Photoshop Before and After: Silky Black and White

Hi there!  In today’s before and after, I wanted to combine two methods we’ve already looked at, creating a black and white image with a gradient map and my FREE Silky Punch action, aka a modified Orton effect.  I also added a color fill layer to warm the image up a bit.  The result is a warm, silky black and white.

Let’s get started!

Here is the original, SOOC (straight out of camera) image:


1.  I created a black to white gradient map adjustment layer (as seen here).  This turns the image black and white.


2.  I created a merged layer on top of my layer stack by hitting Ctrl/Cmd + Alt + Shift + E.  On this layer, I ran the Free Silky Punch action.  I turned down the opacity of Silky Punch to 70% and masked the effect off some of the white rocks that got too bright and ‘silky’.


3.  Then I created a Color Fill adjustment layer and set the color to #5d380f (I chose a warm brown).  I set the blending mode to Overlay and brought the opacity down to 20%.  Here are my layers:

That’s it!  Here is the After:


Such simple steps, and it gives the image a completely different feel.  Play around with opacities and colors and see what you can come up with!  I’d love to see what you create uploaded over on Polished Picture’s Facebook Page!!  Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great day!

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