troubleshooting Question

Color portraits to black-and-white: settings?

Avatar of Galisteo8
Galisteo8 asked on
Web Graphics Software
11 Comments3 Solutions444 ViewsLast Modified:
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!

--Galisteo8
ASKER CERTIFIED SOLUTION
Log in to continue reading
Become an EE member today7-DAY FREE TRIAL
Members can start a 7-Day Free trial then enjoy unlimited access to the platform for $9.99/mo
View membership options
Unlock 3 Answers and 11 Comments.
or
Learn why we charge membership fees
We get it - no one likes a content blocker. Take one extra minute and find out why we block content.
See how we're fighting big data
The Value of Experts Exchange in My Daily IT Life

Experts Exchange (EE) has become my company's go-to resource to get answers. I've used EE to make decisions, solve problems and even save customers. OutagesIO has been a challenging project and... Keep reading >>

Mike

Owner of Outages.IO
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Member Since 2016
Join a full scale community that combines the best parts of other tools into one platform.
Unlock 3 Answers and 11 Comments.
View membership options
“All of life is about relationships, and EE has made a virtual community a real community. It lifts everyone's boat.”
William Peck

Member since 2004