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Creating A Black and White Image In Photoshop pt2

Feb 21

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Taking Your Black and White to the Next Level

In today’s episode you will learn how to use Curves to take control of your black and white. We use show you how to analyze your histogram and use input and output channels to dial in your light and dark levels.

After fine tuning the image with Curves, we use channels to select lighter areas of the photo and fill them with white to bring extra attention their way.

We finish the image off by creating a light leak type effect and transforming it onto our subject.

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  • Justine Tjallinks

    Nice! Thank you! By the way… aaron, you look gooood in that black and white video ;-)

  • Roman

    When you go on to create the light leak using gradient tool, you end up with ugly banding. How do you avoid that? I often struggle with that. Great episode as always!

  • Daniel Ott

    Yeah I get the banding too and have never found a way to stop it happening, hope some genius comes back with an awesome solution! :)

  • Kevin Medlin

    You may want to make sure that you’re editing a 16bit image, and not 8bit. You’ll typically see more banding in 8 bit. (I hope that’s helpful).

  • Daniel Ott

    Thanks for that Kevin, also after watching one of the Pro Tutorials Aaron mentioned exactly this problem. He said that with all the layers that we’re creating often it’s a lot for poor old photoshop to handle, so by merging all the layers onto a new layer (Command-Shift-Option-E) It should show how your final image will finally look minus any banding issues – and it worked for me. Also when you come to export/save your image it’ll also sort out the banding issue too! :)

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