Black and white conversion techniques are like politicians making election promises: every one of them claims to be the penultimate solution to your needs. Regardless of their claims, you still need to create images that look like photographs and not like something the viewer sees as "something you did in Photoshop." There are numerous ways to convert an image from color to hues of gray. But which one works best-and why-are questions that may be asked but are rarely if ever answered. Vincent Versace will show you some of the best ways to convert an image to black and white without ever leaving the RGB color space. In this book, you will learn which methods give you the best results and when to choose a simple or a complex solution. Different images have different needs as they are converted to black and white, and Vincent covers them all, leaving no stone unturned in his quest to create amazing, timeless black and white images-and teach the reader how to do the same. From Oz to Kansas includes coverage of Adobe Photoshop and Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro.
Vincent explores all the options in Photoshop for converting color images to black and white, and discusses the merits of each, including when one conversion technique is more appropriate than another. Versace shares the knowledge he's gained from decades of research and real-world experience to help the reader take black and white images from "good enough" to fine art quality. Master black and white fine art photographer, Photoshop expert, and master printer Vincent Versace delivers the book that fans and readers have long been waiting for: a comprehensive reference and set of tutorials covering the best ways to convert color images into stunning black and white photographs.
Vincent Versace is a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts and Entertainment, the Shellenberg fine art award, a four-time nominee to the Photoshop Hall of Fame and is the author of the best selling book Welcome to Oz, the first edition of which was chosen as Shutterbug magazine's best how to book of the year. Versace is a member of the Epson Stylus Pros, a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, an Xrite Colorotti, Lexar Elite Photographer, and an American Photo Magazine Mentor Trek and Master Class instructor.
Chapter 1: The Black and White on All of the Gray Areas of Black and White Chapter 2: Variations on a Theme Chapter 3: Defying Logic Chapter 4: Defying Reason Chapter 5: Somewhere Over the Grayscale Chapter 6: The Black and White on the Zone System Chapter 7: The Black and White on the Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer Chapter 8: The Black and White on Silver Efex Pro 2 Last Words Afterword Index