - Monochrome/60-40-0
    - Play with Shadow/Highlights, Curves and/or Brightness & Contrast (if needed) and the USM.
     
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    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    Agreed. I think there is indeed a best way, and that is it. Gives you the most control over the final look.
     
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    I don't know how to do channel mixer. :blushing:

    Explanation?? :mrgreen:
     
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    Meysha still being picky Vicky

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    For the Channel Mixer:

    Click, Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Channel Mixer

    Then tick the 'monochrome' box. Change levels to suit your photo.
    Hit OK.
    Done! :mrgreen:
     
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    1 thing to note is, you want the percentages to equal 100%, however you do it. Like 60% Red, 40% Blue, or 80 red, 10 green, 10 blue, for instance.

    Another thing you can do then is, after you've set up the channel mixer how you want it, duplicate it, set the new layers blend mode to soft light, and then adjust the opacity as desired for more contrast.
     
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    Good tips!

    I tried the channel mixer but it didn't seem to work right...so this time I will use 100%.

    Good Stuff... :hug::


    Anybody else got a favorite b&w conversion????
    Maybe a specific action (please share if you do)!? :mrgreen:
     
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    Are there any more techniques anyone would like to share with us??

    :hug::
     

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