Portrait B&W conversion

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  1. eyeye

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    I was wondering if anyone could help me with B&W conversion that is best for portraits? I use CS3 and I really just need a shove in the right direction. I have tried actions and gradient maps. So far I have not really come up with a method that has made me happy. Any help is very appreciated :heart:
     
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    I used to use the channel mixer, but the latest versions of CS and LR have some pretty sweet grayscale filtering. If I want to make lips jump out I go heavy on the green channel. If I want to hide freckles or blemishes heavy on the red channel.

    Personally I don't think the method of conversion is very important. It's the contrast that's going to make it or break it, and that can be adjusted many ways.
     
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    Try:

    Lab mode -> select only the Lightness channel -> Go to edit -> apply image, if necessary select 'multiply' and adjust the opacity to your liking.

    It's one I use often.
     
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    you lost me on go to edit. I am looking at the edit menu and dont see "apply image"
     
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    rufus5150 TPF Noob!

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    Oh wait, it's not under edit. Next menu over. Image? Argh. I don't have it in front of me.
     
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    Look up Dr Browns image processor, he's a PS employee,(think) on his page you'll find numerous tips + actions for different PS methods of manipulation, there's one for what you need. H
     
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    thanks everyone!
     

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