Black-and-White and Beyond
First-time Photoshop CS2 users often create black-and-white images from their
Photoshop CS2 offers several other
Another easy (but more creative) way to create a black-and-white image is to use Camera Raw ( Figures 4.32 , 4.33 , and 4.34 ). In the Adjust tab, remove all the color using the Saturation slider. Then play around with the other controls, beginning with Contrast in this tab (uncheck the Auto box first). For more creative control, go to the Curve tab and fine-tune the picture to your liking.
Tech info : Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II, 17-40mm lens @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/125 sec. @ f/16. ISO 100.
Before I started this lesson, I
Getting back to
Note how this less-
I photographed this
Tech info : Canon EOS D30, 16-35mm lens @ 35mm. Exposure: 1/125 sec. @ f/8. ISO 400.
Compare these two photographs ( Figures 4.39 and 4.40 ). One is a grayscale image (Image > Mode > Grayscale). I created the other using Channel Mixer (Image > Adjustments > Channel Mixer). Which do you feel looks more dramatic? That's right not the grayscale image.
When you select Channel Mixer (as an Adjustment Layer, Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Channel Mixer) and check the Monochrome box, you can control the Red, Green, and Blue Source Channels to fine-tune the image to your creative vision.
Here are the Channel Mixer settings I used on my color picture ( Figure 4.41 ):
Combine my settings, and you get 100%. That's no
I don't use the Constant control in the Channel Mixer dialog box because it can make the image look flat. But if you want, you can move the Constant slider to the left to
Play around with Channel Mixer once, and you'll never make a grayscale conversion again. For additional creativity after using Channel Mixer, try the Curves or Levels commands.
If you use the Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer, try fading the layer's Opacity. Here, I reduced the Opacity to 62% ( Figure 4.42 ).
This is the result ( Figure 4.43 ). The once-vibrant colors are now more subdued, and the picture looks more creative.
At first, this may look like a black-and-white picture ( Figure 4.44 ). Actually, it's a duotone (I chose Image > Mode > Grayscale and then Image > Mode > Duotone).
A true duotone is a black-and-white image to which another color is added. Duotone images are often used in magazines and books when a four-color page isn't available, as well as for creating pictures with a different look. Duotones are also used for posters and in fine-art exhibits. Several of Ansel Adams'
For the duotone image of my Cuban friend, I clicked the Load button and selected Pantone 478 CVC from the Duotones folder. You can find this folder and lots more like it in the Presets folder inside the Photoshop folder.
After applying that color, I clicked the small Curve window to the left of the Ink color window. Doing so brought up the Duotone Curve window, where I made my adjustments ( Figure 4.45 ).
Photoshop groups Duotones along with Tritones (three ink colors) and Quadtones (that's right, four ink colors) in the Duotone Options dialog box. The color of the ink is displayed, so it's relatively easy to visualize how the color will affect the image ( Figure 4.46 ).
To see all the Duotone options, you need to load the other inks. To do so, click the Load button in the Duotone Options dialog box. In the resulting Load dialog box, you can load additional colors.
Go Beyond the Visible Light Spectrum
Compare the color image in this series to the other two ( Figures 4.49 , 4.50 , and 4.51 ). One is a grayscale image. The much more dramatic picture is an infrared (IR) image.
Tech info : Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II, 17-40mm lens @ 20mm. Exposure: 1/125 sec. @ f/16. ISO 100.
Tech info : Canon EOS D60 converted to IR-only camera, 17-40mm lens @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/30 sec. @ f/22. ISO 50.
Some digital cameras offer IR capabilities when a Hoya R72 filter is placed over the lens, and several Photoshop plug-ins offer an IR filter, including Nik's Color Efex Pro. Personally, the most realistic IR images I've seen have been produced by
I took my converted D60 on a trip out West (this picture was taken in Bryce Canyon, Utah) and after viewing the pictures on my laptop each night, I started to "see" the
Straight out of an IR-converted camera, the pictures have a purple tint (
). To get the IR effect, you need to
Another technique for going beyond black-and-white is to simulate a black-and-white infrared picture. To do so in this case, I converted a color file to a grayscale image (Image > Mode > Grayscale) and then applied the Diffuse Glow filter (Filter > Distort > Diffuse Glow) to the image (
). If the effect is too
Tech info : Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II, 50mm Macro lens. Exposure: 1/15 sec. @ f/22. ISO 100.
Enough tech talk. Let's chat for a moment about why we like black-and-white photography. Perhaps a black-and-white picture, such as this street scene from Trinidad, Cuba, on the
Tech info : Canon EOS D30, 16-35mm lens @ 20mm. Exposure: 1/125 sec. @ f/5.6. ISO 400.