Chapter 8. Creating the Perfect Monochrome
IN THIS CHAPTER
Finding the best channel
Using the Channel Mixer to create a monochrome
Creating a monochrome in Lab mode
Desaturating color with calculations
Creating sepia tones
Using black and white
When you convert an image from color to black and white, you discard its color information. Simply changing modes doesn't always produce the best results even though the image may look spectacular in color. Sometimes the image's tonality becomes flat and really disappointing.
There are several methods for creating a better grayscale using the source channels; each method has its own particular advantages. If one technique doesn't produce brilliant results you can always try another. All offer more control and produce results that you don't get using direct grayscale conver-sion. This chapter walks you through these methods.
Choosing the Best Channel
This technique is quite easy because it involves looking at the color informa-tion in each channel and determining which one looks the best. Then there's a little bit of layer finagling that makes the image pop.
Open a full-color RGB image (see Figure 8.1). Choose Image
Click the duplicate image. Choose Window
Figure 8.1. The RGB image.
You'll find throughout the book that observing individual ...