Oh Yeah I use NIK silver efex.
I was thinking of B&W preparation before any processing.
Still prefer my way. Taking contrast out,subdues the colors, the picture looks terrible, but I still have full spectrum and when converted reduces that harsh digital transition from zone to zone.
Texture layers;What a lot of fun. Everything from water colors to rusty plates.
I know you are a great fan of NIK silver and wet rocks pre-set
Maybe we should expand this topic to " what is your workflow "
pop511 wrote:Thx; Minniev
I sometimes...No I'll replace that...I often get annoyed with myself in forums by sounding like "a know it all"
So to start off..Let's pretend we are sitting next to each other with a glass of wine/coffee and only talking....
B&W..no one is right or wrong...only different tastes and techniques.
At college we had to process B&W film in the darkroom. It was frightening, if you make a mistake, you can't go back unless it was to restart from the beginning, and you can't do that in exams. I learned to closely examine black & white areas.
Both extremes have no detail. The idea was to develop with as much detail as you can. This is where we may diverge.
" I'm usually trying to get the colors to give me the tonalities I want by making colors more pronounced"
Yes I can see that, but increasing tones, you may also reduce tonal steps.
And isn't it great with software we can bring back details. Not like my old days, shooting concerts with 2 massive rolls of film for a total of 72 pics...
Although the Ike & Tina Turner show was different.
-100% reduction in contrast. I savagely reduced whites and moved the blacks up so I have detail.
Nothing done in this pic. B&W in NIK; Full dynamic preset.
Not enough impact..No problem..I can now use tone curve.
In NIK I'll either start with Normal or full dynamic
I think of B&W as shades of gray
I'm sure I have missed stuff out. Over to someone else to argue now..
pop511 wrote:... Maybe we should expand this topic to " what is your workflow "
Here we go!!!
How to do the same thing a million and one different ways...
All comes back to each individual's work flow.
Lest stay with NIK silver for No1:
You've done your B&W layer and it is now in P/S
Take it back again into NIK
Open "finishing adjustments " "Toning" panel
Let's take an agressive color shall we. Pick number 12 or 24
Take it back to P/S
Change blending mode and or opacity to taste.
No2: In P/S
Open blank layer above B&W picture
Choose your color and fill layer with color
Change blending mode and or opacity to taste. Suggest start off with Multiply/overlay/linear light
If original color layer has a color that you want to use. Use color picker and use that.
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