A B&W Conversion Tutorial

I posted this on a photography board, but thought I would share it with my lovely blog followers as well. This is how I did my PPing for the photo in the previous post, and how I get my "traditional" B&W edit. All of this was done in Photoshop CS4.

Here is the photo before the conversion:

Here is a screen shot I took while editing:

Here is an explanation of the layers from top to bottom with screen shots of the photo step by step:

- First I created a B&W gradient map to make a boring yucky B&W conversion, then made that my background (I always make a snapshot before this)

Now here's what I have:

- Then adjust the RGB levels to make the B&W not so cool

- The first gradient map you see is the same one used to convert to B&W, but I set the layer to screen to brighten it up a little. 

- Gradient Map 2 is another plain B&W gradient with the layer set to overlay to give it a little boost. A little goes a long with with most of these layers so I suggest keeping the opacities fairly low. 

- Gradient Map 3 gives it that warmer tone and looks like this: 

I have this layer set to multiply

- Then I have two different fill layers to give it more of that brownish/aged color the first layer is set to multiply the second layer is set to soft light

- Lastly I create an "s" curve to give it a little pop and adjust the opacities to taste.

Here is the final photo:

And for a more "traditional" B&W I just deleted the 3rd Gradient Map and the 2nd Color Fill:

Let The Chaos Begin!

I don't like fall. I like to look at fall with the beautiful leaves and trendy clothing, but I still don't like it. It means school begins again, summer fun is gone, and the dreaded winter is nearing. This fall I not only have most of my weekends already booked for my photography business, I also am taking care of Dylan full-time and attending school full-time, thank goodness for online classes or I would be screwed. I'm taking all of the classes I have avoided the last two years, like accounting and calculus, so we will see if I have any hair left come December. I'm going to try really hard to learn how to manage time and balance priorities (like right now I should be doing laundry instead of blogging). But sometimes I also need to let things go, and give myself some time to relax. I did just that last night. Jon, Dylan and I went for a walk at the Outdoor Campus, it was so nice to get outside and just enjoy myself. This is a photo Jon helped take of Dylan and I, I have a feeling this one is going to be turned into a gallery wrap it's too priceless not to.