Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Two Best Colors In The World - Black and White

They always say there is more than one way to do something in Photoshop. Well, here is a real treasure of an article on B&W conversions right here by P.J. Morley. Mr. Morley shows, count them, four ways to convert your color image to black and white with a thorough explanation for each procedure. Of particular note is the Channel mixer technique. He gives several settings for emulating the tonalities of several B&W films.
For quick reference, here are the settings.
Fuji NeopanR +45, G +30, B +25
Ilford DeltaR +25, G +40, B +35
Ilford HP5R +47, G +47, B +6
Kodak Tri XR +35,G +28, B +37
Kodak T MaxR +30, G +32, B +38

But wait, there's more, and they are even more interesting.

These are the settings for creating an "Infra-Red" effect. Again, here are P.J.'s Channel Mixer settings:
Try these as a starting point. Note these don’t all add up to 100
IR Effect 1R +50, G +65, B -30
IR Effect 2R +80, G +100, B -100
IR Effect 3R +60, G +80, B -80
IR Effect 4R +70, G +40, B -50.
If you prefer a darker sky give a little tweak in curves to boost the contrast.

It's a great B&W article, check it out here.


  1. Thanks for the IR settings! I'm playing with them right now.

  2. Thanks for the kind comments and link to my article. If you want to add a further wat to convert I have posted it here.