#6598234, By reflux Photoshop & B/W Photography

  • reflux 1 Oct 2010 18:30:02 1,804 posts
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    For quick, raw and contrasty conversions I first do my adjustments in Camera Raw (still in colour), open the photo in Photoshop and apply a Gradient Map adjustment layer and set it to a b & w gradient. Then I add a contrast curve layer and adjust as I need. This could be automatic with an action if your exposure is consistent.

    One could also use the b & w option in Camera Raw (although the one in CS3 suck if I remember correctly) but it's easy to break up tones that way, especially with portraits since skin colour isn't really represented by any of the sliders, so be careful. If you're doing many, just make adjustments to one photo, copy and paste the settings to the rest in Bridge.

    A few recent:
    Kingston Air Force (gradient map)
    Engel (gradient map)
    Anette (Camera Raw CS5)
    Henke (Camera Raw CS5)

    or you could use a plug-in like Alien Skin's Exposure:
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