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True Black and White Tutorial by Oni-mt True Black and White Tutorial by Oni-mt
Please go try this
i know its a few more steps than desaturation
but this is how you do a conversion to black and white without loosing any levels

if you just desaturate...it looks bad when you put it beside this
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:iconpigmenius:
Pigmenius Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Awesome, thank you very much! :)
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Berryz1cute Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow thank you! Now I don't have to search for black&white stock images, I can make my own :]
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DoctoramalL Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010   General Artist
coooooooooooool
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DoctoramalL Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010   General Artist
Love this tutorial!!
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:iconreverendh:
reverendh Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Really good tutorial
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:iconmanuss:
manuss Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Student Interface Designer
awesome, clean and easy :)
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:iconjarecki-pl:
jarecki-pl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
brilliant
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:icondev1n:
dev1n Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
Thank you, it realy helps)))
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:iconkostiss:
KostisS Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
Great technique! Gives excellent results, kind of preserves the contrast.
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:iconcarrie7287:
carrie7287 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Thank you so much!
[link]
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:icononi-mt:
Oni-mt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
glad it helped
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elroyhavoc Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Hey man, I've followed your tutorial on three of my most recent photos, and the results have been FANTASTIC! Thank you so much! Here are the links. :D

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:icononi-mt:
Oni-mt Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
great job
good work
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:iconelroyhavoc:
elroyhavoc Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
thanks again. :D
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:icontheon3leftbehind:
TheOn3LeftBehind Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Great tutorial!
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:iconinquisitive42:
Inquisitive42 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Student General Artist
This really does work well! It looks way better than desaturating. Thanks for the tutorial!
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:iconpattrusky:
pattrusky Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
very useful thank U!
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
This has been featured in my news article Photography Basics - Artistic Nude Style!.

:aww: :heart:
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:iconfiredance99:
firedance99 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
it looks like its got so much more depth!
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:iconrahxy:
Rahxy Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow. I've always been pretty turned off by most black and white photos, because it just doesn't have that spark that RGB photos have. But this looks really stunning! I can't wait to try it! :D
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:icononi-mt:
Oni-mt Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
let me know how it goes ^__^
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:iconaliendan:
AlienDan Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008   Photographer
Nice, it does look a lot better!
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:icononi-mt:
Oni-mt Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
its the best method to get clean results thats forsure
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LuneBleu Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hello :aww:

Your Tutorial is being featured on my News Article right here [link]
Thank you so much for sharing :heart:
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crazykira Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
Hi ,you've been featured in this news article
http://news.deviantart.com/article/39459/

thanks a lot for sharing
:blowkiss:
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:icononi-mt:
Oni-mt Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
thanks ^____^
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:iconleavened:
leavened Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
Or you can just adjust the levels...
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:icononi-mt:
Oni-mt Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
that looks bad though
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:iconleavened:
leavened Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
depends on how much you do it, nice tut thoug...
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Professional Photographer
Hi :)

This is featured in my latest news article, The basics of artistic photography, which you can read HERE.

Thank you for making something so fabulous.

:heart:
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:icononi-mt:
Oni-mt Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
thank you for the extra coverage ^___^
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:iconzougeiro:
Zougeiro Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Quick easy and helpful. Thanks. ^^; Now if only I had photoshop.
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:icononi-mt:
Oni-mt Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
LOL
i just download everything these days
not really that hard lol
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:iconzougeiro:
Zougeiro Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Dunno where you could get it because they caught onto the '111ect' and '000ect' cheat code.
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:icononi-mt:
Oni-mt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
you need to get a crack for it lol
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:iconrmford:
rmford Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I much prefer a dual hue/saturation layer setup, as you can set a 'filter' colour, much like as you would with a coloured filter over a lens shooting black and white film.

I can run through the steps if you'd like, or i might do my own tute at some point.
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:icononi-mt:
Oni-mt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
i prefer this way
its simple and effective
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:iconrmford:
rmford Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
To each their own :)
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gozzzzilla Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
but the problem is when you save...
i've tried .. whit your tutorial you can save only psd or raw ... not jpeg..

but really appreciated the differences between this two method!


(my english suks! :D)
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:icononi-mt:
Oni-mt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
after you convert it black and white in lab color
change it back to grayscale mode then back to rgb
then you can save ad a jpeg
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:icongozzzzilla:
gozzzzilla Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007
yeah! thank you so much!

(it's the same thing that i do .. but not sure of the results)
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mfr751 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent. Thanks for the tip! I myself always switched to grayscale or tried desaturating, but then had to adjust curves anyway.
So, I took one photo switched it to grayscale, and I tried your method. I put them side by side, and indeed your method is much better. ;) :+fav:
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Oni-mt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
glad it helped ^__^
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greenspoon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice tutorial. I didn't know you could do it this way. I usually just use a black/white gradient map and adjust the levels. This works much better.

Thanx for this :)
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:icononi-mt:
Oni-mt Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
yeah np
glad to be of help
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Kiwistem Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
What's the quality difference on this versus just setting your camera to black and white mode? I've got a friend that's crazy for B&W photography, is she losing quality by just setting it to B&W on the camera, rather than taking it normally, and doing it later?
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Oni-mt Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
i would always stay on color mode on a digital camera
that way if you choose to keep it color you can later on
she wont loose much...but she is losing a bit of quality
the only thing that ever takes perfect pictures in black and white is a film camera with b&w film
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Kiwistem Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
Thanks!
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fongsaunder Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007  Hobbyist
Sweet, what advantages does this have over just normally grayscaling your image?
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:icononi-mt:
Oni-mt Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
you keep all your levels
whereas grayscaling the picture makes you lose a lot of levels
try grayscaling a picture then do my tutorial to the same picture
when you compare them you will see the difference
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