Creating and Improving Grayscale Images
Using the BarrysGrayscaleOptions Action Script

Below are some of the issues this training video will cover. How to set up each step and why particular choices are made is also discussed:

This training video covers each of these areas in detail:

A. My recommended process for creating a grayscale from B&W film, positive transparency, color negative film or a digital camera source.
B. Why you do Overall Color Correction first, that is unless your original image was a black and white.
C. Discussion of the common ways people convert to grayscale along with advantages and disadvantages of each.
D. How to add my BarrysGrayscaleOptions action to the Actions palette.
E. How to change this action's function key.
F. Getting your image ready to run this action.
G. Running BarrysGrayscaleOptions and understanding the messages at the end of the action script.
H. Comparing Image/Mode/Grayscale to Lightness and getting the best parts of each.
I. Comparing step I to the Red channel of Channel Mixer. Adding the Red Channel components you like using a soft white brush in the Red Channel Layer Mask. My Airbrush 7% option and using it to improve this image. Changing brush size on the fly.
J. Using the History palette to undo mistakes.
K. Adding selected parts of the Green channel.
L. Adding areas where the blue channel improves your grayscale image.
M. Changing the Opacity of a layer, by typing numbers, to blend the effects of two different grayscale conversion methods.
N. Using the Open Shadows layer to bring out shadow details in selected areas.
O. Adding Highlight details and darkening highlights using the DarkenHighlights layer. Once the mask is made, adjusting the DarkenHighlights curve to darken or lighten all changed areas.
P. Comparing this technique to using the Shadow/Highlight tool and learning how this technique gives you a lot more subtle and specific control than the Shadow/Highlight tool.
Q. Using the Increase Midtone Contrast adjustment layer to fix parts of your grayscale image that may have had more contrast in the color version or your image due to differences in color.
R. Using the Burn and Dodge layer for the final touches to your grayscale image creation. Changing the Brush flow from 7% to 4% when making subtle changes using a black or white brush with this layer.
S. Looking at my final version of the Saturnina Grayscale image and discussing what I did to improve it.
T. How to remove shadow noise or gain by burning in or darkening your blacks.
U. Printing with the Epson drivers verses ImagePrint.
V. A discussion about the custom ArtistryPhotographyMenus and how to install them into Photoshop CS2.


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