I need to convert digital color portraits into black and white images for a publisher. I do not want to simply convert them to grayscale, but would rather manipulate them so that they have the same kind of tonal quality and range as if the pictures had been taken with black and white film.
I know I can do this with Paintshop Pro (or Photoshop, of course), but what I would like to know is... what is a good recommended procedure/settings for doing this with portraits of people, as opposed to landscape images?
My main concern is that skin tones don't get washed out, but most suggestions I have found for converting to black and white tend to look great for "Ansel Adams" landscapes, but render inaccurate tones for indoor pictures of people. I want to know what are good baseline procedures and settings for most portraits, and then I can tinker from there.
Thanks to anyone who can help!