Creating A Black And White Photograph From A Color Negative

April 30, 2019 Off By Soham Collins

Time is precious and we don’t want it to slip away that easy without taking advantage of its significance. To circumvent waste of time, Snapshot can be a great help to us.

Open your first image, in this case it’s the beach. Then open your second image (in this case, the dinosaur) and move it onto the first image, this can be done by simply dragging it with the arrow tool!

Each RGB file uses a separate grayscale Red, Green and Blue channel to map out the colors in an image. These channels are located under the channel tab in the layers palette. We want to click on each of these layers and copy and paste the information above the color image. Make sure to label them since it is easy to forget which one is which.

Often you’ll want to show a mix of different layers instead of just strictly information from a single channel. In this case you will want to paint with different levels of grey on the mask depending on how much of the layer you want to show through. Datat Masking Software themselves are a huge subject that will have to be covered separately.

First, open the image you would like to work on and add a new layer. You can add a new layer from the menu via the path Layer>New>Layer or you can click on the icon below the red arrow in the image to the right. Once the new layer is added, you can name it by right clicking on the layer and selecting Layer Properties. Naming each layer will help keep you organized; especially when you are working on projects with several layers.

Channel Mixer: There is also the channel mixer, which allows you to mix the information from each layer in different percentages. I use this technique a decent amount.

Whether you are making sure to get the right shot when you take the photo or if you are fixing it later in Photoshop, one thing is for sure, the more you practice with all of these tools the faster you will have images on par with a professional photographer.