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#1 shellie44

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 07:19 AM

When I turn my color photo to B/W it looks to harsh to me; how do I soften my photo

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 07:23 AM

Hi there! How are you doing the conversion? Using the Convert to Black and white function under the Enhance tab??

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 07:27 AM

I prefer to use the Gradient Map setting under the Create Adjustment Layer tab in the layers palette, it gives a nicer colour... if it is too harsh there are a number of things you can do...

1. duplicate the layer and add Gaussian blur to it and overlay
2. add some warmth by overlaying a sepia tone or cream or pink or whatever works with your page...
3. you could even adjust the contrast/brightness under the Enhance>Adjust lighting tab...

If none of these work, try posting your image so we can see what the problem is??

Good luck!

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 10:36 AM

I prefer to use the Gradient Map setting under the Create Adjustment Layer tab in the layers palette, it gives a nicer colour... if it is too harsh there are a number of things you can do...

1. duplicate the layer and add Gaussian blur to it and overlay
2. add some warmth by overlaying a sepia tone or cream or pink or whatever works with your page...
3. you could even adjust the contrast/brightness under the Enhance>Adjust lighting tab...

If none of these work, try posting your image so we can see what the problem is??

Good luck!


Thanks for your ideas; I am going to try these and let you know how it works

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 10:57 AM

I really like Melissa Renfro's Photo Basics Action Set. With the chocolate & sepia tones, and smart glow option, they've worked really well for me. (And they're worth a look, just for the 13 different looks of an adorable baby shown in one of the marketing images!)

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