Thursday, October 18, 2007
Three Of A Kind
The bottom picture is pretty much a straight photo off of my camera. The other two were a black and white conversion and also an experiment.
Warning: Boring Photoshop Elements stuff ahead!
I got to playing with it, thinking initially that the contrast might translate to a nice black and white photo. I do like the black and white one, but while I was playing with it, I tried a couple of things.
When I convert to black and white, I don't just switch it to grayscale. I take the color version and create a levels adjustment layer, and then a third layer using a black and white gradient map, which if I did only this and then saved it, makes a much nicer black and white than simply converting it to grayscale.
Then I go back to the levels adjustment layer and can switch to the red, blue, and green part of the photo individually, and adjust further in each of these component parts.
That's where I usually stop and flatten the image layers, but for this one that I framed, I went back to the gradient map layer and using the opacity slider, moved it such that just a hint of the original color started to appear once again.
I loved the gentle, mint green that appeared so much more than either of the others that I framed it.
Do any of y'all have a preference of one of three?