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Old 01-04-2012, 12:58   #1 (permalink)
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B&W edit or grayscale

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If I want to print a colour photo in B&W, is it best to convert in the editing program or just print to grayscale in the printer options?

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Re: B&W edit or grayscale

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Better to convert it to B&W first in my opinion otherwise.

You will be able to increase the contrast and deepen the image before you convert and then print.
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Re: B&W edit or grayscale

Agree with Jason. Using an editing program will enable you to fine tune any tones that when converted look very similar so will not separate properly. In extreme cases this can lead to large areas of a picture apparently having no detail and/or can merge (for instance) a river and the grassy banks.

Here is an example. I converted this image to mono and then felt the need to clone out the boat as the river had disappeared. Well, I knew it was there, but would anyone else?



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Re: B&W edit or grayscale

Another thing to consider is that B&W photography with film cameras commonly used colour filters to alter the way the film responded to certain colours to enable more distinctive B&W contrasting 'colours'.

This nowadays can be mostly reproduced in editing, with a few exceptions, but if you use some of the more common photo editing software packages that have built in presets for conversion to B&W these tend to increase the colours commonly use in the 'old' filter method such as red, green, etc.

Even using good old Picasa might give some better conversion.

I cheat and use a plug in for PS called Silver Effects Pro.
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