Blueprint: Photoshop Actions for Beautiful Black and White Images

Free Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets by MCP™

Blueprint: Photoshop Actions for Beautiful Black and White Images

Whether you prefer color photos or black and white imagery, there are times where you may want a classic black and white photo.  Most photographers shoot in color, but it can be as easy as a few clicks in Photoshop to get rich monochromatic images or more subtle film like black and white conversions.  Using this color photograph submitted by Spanki Mills Photography in Texas, I will show you a few options using the MCP Fusion Photoshop action set.

Here is the straight out of camera image of a baby girl:

color image of girl on the street

Next are three conversions to black and white.  I would love to hear in the comments which you prefer most and why. The step-by-step Blueprint showing exactly what actions were used and at what opacity is listed under each photo.

 


The 1st image is meant to give a look similar to black and white film.  Lower contrast, lighter tones, very classic.

black and white film

 

This next edit used a deeper conversion with more contrast, but grayer midtones.  This gives the photo a darker overall quality.

shades of gray black and white

 

The last photo edit has a warmer toned black and white feel by combining the higher contrast Timeless with the Toned Sunkissed action using Black and White Fusion Mix and Match.

sunkissed black and white image

 

After viewing, what are your thoughts?  Which black and white look speaks to you?  What is the most visually appealing?  Taste is subjective but it is always fun to hear opinions. Thanks for your thoughts.

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