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Cogs in black and white

By Cowser
A basic conversion from colour to black and white using Photoshop Elements. Comments and hints welcome.

Following very welcome advice from Robert51 I have uploaded Version 1 which is a great improvement i.m.h.o.

Tags: Black and white obsolete machinery

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Robert51 13 8 129 United Kingdom
8 May 2021 8:14AM
I really like the image Ian and the choice of black and white was a good one.

The problem with a basic conversion you can end up with a soft dull looking image. Most b&w need to be strong and crisp the good thing here there is two easy things that will make things look a lot better.
Open a level adjustment layer and you will see the sides of the graph empty. This means your not covering the full range. There are a black and white slides just below the graph. Move these sliders in from each side to the point the graph starts.
Second open a Curves layer and click on the middle line across the box. move to about 25% up that line from the bottom and pull the line down, this will adjust the darks. Then move up to about 75% and push the line up to effect the lights. This should look like a S and is know as a basic S curve.
I have upload a mod to show you the results. I just hope I not teaching you how to suck eggs as they say.
Sorry this is for PS but I'm sure Elements has the same.

8 May 2021 9:10AM
Hi Robert, many thanks for taking the time to provide your much appreciated comments and guidance on my black and white conversion.
I have only recently started using processing software and am trying to become familiar with the techniques using an idiot's guide, a manual and online tutorials.
Your mod is exactly the effect I would like to achieve and I will certainly try the route you suggest in my edition of Elements.
Robert51 13 8 129 United Kingdom
9 May 2021 10:59AM
Great job Ian the processing looks great.

A small tip here most processing is just pushing sliders, it's knowing which ones...
JuBarney Plus
11 36 6 United Kingdom
20 May 2021 8:52AM
V1 i a smashing shot
Chinga Plus
11 102 3 United Kingdom
21 May 2021 10:27AM
Rust, patina, and a great composition.
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loobylyn 9 5 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2021 9:44AM
I'm loving the second image much more atmospheric and really shows off the shadows

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