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Terry’s Color-to-B&W Converter Photoshop Action “Pick Six”

This was inspired by a friend’s need to convert several color photographs to
black and white
for printing in their non-profit organization’s plain-paper newsletter, and also by the excellent book Mastering Black and White Digital Photography by Michael Freeman.
(ISBN 1-57990-707-5).

Below I’ve included the download link for the fr’ee “Color-To-B&W Pick Six” action
that converts a color image to black and white using several Photoshop techniques.

It is quite useful for quickly applying the six basic methods for
creating a Black and White image for use in printing applications.

(80% of printed images are still Black and White images, but
cameras are mostly color, so this becomes a very handy little tool!)

Additionally, adjustment layers are created for every version produced so
you can tweak the best outputted versions even more to your liking or loving!

This is still being improved upon, so I want to make sure you are “in the loop” to know when I make improvements, both by my own discoveries and as a result of comments and suggestions by people using it.

Terrys B&W Actions Download

Watch the video below to understand what it does, how to install it and how to use it.
(You might have to refresh the page again to get the video to show up.)
Best viewed in 720 HD quality at full screen!

This Photoshop Action works on all versions of Photoshop since CS.

Rutt at Dgrin offers another gem – Dan Margulis Portrait Action

I mentioned a very prolific poster at DigitalGrin.com naming himself “rutt” (I believe John is his real name). He is a follower, as I am, of Dan Margulis. rutt has offered up his own “DanMargulisPortrait.atn” (link is often dead – see below) — a Photoshop action — in the thread  of the Chapter 16 of the Photoshop Lab Color book discussion thread on page 12 (!) of the thread posts. That chapter was the final chapter in Dan’s excellent book, and gave a neat “recipe” for optimizing portraits and any face shots you might have. Rutt’s photoshop action automates the process by stepping you through that same recipe’s moves.

The above is his link to the action from that thread. I’ve also put up a safety backup link on my server – “backup of DanMargulisPortrait.atn“, mostly in response to the fact that this link has died in the past!

As that link is pretty buried in there (I mean, page 12 – yikes!), I wanted to create at least a couple back-links pointing to the post  so Google might find it easier!

Read the thread and you will see some pretty nice results demonstrated there from using this technique!

That’s all – I really just wanted to share this with you quickly! Enjoy!

Black and White discussion at Dgrin turns up nice PS action!

So… I’m reading this great tutorial by rutt over at Dgrin (Digital Grin, folks!) called “B&W Conversion Workflow“, and I’m reading through it and see he has included a little Photoshop Action set. As rutt puts it:

“I have an action which aides to to getting to this point. Pick it up here.”

Brief and to the point.

So… I go and download this thing and put it in my Photoshop Actions folder, and load it into my actions pallette with Photoshop running to try it out it on a color photo.

And, lo and behold, this baby not only contains rutt’s two little actions, it also possesses a complete “realization” by Robin L. Holden, Sr. of Greg Gorman and Mac Holbert’s quite innovative B&W conversion action (… as described in the only PDF that exists in Greg’s “Learn” section — titled “Black and White Conversion Tutorial” — find that PDF at http://www.gormanphotography.com/Duotone.html – at his site under the “Learn” section.)

BTW – That’s THE Greg Gorman – one of the most amazing B&W photographers of all time presenting a how-to tutorial at his website on building a Photoshop Action to be used to create B&W shots from color ones!!!

And Who is this Mac Holbert, you ask?

Well! Just another one of the greats in B&W photography!

Interesting collaboration to produce a Photoshop Action, eh? Especially one converting color photos to black and white ones. I’d qualify these two as being pretty “picky” when it comes to quality assessments of B&W from Color conversions!

That rutt includes this “realization” action along with his own technique is a very generous offer. His own and the Gorman/Holbert techniques BOTH produce very nice results, and leave the adjustment layers there for finer tweaking after the actions are run.

I suggest you take a look at rutt’s post and at the PDF at gormanphotography.com, download the action set, and give both approaches a try! (Here’s an alternate download link at my server in case that link above breaks in the future: B&W Action DeLuxe!