Converting Color to Black and White
I thought I’d do something different today. I figured I would start documenting my post processing workflow and share them here. I am hoping someone reading my blog would find it helpful.
I found a photo of a pink rose that I took a while back. I wanted to covert the image into black and white, and I wanted it to have that soft look, which I think is appropriate for this subject.
Since I shoot in RAW, I “developed” the file in Lightroom 4. I fixed the white balance and adjusted the exposure. I wanted to overexpose it a little to achieve the look that I want. I then exported it over to Photoshop Elements to continue with the editing. The plan was to use Topaz BW Effects to convert the image. Here is my Photoshop workflow:
- Duplicate background layer
- Cleared some of the stray water drops using Spot Healing Tool in Photoshop
- Flattened the layers
- Duplicated the background layer again and renamed it Topaz BW
- Launched Topaz BW Effects from the Filter tab in Photoshop Elements
- In the Topaz BW Effects plugin, I chose Milk Memories from the Opalotype Collection
- Played around with the strength of the effect until I am satisfied with the outcome
- Back to Photoshop Elements, I created a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, pushed the Saturation slider all the way to the left to remove the remaining hint of color
- I flattened the layers, then created Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to adjust the lightness to +14 (I needed to adjust the lightness because I wanted to lighten the background more)
- Finally, on the Hue/Saturation layer mask, I brushed over the flower to bring back the details on the petals.
Et voila! The final image is now a soft black and white.