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Photoshop Tutorial ~ Black and White Done Right

Hey there,

I'm back with another recipe to share. 

Check out the transformation on this image. Simply mouse over to see the before.  Pretty cool, don't you think?

There's something so beautiful about 2 people holding hands!

Let's get started with our.....

Day 3 Recipe -  Black & white Done Right

Layer 1
So for this image I duplicated the background layer.  Did you know you can type control j to duplicate a layer? 
Then I applied a gaussian blur filter to the duplicate layer at about 45 pixels.  You may have noticed I use the blur filter a lot!!
I removed the blur from their hands and arms and lowered the opacity of the layer to 84%.

Layer 2, 3 & 4
Then to convert this image to a fabulous black and white I added 3 black to white gradient map adjustment layers.  I set the first layer at normal blending mode 100%, the second layer at soft light 100% and the third layer at screen 65%. 

Layer 5 & 6
Create a new layer: Then select a soft round brush and a light grey shade and painted over Alannah's shorts to soften the color.  I set the blending mode to soft light.  That wasn't quite soft enough so I duplicated the layer.

Layer 7
Next I added a solid color adjustment layer in white, set to soft light at 100%.

Layer 8
Time for our texture:  I used the texture 'frosted' for this image.  It's part of the baker's dozen collection, which you can find here.  There's something about it that seems to work magic for me.  I set the blending mode to multiply and lowered the opacity to 51%.  I added a layer mask and removed the texture from the hands and arms.

Layer  9
Duplicated Layer 8 and change the blending mode to soft light and the opacity to 75%.

Layer 10 & 11
I added the text 'all because two people fell in love" using the font vt portable remington which i downloaded from and set the blending mode to soft light.  I wanted it to be a little darker so I duplicated the layer.


That's that my friends.  It's all in the layers!  :)

I hope you have a fantastic Wednesday.  See you back here tomorrow for the day 4 recipe.


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Reader Comments (20)

this is really fabulous.

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Tea

you have been a computer "whore" lately...she said with the biggest heart and in the most loving of do you do it ?

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbeth

wowza...i am totally digging all your recipes and can't wait to play more with my photos. just wanna say THANK YOU!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentererin

wow wow wow fantastic what can i say

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Box of Chocolates

Thank you, Sweet Kim, for this great recipe. You are the best...I loved playing and I just marvel at all the little things you do that just take things up a notch! So fun!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSherrie

Another glorious recipe

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

so, after my b&w post on MM you offer up this recipe?
Of course now I will have to try this. :)
thanks a bunch
♥ maureen

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen @ Cottage 960

Kim, I absolutely love the way you transform your photos into such wonderful images. I have tried playing around, following your tutorials and can't get the B&W thing to work. I have Photoshop CS7 and there is no B&W option, I have tried grayscale and hue/sat and can't get the brush to bring up the color. Am I out of luck? Anyway, I am enjoying myself and learning a lot inspite of the difficulties. OH, did I mention that your textures are awsome?

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermadelincwolf

thanks so much for sharing! i'm a hand-holder-lover, so i agree with you...there's something wonderful about holding hands! :)

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

hey Kim! Loved this one for Black and White too! I have a question tho.."Layer 5 & 6
I then selected a soft round brush and a light grey shade and painted over Alannah's shorts to soften the color. I set the blending mode to soft light..." So are these new adjustment layers? Cause I'm at layer 4 and I don't know where to brush. The
I don't have the 'baker's dozen', so I used 'distressed skies', is that close enough?! :)
I'll post it tomorrow. Thanks!!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Hey Kelly
oh thanks for asking. i just changed the wording.
what you do is create a new layer, then start 'painting'.
so that's layer 5 and then a duplicate layer would be layer 6.... make sense? i'm so glad you asked....

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim Klassen

gorgeous - loving this recipe series!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChar

Loving-loving these recipes. I did the BW Gaussian Blur--so-so fun! I posted it on my blog if you wanna look!

You are amazing Kim! Thank you...


August 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfollowingsplendor

wow I love this photo, and can't wait to try something inspired by it. I just blogged about someone I read about on your blog and was so inspired by, Julie Legg. I hope you stop in and read it.

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMY NAME IS Claudia Finn

Oh my goodness!!! This is just phenomenal!!!

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

Hi Kim, You are so generous & kind to share like this, thank you. I knew nothing about Photoshop before , everything I know now is learnt from you & your wonderful tutorials and recipes. I'd like to buy some of your textures. A bit nervous as I haven't done this before via the internet/paypal, but I'm sure it's all safe.

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLake Lifestyle....

You are SO it.
And you are so sweet to share your recipes as well.

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkelly@thebluemuse

Thank you for sharing your techniques. I have just begun playing with Photoshop and your recipes are low cal and very fulfilling.

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRuffHaven

Very nicely done!

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonica de Moss

Wow like this black and white effects on pics i like to try it on my pics.
Thanks for a interesting post with us,I like this blog.

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBusiness Logo Design

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