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Typically, when you think of cross processing your photographs, you think of cross processing a color photograph. Well, there are times when it's actually, kind of, interesting to apply these cross processing effects to black and white images, and that's what we are going to do here. So what I will do is quickly demonstrate that. Here we have this wonderful black and white photograph of my friend, Travis, on top of these mountains up in Washington. I will navigate to my Curves Presets and, again, we are going to discover that certain presets will work well on certain images. That doesn't look very good so I will try the other preset, E-6 to C-41, and that's much more interesting. Here is my before and then after.
Now the only problem with this is I lost some detail in my blacks here. I want to bring back some of that detail. So I am going to go in to this Curves adjustment layer and I am just going to begin to modify that a little bit. I want to bring some of those deep, dark blacks up, just a bit. Now here is my overall before and after. I can also go in to the different channels. For example, I can go in to the Red channel. I can control the color here; I can make this a little bit more of red or a little bit more of cyan. Now another thing that's, kind of, interesting to do is to add a layer on top of this which is a color balance layer. So we will click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Color Balance and do what we have done before. Go in to our Highlights and here we can swing our highlights one way or the other. In this case, I am going to make them a little bit yellow and just a little bit of red there. Go in to my Shadows, I want to add a bit more blue, kind of, cyan blue there, and look at our before and after. Before and after, again, just pushing this effect even further.
Now without this Background layer, the before and after of this effect, it doesn't look very impressive, yet, when we have these together, the results are pretty compelling. Now the last thing that you may want to do is click in your adjustment layers and lower the Opacity. Sometimes, when you will lower the Opacity, you will find a nice mixing point. In this case, with this particular adjustment I like bringing this down just a bit and then for my color on top of that, again, I am just going to modify this one way or another. Here I have a little bit more of a subtle cross-processed effect. Now finally, what I want to do is I want to create vignette to add to the overall, kind of, effect. I am going to do that by way of shortcut, Shift+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC. I will call this vignette. Take my blend mode to good old Soft Light. Click OK to apply that. Then press the B key to select the Brush tool. I want to make the brush nice and big. So on a Mac I will press Ctrl+Option+Click and drag to make my brush big. On a PC that's Ctrl+Right-click to make your brush nice and big or press your Bracket keys. Again, you are going to press either your left or right Bracket keys. In my case, I have this nice big brush. I will press 5 to go to 50% over here.
Again, just looking to create little bit of a darkening effect. Now that I have done that, Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. I am going to blur this significantly and when I say significantly, I mean significantly. Click OK and then I am going to lower the Opacity of this particular layer, pretty low here. I don't want to go that dark; I just want the subtle darkening. Here is my before and after. It needs to go up a little bit so you can actually see it, before and then after. Again, because I want this pretty subtle, I am going to take this down just a bit. Here is our overall before and after. Press F to go to Full Screen View mode, press the F7 key and then we have our before and then after.
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