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By mattmatic  

Well, here's a little experiment in B&W using a new technique I learned via the forums here, then modified slightly.
Here's the forum thread.

Toned using "Color Dodge" and "Soft Light" layers, grain added too, and slight changes made, particularly around the eyes with more dodge/burn.

I might write this up as a detailed technique, but I've got some more ideas I want to try first Wink

Any comments??

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adonoghue 14 519 England
8 Jul 2004 8:34AM

This is really good - a great moment captured!!

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8 Jul 2004 8:37AM
Works for me Matt, good morning to you. Klicked. K.
mattmatic 14 598
8 Jul 2004 8:38AM
Thank you Alan!
K - great, thanks! Good mornin' to you too!
Origami_Owl 14 786
8 Jul 2004 8:39AM
absolutely gorgeous. Such fun & character.
Technique has worked a treat - going to read that forum you posted, thanks for sharing the info.

Origami_Owl 14 786
8 Jul 2004 8:40AM
>>>>I might write this up as a detailed technique, but I've got some more ideas I want to try first Wink

I'd love to see this when it's done

and don't wink at me in that way :-0

8 Jul 2004 8:49AM
Me too! I need all the help I can get! Wink
mattmatic 14 598
8 Jul 2004 8:49AM
Thanks Paul!
I was only winking to say that I've got some more sneaky Photoshop techniques up my proverbial sleeves. But I need to try them out first, and time is a little short at the moment Grin
mattmatic 14 598
8 Jul 2004 8:49AM
K - with your EC this morning, what extra help can you possibly need??!
8 Jul 2004 8:58AM
But thats thanks to you, I DID LAYERS!!!! LOL
adonoghue 14 519 England
8 Jul 2004 8:59AM
Don't suppose you recorded it as a macro in phototshop - the setting up of the layers etc - did you?

If you did, any chance of a copy (I'm a lazy git)

mattmatic 14 598
8 Jul 2004 9:03AM
K - yahayayaya! Great! I thought you must have done. Easy wasn't it??
Alan - not yet. It's no problem, but as I mentioned, I've got some other things to try first before I action it.
For now, though, I've gotta work - have a heap of source code to write. Mega complicated. Back later...
roo 14
8 Jul 2004 9:06AM
Warm,happy picture.
himalk 14 4 Sri Lanka
8 Jul 2004 9:14AM
This is really really beautiful !!! Really stands out. Like it a lot.
stevieb 14 3.0k 2 Panama
8 Jul 2004 9:19AM
That's a happy smile and a half Matt: What a pretty girl. Mine used to be like that, she's now got horns Smile
Daisy_intheMill 14 145 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2004 9:21AM
Sweet shot, thanks for the link.
saveme 15 115
8 Jul 2004 9:34AM
Very nice.

sze4j 14 56 Singapore
8 Jul 2004 9:39AM
Really like this! Nice tones, and a very good image to start with!

Gonna' go try it out...BTW Matt, where is your tutorial on layers? Also, do you have a content page (with the various links) for all your tutorials? Found the few that I have tried out to be really useful and easy to follow. =)

flossie 15 1.6k
8 Jul 2004 9:51AM
'tis lovely as everyone's said, so I've clicked.
I have trouble converting people to b&w, especially babies and children, their eyes go all black and they look like aliens :o(

I'm still working on the tractor tutorial and my baby picture, it's the mask that confuses me but the other bits are slowly becoming clear. It's ok just following parrot fashion but I like to understand it then I can do my own thing.
mattmatic 14 598
8 Jul 2004 9:55AM
Thank you all for your comments and clicks!
Sze - yes, there's a content page at However, I've not had a chance to put most of the tutorial links on there. I'll try and sort it out today or tomorrow. There's some more B&W tips coming...

Anne - I'll try and get round to explaining the mask some more for you Wink And as for jet black eyes, I'll write that up too along with this revised B&W technique. It's just time, time, time... Grin
llonaid 14 2
8 Jul 2004 10:03AM
A wonderful happy portrait Matt. Well taken.
funkeldink 14 1.6k 1 Australia
8 Jul 2004 10:14AM
now this i like --- its got a very oldie worldie feel to it -- great b&w -- yep . liking this lots ..
hope you are as good
rletham 14 890 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2004 10:18AM
Good portrait. The tones make it but the the relaxed pose is really appealing -Rab
magda_indigo 14 418 England
8 Jul 2004 10:40AM
LOvely portrait, full of joy and thrill, click (*:*)
naturenut 15 1.8k England
8 Jul 2004 10:55AM
Lovely happy shot, love the treatment you have given it. Click.
niamh 14 34 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2004 12:39PM
really lovely shot, matt!
keithh 14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
8 Jul 2004 12:59PM
Like the shot Matt. click
It does seem a long and winding road to get a B&W shot though.
mattmatic 14 598
8 Jul 2004 1:07PM
Thanks for all your comments Smile

Keith - I know what you mean, and I've been playing around with many options. As usual there's more than one way to kill the cat, so to speak. You can get the same results with a simple curve (because that's effectively what the two layers are doing). But curves can go wild on you. I've worked out a little action that seems to give a really good starting point, and from there you have more intuitive control over the highlights, shadows, and how the midtones are stretched. I'm just trying it out some more, seeing if there are simpler ways of doing the same thing. When I'm done, I'll do a doc on it.

Still, I'm all ears for any other suggestions!
sugarbird 14 223 South Africa
8 Jul 2004 1:07PM
very very good
regards Jill
keithh 14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
8 Jul 2004 1:39PM
I find a camera goes a long way Matt. ;-]
mattmatic 14 598
8 Jul 2004 1:41PM
Jill - thank you Smile

Keith - Duh! LOL! :-P
funkeldink 14 1.6k 1 Australia
8 Jul 2004 2:09PM
mattmatic 14 598
8 Jul 2004 2:38PM
Just upload a sequence image of the conversion from colour to this. Click here.

Tutorial to follow...
mattmatic 14 598
8 Jul 2004 2:45PM
Sze - my main web site now lists all the tutorials. Have yet to do the new B&W one...

(If Pete wants any of them for here, that's no problem!)
old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
8 Jul 2004 6:21PM
Lovely expression - she's obviously having a good time.
gorf 14 16
8 Jul 2004 6:46PM
Lovely expression, and I like the BW technique
ruzzi 14
8 Jul 2004 7:09PM
Beautiful portrait,beautiful smile,click.
debbiehardy 14 363 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2004 11:07PM
You've really caught this little girl spot on! Great portrait.
mattmatic 14 598
9 Jul 2004 1:12AM
Thank you Jim, Gareth, Stef, and Debbie :-]
mattmatic 14 598
9 Jul 2004 2:27AM
Paul, and all, I've done a quick tutorial, and action. Here's the resultant photo.
A direct link to the tutorial is here!


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