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How to make that snap shot really look like something professional

Posted by Kath from Australia • Published See Kath's 2 projects »
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  • How to make a photo manipulation. How To Create An Affect Black And White Image In Adobe Photoshop - Step 1
    Step 1

    This is my starting image. I opened this in photoshop, you can do this in any version of photoshop, but the version i'm using is adobe cs4

  • How to make a photo manipulation. How To Create An Affect Black And White Image In Adobe Photoshop - Step 2
    Step 2

    The first i thing i did after opening the image in photoshop, was up the top i went to Image > Adjustments > desaturate. which just removes all the colour from your image and turns it black and white.

  • How to make a photo manipulation. How To Create An Affect Black And White Image In Adobe Photoshop - Step 3
    Step 3

    Then you go to Image > Adjustments > Curves, this tool helps the exposure of the image, but in this case it gives more definite black and whites instead of the image being so grey.

  • How to make a photo manipulation. How To Create An Affect Black And White Image In Adobe Photoshop - Step 4
    Step 4

    In this image you can see the before (just after it was desaturated) with the curves tool opened, and you can see how grey the image looks.

  • How to make a photo manipulation. How To Create An Affect Black And White Image In Adobe Photoshop - Step 5
    Step 5

    On the side you can see i've moved the lines, you don't have to do it the same as I did, you're welcome to play around til the image suits your personal taste.
    But in this instance this is how I did it.
    And already you can see the dramatic change it has made to the image.

  • How to make a photo manipulation. How To Create An Affect Black And White Image In Adobe Photoshop - Step 6
    Step 6

    This step is optional, this is just something i personally like to do with some of my black and white images.

    Go to Filter > Distort > Lens Correction.

  • How to make a photo manipulation. How To Create An Affect Black And White Image In Adobe Photoshop - Step 7
    Step 7

    Where the red line is where i played around, you can again like i said move this bar to what suits your personal taste, this tool gives a dark edge around your image, and makes the subject in the middle stand out more.

  • How to make a photo manipulation. How To Create An Affect Black And White Image In Adobe Photoshop - Step 8
    Step 8

    This is what the image looks like with the dark edge.

  • How to make a photo manipulation. How To Create An Affect Black And White Image In Adobe Photoshop - Step 9
    Step 9

    This is something I do with some of my images, Canon cameras can sometimes produce unsharp images, so I like to sharpen up my image a bit, So i went to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen

  • How to make a photo manipulation. How To Create An Affect Black And White Image In Adobe Photoshop - Step 10
    Step 10

    Where the red circle is where i moved the bar, now I only did 2.0 do not do it to intense you want your photo to look as natural and unphotoshopped as you can.

  • How to make a photo manipulation. How To Create An Affect Black And White Image In Adobe Photoshop - Step 11
    Step 11

    And my final image! A more effective and dramatic and non ametuer black and white, this is how the professionals do it :)

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shizuoka
shizuoka · Bogor, West Java, Indonesia · 8 projects

great tutorial! will def use it! thanks

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Sokje
Sokje · Almere, Flevoland, Netherlands · 8 projects

Great tut!
Thank you ^^

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