Black-and-White Conversion Using Photoshop Plug-ins

In addition to the built-in Photoshop tools we have already described, there are a number of plug-ins available that do a more professional job of simulating a real monochrome photographic workflow. These include Black & White Studio from Power Retouche [83] and Exposure 2 from Alien Skin Software [56]. The Nik Software Color Efex suite [75] also includes some very nice black-and-white filters.

Black-and-White Conversions Using Silver Efex Pro

Our current favorite black-and-white conversion plug-in is Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro. We will use it to convert the photo in Figure 10-33.

We optimize our color image and make sure that the top layer (where the filter will be applied) is a pure pixel ...

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