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Converting a Photo to Black-and-White
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Converting a Color Photo to Black-and-White
Using a Black-and-White Adjustment Layer
Tutorial written in Adobe Photoshop CS5 on a Mac running OS X Lion
Adjustments layers are great because they leave your photo in its original state and apply the effects to a separate layer. You can always delete an adjustment layer and your photo remains untouched! There are adjustment layers for Exposure, Color Balance, Hue and Saturation, Vibrance, and many more. Today, I am going to show you how you can convert a color photo into a black-and-white using the Black and White Adjustment Layer.
Let's start by opening up a photo.
Next, let's add a Black and White Adjustment Layer by going to the top of our screen and selecting "Layer" from our menu. Scroll down to "New Adjustment Layer" and then scroll to "Black and White."
An Adjustment Panel will pop up, and you will see the adjustment layer added to your Layers Palette above your photo. Look how nice the photo looks already! Sometimes the default Black and White is all you need, but we are going to tweak it a bit.
Now, let's click on the Inside Photo button on the top left of the Adjustments pane. This allows us to click inside the actual photo and drag either left (darker) or right (lighter) to adjust the photo!
Now, click on your actual photo and drag to the left or right and notice the changes, also move your cursor to different locations on the photo and drag from left to right. You will notice that the sliders in the Adjustment pane will move as you move your cursor.
There are several Black and White presets available. Click the arrow next to the Default drop-down at the top of your Adjustment pane. A drop-down will appear with several different presets you can try out on your photo. I tried the "Infrared" preset below and got an interesting effect.
Next, let's check the Tint box; the default is a sepia tone. This is a great way to add an aged look to your photo. If you click on the little color box next to "Tint," it will bring up your Color Picker.
You can then adjust the color of your tint; usually the tints are a bit strong so you can adjust to your liking.
Next, let's add a Vignette to our photo by using a Gradient Overlay. Click on the fx button at the bottom of your Layers Palette. Scroll down and choose "Gradient Overlay."
Choose "Black to Transparent" in the Gradient type drop-down and choose "Radial" in the Style box.
Increase the "Scale," check the "Reverse" box, and adjust the Opacity until you are happy with the results.
Until next time, Happy photo editing!
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Family Bake-off Competition
Tutorial written using Photoshop CS5 on Windows 7
Does your family do anything fun together that is scrap-worthy? As the memory-keepers of our families, we sometimes forget to scrap the events in our lives that weave the fabric of our family.
A tradition that we have in our family is Family Home Evening. It is held each Monday evening. Together, we sing, pray, learn about the Scriptures, maybe play a game, and we always have treats.
A few weeks ago, I came up with the idea of a family bake-off competition – you know, like the competitions that are on TV, where there are teams, required ingredients that must be used in a recipe, and a time limit. Well, using my mom-intuition, I compiled the teams (I admit – it was carefully crafted so that my team players would work best together and be able to complete the assignment). I scribbled out several strips of paper with a different ingredient on each piece. My ingredients included:
(Note: I only included items I had on hand. This is rather important, unless you have really nice neighbors... or if you think about this event in advance and make a grocery shopping trip.) This was not a premeditated event (unless you call coming up with the brilliant plan approximately five minutes before it began as premeditated).
Each team chose three ingredients and got to work. I allowed them to use the Internet to come up with their recipes. (Hooray for ingredient searches!)
Team 1 chose coconut, marshmallows, and nuts as their main ingredients. They made this delicious, coconut-filled chocolate cake, topped with an almondy-chocolate glaze. (I must sit here for a minute while I dream about the chocolatey deliciousness that this cake was.) It was truly amazing. If you love Almond Joy candy bars –this cake is absolutely for you.
Coconut Chocolate Cake (from www.allrecipes.com)
1 (18.25 ounces) package chocolate cake mix with pudding
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
24 large marshmallows
1 (14 ounces) package coconut
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped almonds
1. Mix cake according to package directions. Grease two 13x9x2-inch baking pans. Line bottom and sides of one pan with waxed paper; spray with nonstick cooking spray. Divide batter among pans. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. Cool.
2. In a saucepan, bring sugar and milk to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and stir in marshmallows until smooth. Add coconut. Spread over cake in pan without waxed paper. Using paper to hold, remove second cake from pan, carefully turn over and place on top of filling; remove paper.
3. In another saucepan, bring sugar, milk, and butter to a boil. Remove from heat; add chips and stir until smooth. Add nuts. Pour over cake; cool to room temperature. Chill overnight.
Team 2 chose cinnamon, peanut butter, and chocolate as their main ingredients. Channeling her hours of watching Cupcake Wars, my daughter created a cinnamon-swirl cupcake with peanut butter chocolate frosting. Yum! Completely delicious.
Cinnamon Swirl Cake (from www.cooks.com)
1 box yellow cake mix
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup water
1 cup oil
2 tablespoons cinnamon
6 tablespoons brown sugar
Mix first four ingredients. Add eggs one at a time. Beat well with electric mixer. Pour half the batter in bundt cake pan. Meanwhile, mix 2 tablespoons cinnamon and 6 tablespoons brown sugar. Sprinkle half the mixture over half the batter in pan. Add rest of cake dough, sprinkle rest of sugar mixture on top, swirl the dough with a knife. Put in 350-degree Fahrenheit oven. Bake 45 minutes. Do not open the door until 45 minutes is up. (It took 60 minutes baking time).
(Cupcakes were baked for approximately 18 minutes)
Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cream or evaporated milk
Cream together peanut butter and cocoa. Add powdered sugar, salt, vanilla. Add enough cream to spread.
As the judge, I found it impossible to judge between the two teams. Luckily, the competition ended in a tie – and we all had two amazingly delicious desserts to eat that evening.
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