A Little Color for Black and White
Many times, the image can be completed, just like thisbut there are times where you can add just a little bit of color to finish the effect. Now, I’m not really talking about a big bold splash of colornor a selective colorization of something. Create a Photo Filter layer on top of all of the layers you have in your document. By default, the layer will automatically add a warming filter to the image. From there, click on the swatch icon in the palette, and you’ll have the option of changing the color of the filter. I tend to make the hue of the slider a little blue, but select a swatch that is very close to dark gray colors, along the lower-left portion of the Saturation box. This little soft addition of a gray can give a nice artistic touch to the image without screaming duotone too much.
More recently, I’ve been experimenting with HDR and how that applies to color. But, did you know that you can use HDR and make an incredible black and white image? The tones that you can make are just awesome; make sure you stop in for the next article where we do just that.