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Cross processing black-and-white photos

From: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color

Video: Cross processing black-and-white photos

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.

Cross processing black-and-white photos

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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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color

74 video lessons · 17547 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 4m 33s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Learning strategies
      2m 4s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 15m 1s
    1. The effect of color
      1m 50s
    2. Why color matters
      1m 56s
    3. Understanding color adaptation
      3m 16s
    4. Understanding color relationships
      2m 55s
    5. Introducing Adobe Kuler
      5m 4s
  3. 1h 15m
    1. Adjusting color and tone in a sunset portrait
      4m 23s
    2. Enhancing sunset colors pt. 1: Curves
      4m 7s
    3. Enhancing sunset colors pt. 2: Color Balance
      4m 26s
    4. Jellyfish pt. 1: Adjusting composition and color
      4m 52s
    5. Jellyfish pt. 2: Working with lighting effects and opacity
      4m 18s
    6. Jellyfish pt. 3: Integrating tone, color, and creativity
      6m 3s
    7. Night photography pt. 1: Brightening and contrast
      5m 12s
    8. Night photography pt. 2: Vibrance, hue, and saturation
      5m 29s
    9. Fisherman's rope: Color and Contrast
      3m 55s
    10. Fisherman's floats: Subtle color with curves
      5m 20s
    11. Wind tunnel: Masking using the Color Range command
      4m 14s
    12. Old desert sign: Quick color adjustments
      4m 24s
    13. Old neon sign: Creating impact
      2m 46s
    14. Artist's chalk: Enhancing vivid colors
      4m 9s
    15. Strawberry ice cream: Making subtle color enhancements
      2m 45s
    16. Hallways: Combining images with creative color
      4m 44s
    17. Santa Barbara Harbor: Adding color to grayscale images
      4m 29s
  4. 34m 14s
    1. Deconstructing Hue/Saturation
      3m 36s
    2. Using Hue/Saturation to change color
      2m 31s
    3. Adding accent color
      1m 49s
    4. Changing color with Quick Mask mode and Hue/Saturation
      2m 56s
    5. Replacing color with the Replace Color tool
      2m 49s
    6. Replacing and modifying color
      6m 59s
    7. Changing the color of an old fishing boat
      6m 50s
    8. Enhancing and changing eye color
      4m 30s
    9. Changing makeup color in a fashion portrait
      2m 14s
  5. 22m 6s
    1. Deconstructing color saturation with Levels and Curves
      3m 53s
    2. Adjusting vibrance and saturation
      1m 59s
    3. Using Hue/Saturation
      3m 18s
    4. Using the Selective Color command
      1m 56s
    5. Using Hue/Saturation and Curves to understand relative color
      4m 24s
    6. Increasing color saturation and variety with Lab
      3m 29s
    7. Getting creative with Lab
      3m 7s
  6. 24m 28s
    1. Using Color Balance to cross process
      5m 10s
    2. Using Curves RGB channels to cross process
      2m 22s
    3. Introducing Curves presets
      1m 52s
    4. Using Curves presets to cross process
      2m 52s
    5. Cross processing black-and-white photos
      3m 13s
    6. Integrating cross processing into a creative workflow
      5m 7s
    7. Using plug-ins to create a cross process effect
      3m 52s
  7. 22m 45s
    1. Removing color to create impact
      3m 48s
    2. Creative color reduction using Color Balance, Curves, and masking
      4m 30s
    3. Creative color reduction using Hue/Saturation, Curves, and masking
      6m 32s
    4. Multi-image project: Removing and adding color and creating a layout
      7m 55s
  8. 26m 44s
    1. Adding a sepia tone with Hue/Saturation and Soft Light
      3m 2s
    2. Improving tone and adding subtle sepia effects
      7m 43s
    3. Using Curves to create a sepia tone
      4m 48s
    4. Beach swing pt. 1: Creating a bleached contrast effect
      2m 1s
    5. Beach swing pt. 2: Adding glow
      3m 4s
    6. Beach swing pt. 3: Adding noise and final color and tone adjustments
      3m 21s
    7. Creating a sepia tone quickly with Variations
      1m 19s
    8. Using actions for a quick sepia conversion
      1m 26s
  9. 29m 10s
    1. Model portrait: Creating a muted color and contrast effect
      4m 3s
    2. Autumn leaves portrait: Muted color and tone made simple
      4m 11s
    3. Rock-star style: Putting it all together to create edgy color and tone
      6m 11s
    4. Tower Bridge: Enhancing color and tone
      2m 27s
    5. Concrete wall pt. 1: Adding color
      1m 30s
    6. Concrete wall pt. 2: Finding and installing custom fonts and brushes
      2m 48s
    7. Concrete wall pt. 3: Working with type
      3m 35s
    8. Concrete wall pt. 4: Using custom brushes
      4m 25s
  10. 12m 54s
    1. Introducing plug-ins by Nik, onOne, and Alien Skin
      40s
    2. Using onOne plug-ins
      3m 43s
    3. Using Alien Skin plug-ins
      2m 48s
    4. Using Nik plug-ins
      2m 44s
    5. Links for the color curious
      2m 59s
  11. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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