tutorial: better b&w using selective color

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Andy Williams
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tutorial: better b&w using selective color

i cannot emphasize the value of using selective color> blacks in your b&w conversion. i use it in almost every single b&w conversion that i do.

here's how. perform your normal b&w conversion. if you need a refresher on that, there's tons of info and a week's worth of reading in here:

let's look at this image. here it is after my bw conversion and levels adjustment. still needs some pop though, eh?

now do layer> new adjustment layer> selective color

choose the blacks from the drop down menu and bump it up. sometimes as much as 100%, depending on the image. don't worry if it gets too much in certain parts, you can always back it off selectively, using the layer mask.

here, you can see that i used the layer mask and a soft edged fat brush to remove some of the added black from certain areas of the image. look closely at the layer mask in the layers pallette window. to see where i backed off the blacks, look closely at the tree/water line on the left hand side of the image.

and here's the finished product.

ir-modified sony f828, 1/200th sec, f/5.6, 720nm filter aboard.

enjoy (black and white) photography,

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