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An alternative way to make a black and white photo in Photoshop, NOT just by clicking Mode -> Grayscale. Check inside for more detail.
The original color photo was taken at Wat Sam Kor Temple, Chacheongsao, Thailand during my friend's ordination.
Normally if you only choose Mode -> Grayscale, you can only get a Black and White image like this, the resulting color is too flat.
By using the alternative way, you can make a photo like this.
First: Choose Image -> Adjustment -> Hue/Saturation Setting, set it to -100%.
Second: Choose Image -> Adjustment -> Levels, choose the "Set black point" and choose a dark area on your photo, see how the overall color changes. In this ...
Same as previous step, Set the White Point. This time I choose the left arm of the other monk (right hand side of the photo).
Add some noise from the Filter menu, I use about 25 in this image, and choose also "monochromatic" at the Add Noise dialog box.
Under the menu Select -> All, then Select -> Modify -> Border, this time I choose 50, but it depends on the size of your photo. Then choose ...
Choose Image -> Adjustment -> Curve, darken the border area.
The finished image is like a developed B/W using old film.
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