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Bugsy

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Thought it may be interesting for those into photo editing to have a thread where pictures and a brief description of how the effects were created, could be posted.

My first project with PSE 8 using one of my favourite shots from last summer.

[IMG]http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p211/Bugbear2/Sunflower.jpg[/IMG]

Created a duplicate layer.

Turned it into Black & White, added some grey tone.

Set the B&W layer to the top then removed the image with a soft round brush to reveal  the colour of the dominant flower below.

Sharpened it up a bit with contrast.

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Bugsy.  You've done a nice job with this image. Tbh, I'm not always that enamoured with this particular effect but you've chosen a good subject and executed it well.

If you want to have a play try doing it in a slightly different context.

Do your B&W conversion and then choose an element of the image that you want to "tease" the viewer as to whether they are seeing just B&W or colour.  Just paint into the Layer Mask at very, very low opacity so that there is just the slightest hint of colour.

This seems to work quite well with natural wood.  Perhaps the sides of a wooden barn or perhaps the trunk of a tree.  Fun playing with it.

How do you make you B&W conversions? There is a method I rather like called the Gorman/Holbert method. I recorded it as an ACTION. You're welcome to a copy but I'm not 100% sure it will work with Elements 8 (I use CS3).  The ACTION produces Levels and Curves LLayers along with their associated Layer Masks.  Let me know if you want to try it and I can email it to you.

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[quote user="DerekJ"]How do you make you B&W conversions?

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Elements 8 has a built-in B&W facility that has a whole array of tweeks built into it.

In addition to half a dozen standard effects, infra-red, newspaper etc, it also has sliders to change red, blue, green and contrast to alter definition within those effects.

I'll have a go at your suggestion.

Thanks.

Perhaps you could post an image or two to help this beginner. [:D]

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[quote user="Bugsy"]

Perhaps you could post an image or two to help this beginner. [:D]

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Bugsy. Here's the sort of thing I mean. Not sure how well it works as I've only got my laptop screen available to me at the moment.

The B&W conversion was done using the Gorman/Hobert method I mentioned.

[IMG]http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e170/DerekJordan/Sandbox/soulomes1bw.jpg[/IMG]

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See what you mean Derek, it just jumps out at you.

A different kind of jumping out. [:D]

[IMG]http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p211/Bugbear2/AYoungMax.jpg[/IMG]

Something different I've just tried using an old picture of my lovely dog Max as a pup. Sadly no longer with us.

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A couple of shots from Omaha Beach.

Done as advised John with a 25% opacity removal from the B&W layer.

[IMG]http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p211/Bugbear2/Omaha2.jpg[/IMG]

And another taken the same day cleaned up and modified with Gradient filters

[IMG]http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p211/Bugbear2/OmahaBeach.jpg[/IMG]

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That's the kind of thing I had in mind Bugsy (btw, it's Derek not John [;-)] )

What do you think yourself? Do you like the hint of colour or do you prefer a pure B&W?

Just one suggestion. There's a quite prominent halo around the outside of the structure.  If you have a problem getting the selection tight to the subject you are probably better to be slightly inside of the structure rather than over running into the sky.

Nice job with the Gradient Filters image.

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