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The EarlK Design blog consists mainly of entries that show how to do things using Adobe Photoshop that I hope you will find helpful and give your creative mind more tools to work with.

I use Adobe Photoshop CS6, and sometimes Adobe Illustrator CS5, Lightroom 5, and Corel Painter X. However, I believe that much of what I show can be done using Photoshop Elements.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen March 20, 2012

I started in photography when there only was black and white commonly available to the average photographer. In 1935, Kodak introduced the first modern color film and called it Kodachrome. Initially, Kodachrome was available only as 16mm film for home movies, but in 1936 it was also introduced as 8mm home movie film and short lengths of 35mm film for still photography. In 1941, Kodak made it possible to order prints from Kodachrome slides. In the following year, Kodacolor film was introduced. Unlike Kodachrome, it was designed to be processed into a negative image which showed not only light and dark reversed but also complementary colors. The use of such a negative for making prints on paper simplified the processing of the prints, reducing their cost. The expense of color film as compared to black-and-white and the difficulty of using it with indoor lighting combined to delay its widespread adoption by amateurs. In 1950, black-and-white snapshots were still the norm. By 1960, color was much more common but still tended to be reserved for travel photos and special occasions. So you see, I am used to working with black and white.

I was very glad that this week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen was using black and white. Kim's guideline for us for this week was:

How 'bout a 'black & white eDition'...
Your image must be black & white and contain at least one layer of any of my textures.

The digital camera I use can take a Black and White image in the camera, but it doesn't necessarily give a good one. The best way is to shoot in color and then process the color into a black and white image in Photoshop. That way you can get the exact black and white image you want. And, that is what I did. I got to my black and white image in a different manner than in a straight forward way. Let me show you what I did for this challenge.

First, let me show you the color image as my camera took the photo. And, also show you what I did with it so you know where we are going.


Layer 0.  As I usually do, I opened a new document that was 11 x 8.5-inch, landscape, 300 ppi, RGB and white background. The document opens with this as the Background layer. I won't show it since it is just a plain white layer.

Layer 1.  I brought in my color image and transformed it so that it fit my 11 x 8.5-inch layout, filling the page.

Layer 2.  I have been experimenting with making some of my own textures. Here I used a sheet of Canson Mi-Teintes Drawing Paper ( 8.5 x 11-inch) in an olive color and used some cray-pas oil pastels to color it to give me a texture.  This is what It looks like at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.

Then I changed the Mode to Color and still kept 100% Opacity, to give me this.

Remember, at this point I am still aiming toward my black and white image that is the beginning point for the challenge. I am not there yet.

Layer 3.  I duplicated Layer 1, the flower layer, and made it Layer 3. I changed the blend mode to Soft Light with 100% Opacity. It may look like I'll never get to my beginning black and white image. But, I will.

Layer 4. I duplicated Layer 3 for layer 4. I left the mode at Soft Light but reduced the Opacity to 30%. This made the image just a little brighter.

Layer 5.  I clicked on the button to open a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer. All I did was to reduce the Saturation -30. 

And, this gave me this.

I bet you thought I was going to reduce the Saturation to -100 giving me a black and white image. 

Layer 6.  While Layer 5 was active, I made a composite layer for Layer 6 (Command / Control - Option / Alt - Shift - E). This gives me all the visible layers below it all on one layer. So Layer 6 will look just like what you were seeing while Layer 5 was the active layer.

This is the color image that I will now convert to my Black and White image.

Layer 7.  With Layer 6 the active layer, I clicked on the button in the Layers Panel to open up the Black & White Adjustment panel. I cycled through the Presets at the top of the panel. But, before I made my decision, I clicked on the little hand button and dragged my cursor in the image to make some adjustments. However, I really liked the Preset High Contrast Red Filter the best, so I selected it to use. 

And this gave me this for my Black and White image.

I really like this for my Black and White image.

I want to let a little of the color from the composite Layer 6 to show over the flowers in the central part of the image.  I clicked on the Layer 7 layer mask to make sure it was active. The mask is white letting all the Black & White adjustment show over the image. I selected the Brush Tool and Selected a grunge brush that I had made and used it with black to paint over the central area of the mask. I used a brush Opacity of 27% while brushing. This allowed a little of the color from the layer below, Layer 6, to show. And I now have this.

Layer 8.  Now I want to use Kim's texture kk_chamomile. However, I only want it around the edges of the image. I will use the Pattern Stamp Tool to do this. You can go to my previous entry in this blog to Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen March 6, 2012 to see how to do this. I had already made the  kk_chamomile into a whole page texture. I selected the Pattern Stamp Tool ( it is in with the Clone Stamp Tool) in  the Tool Bar. In the Option Bar, I set the Mode to Linear Burn, Opacity 30%, Flow 100%, and clicked on the little pattern icon to open the Patterns and I selected the kk_chamomile pattern.

I used a soft edge brush for the Pattern Stamp Tool and brushed around the edge of the image. This painted in the texture from  kk_chamomile around the edge of the image. This gave me my final image for this challenge.

Here is what my Layers Panel looks like.

It is really amazing what you can do with a black and white image. To me, this looks like a hand tinted black and white photograph. 

Here is an example of what was being done with hand coloring of black and white images in 1925. This is my grandmother at the beach. I was too young to remember her very much. But this portrait of her hung on the dining room wall all the years I was growing up. So, this is how I remember her.

I hope you enjoyed this tour with me including a little bit about the history of color photography. 

Enjoy life to the fullest. 



Sivinden said...

Flowers can obviously be beautiful in b&w, - great work!

PrairieJill said...

Beautiful effect!

Evelyn S. said...

Fascinating....thank you for the tutorial, too. I was a child during the black and white era, and I must admit that I don't convert to black and white very often.

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Love what you have done with this image. The flowers look great in B&W

Deborah said...

great final results, and a fantastic recipe!

Heather said...

This is a fantastic image for black and white.

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