Black and White conversion in CS4: the Joffe Method

After you find a digital image that you would like to convert to black and white, open it in Photoshop CS4.

For this tutorial I will use the same landscape shot I did for the Coleman assignment. joffe_landscape_bw
After you open it up, Instead of doing a full desat, or grey scale conversion, we’ll do a Black and White conversion from the adjustments menu.

Image>Adjustments>Black and White

Image>Adjustments>Black and White

After this, adjust colors to get the best possible contrast, etc. this will not be what you end up with.

Black and White menu

Black and White menu

After you get it to where you want it, press ok.

We have now converted to black and white; but hold on, we’re not done yet.

Duplicate your back ground layer so you have a different layer to work off of. Then make a selecting of an area in which you want to adjust for contrast, black, etc.
After you have made your selection, bring up your curves menu

Curves

Curves

When adjusting for contrast in your curves in local areas, I like to make my curve similar to what you see here.

Keep doing this for various areas with in your photograph. Remember to create a separate layer for each selected area. You can Copy Via Layer, or create a layer mask, I prefer creating a layer mask.

Once your finished adjusting curves throughout your image. Go to each layer and adjust your Levels for each area. While doing this, look for your deepest black and your whitest whites (you can check with Info, then check for 0 and 255)

By now you should have a decent looking image. You can now do what ever you want to do to it, sharpen, re-size, etc.

THIS TUTORIAL IS NOT COMPLETE!     CHECK BACK SOON FOR A MORE IN DEPTH DESCRIPTION OF EACH STEP!

desaturized

desaturized

Grey Scale Conversion

Grey Scale Conversion

Joffe Method

Joffe Method

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~ by joffephoto on February 9, 2009.

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