Black and White to make better Colour Pictures


posted on 15th of october, 2007

It sounds paradoxical but a good black and white version of your colour picture can make the colour picture better.

For a good black and white picture is one which has good contrasts (global and local) and reveals lots of textures, wherever these matter to the composition in the picture.

Now this can contribute to a better colour picture if we can extract these contrasts and textures for the colour picture.

And this can be done rather easily.

Simply make a copy of the black and white picture as a layer on top of your colour picture.

Then switch the blending mode to Luminosity and adjust Opacity to taste.

And you can try other blending modes too, like Soft Light, or Multiply or Screen.

Comments (2)

Posted by Omegatransfer on November 06, 2007
Thanks 4 this tip! Will try it tonight!
Posted by Psalm113v9 on October 15, 2007
I just tried this method on a photo and It really does help bring out some of the colors. I will try the soft light next on some of my granddaughters photos. Thanks for the tip!



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