"Another Way of Looking at It"
In photography, we often think of black and white when using the term
monochrome although images are more likely to be greyscale.
Colour images can
be converted to greyscale very simply by desaturating the colours - either
in the camera or the "Digital Darkroom" using software.
The results are rarely
satisfactory and fall a long way short of their impressive predecessors achieved
in the chemical darkroom.
This example examines a much better way of using a simple yet very powerful
Literally, monochrome means single colour and
images displayed in sepia and other tones also qualify in this category.
SITUATION - Taken on a winter's day in
Yorkshire, this ancient stone bridge is ideal for conversion to
give it a historical feel.
If only we had good old black and white
film in the camera.
Steps taken using Photoshop Elements version 5
If you have a different version or different software you will find that the techniques here will apply to your software even though the actual names and locations of functions may vary.
1 With the image to be converted opened in an Edit window, select Enhance then Convert to Black and White...
Tip - To experiment with black and white conversion while preserving the original photo, convert a duplicate layer.
2 Select a syle which suits the image. Scenic Landscape has been selected here but experiment to find one that appeals.
3 Drag the Adjustment Intensity slider to adjust the More and Less thumbnails. It has been dragged all the way to the right in this example to explore an extreme effect.
4 Click the More and Less thumbnails to vary the effect. To make a particularly large adjustment, click a thumbnail repeatedly. The thumbnails for red, green, and blue don’t colourize the image, they simply include more or less data from the original in the new black and white image.
5 To give the impression of an aged historical photograph, the More Contrast option was used. More graduation of the greys could have been achieved by using different combinations in the previous steps.
Remember to save the new image with a different name so as not to overwrite the original.
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This example is just one of the many ways in which Photoshop Elements or similar
software can be used to help you make better
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