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?

10 comments:

Moi said...

I enjoyed all three of them, John.....the soft mint green, as you called it, is very sophisticated .....PS lets one follow one's imagination, isn't it . The Black and white is beautiful while the au naturel is nature's gift....i think I will go with the last :)

Daniel J Santos said...

I like all.

Lori said...

Wow, that's amazing. Those are beautiful photos. You can really do fantastic things with photoshop. I wish I knew how to use it. I think I need to take a course!

imac said...

While I like B/W, Im a vivid colour man, so I have to choose the original one, green is my fav., sorry John.lol.
I do like the other 2 as well tho.

Gudl said...

They all look great, but I think the first one is most interesting.

Babystepper said...

I definitely like the first one. Love the mint green shading.

photowannabe said...

I think I like the magical quality of the first one. YOu did a great job with the conversion.

Kerri said...

I have been playing with PS Elements - there is so much to learn! I like the one you have framed - mint green. But they are all beautiful.

Mike said...

Very neat John. I like the "finished" shot at the top best. Love the Photoshop warning, just made me want to read on.

Mike

lv2scpbk said...

I love the first one.