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What is a good way to get a good B/W image in photoshop? I have ps7 and cant seem to get a great looking b/w image unless I go into the darkroom. There must be a way but I haven't found it. Please help....

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    What is a good way to get a good B/W image in photoshop? I have ps7 and cant seem to get a great looking b/w image unless I go into the darkroom. There must be a way but I haven't found it. Please help.
    Greg_Demack@adobeforums.com Guest

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    what do you mean by a good black and white image? do you mean on screen or in print?

    wade
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    Assuming you are working from a color image file, try a Channel Mixer adjustment layer, set to monochrome. Probably the ultimate tool is Image>Calculations, although the learning curve on Calculations is a bit steep, IMO.

    Gary
    Gary_Hummell@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Forget Calculations - its generally an old tool which does exactly what layer blend modes and opacity do, better. Unless you've still got version 3 that is

    Essentially what you are doing whenever you convert to greyscale is combining the color channels into 1 greyscale channel. You have 3 channels to use for this in RGB and LAB, and 4 in CMYK.

    The Channel Mixer adjustment layer is one good method of performing this "summary" of the color channels. Another even better and more interactive method is the Russel Brown Hue stauration layer method. I'm sure someone will explain this if your interested.

    Both these powerful greyscale conversion methods will actually give you more control than a darkroom will ever do.
    Mark_Reynolds@adobeforums.com Guest

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    I would try:
    - image/mode/greyscale
    - image/adjustments/destaurate
    - image/adjustments/hue,satuartion
    - image/adjustments/channel mixer

    In that order and see how it came out. The last 3 could be done with an adjustment layer.

    That said, a lot of dissatisfaction with B&W prints is not PS' fault, it is the inability of inkjet printers to cope. Some have more than one black cartride [i.e. some real greys], which can only help. Epson 2100? There is a new HP one with several greys.
    Colin_Walls@adobeforums.com Guest

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