How to process photos to B&W in Photoshop?

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  1. WomanInLove

    WomanInLove TPF Noob!

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    Hi
    I have seen here some AMAZING black and white photos. What do you do personally to process a photo to great B&W quality in photoshop?
    I realize that just clicking black and white or desaturation wont do the trick.
    What are your tips?
    Thanks
     
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    Not all photos are photoshopped to B&W.
    Some you've seen may have been film.
    Those that are digitally B&W, could have been taken B&W on-camera, but either way. You want to take the photo at a good exposure, so when you do convert it to B&W, it won't be too flat or over-contrasted.
    It is ideal to achieve all tonalities: blacks, whites, and grays.
    Don't over-do saturation, you'll hinder details.
    A lot of perfect b&w in photoshop is curve work.
     
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    Here are a couple of good reads:

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1600592104/ref=oss_product]Amazon.com: Advanced Digital Black & White Photography (A Lark Photography Book) (9781600592102): John Beardsworth: Books[/ame]


    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1598633759/ref=oss_product]Amazon.com: Mastering Digital Black and White: A Photographer's Guide to High Quality Black-and-White Imaging and Printing (Digital Process and Print) (9781598633757): Amadou Diallo: Books[/ame]

    You are correct that just hitting 'desaturate' doesn't cut it. Under 'adjustments', there is a B/W choice with color sliders that I like to use.
     
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    +1 ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑

    In addition to making a B&W adjustment layer, people use the Curves and Levels adjustment layers as well as dodging and burning.

    Some favor using Channels or plug-ins from software makers like Nik Software.
     

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