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Convert to black and white with our Photoshop plugin dedicated to black and white conversion using a digital darkroom. Converting to black and white with all the controls of the darkroom and film sensitivities is easy with our Photoshop plugin. Multigrade, film sensitivity, etc. is integrated in the BW Studio Photoshop plugin. Convert photos to black and white with out BW conversion Photoshop plugin. Convert to black and white with our black and white converter Photoshop plugin dedicated to black and white conversion using a digital darkroom. Converting to black and white with all the controls of the darkroom and film sensitivities is easy with our Photoshop plugin.

The left side is the original. Right side is filtered with the plugin.Convert to black and white with our Photoshop plugin

This Photoshop plugin dedicated to black and white conversion turns Photoshop into a digital darkroom for black and white. Use the light sensitivity of films (Tri-X, etc) for exact greyscale conversion. Multigrade, exposure stops and colored lens-filters have been copied in this digital darkroom.

Windows version is for all versions of Photoshop, Elements, Fireworks, Paint Shop Pro, Corel Draw,
Illustrator and other software that supports Photoshop plugins. See list.
Adjust amount of equalization in lights, midtones and darks Mac version is for Photoshop CS3 and later and Elements and is universal only.

 

Black and White conversion studio

The plugins are for both OSX and Classic
The plugins are for all versions of windows

Benefits
of the plugin

A digital darkroom to convert color photography to black and white photography A black and white converter.
Light sensitivity of professional films (Kodak Tri-X, T-MAX, etc.) preset Light sensitivity of professional films (Kodak Tri-X, T-MAX, etc.) preset.
Define your own light sensitivity curves - and save them for later Define your own light sensitivity curves - and save them for later.
Color-filters (like camera-filters: yellow, orange, etc.) Color-filters (like camera-filters: yellow, orange, etc.).
Multigrade range 00 to 5 - with en extra step at each end Multigrade range 00 to 5 - with an extra step at each end.
Exposure equivalent to f-stops Exposure equivalent to f-stops.
Highlight and shadow control Highlight and shadow control.
Zone adjustments - three zones available with eyedroppers and zone width option Zone adjustments - three zones available with color pickers and zone width option

The Black & White Studio plugin works with these image modes (Windows and Mac)...
8 & 16 bit / channel: RGB, Grayscale, Duotone, CMYK

Tutorial

Tutorial as pdf

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Convert to black and white with our Photoshop plugin dedicated to black and white conversion using a digital darkroom. Converting to black and white with all the controls of the darkroom and film sensitivities is easy with our Photoshop plugin. Multigrade, film sensitivity, etc. is integrated in the BW Studio Photoshop plugin. Convert photos to black and white with our black and white converter Photoshop plugin.

Black & White Studio
controls

Click to see the Black and White Studio plugin at full sizeThis is the Black and White Studio plugins control panel (Windows). The control panel and preview area can be changed by dragging the sides.
Actually the plug-in has so many filter options, that we had to arrange them on two "pages" in the Windows version and on three in the Mac version You change "page" with a click.

The plugin has four groups of filter-controls:
Lens-filters = Colored lens filters, like yellow, orange, etc.
Film = Film spectral sensitivity w. preset films.
Print = Multigrade, exposure, contrast, etc.
Zones = Three selectable and adjustable zones

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Convert to black and white with our Photoshop plugin dedicated to black and white conversion using a digital darkroom. Converting to black and white with all the controls of the darkroom and film sensitivities is easy with our Photoshop plugin. Multigrade, film sensitivity, etc. is integrated in the BW Studio Photoshop plugin. Convert photos to black and white with our black and white converter Photoshop plugin.

Example -
The plugins Tri-X filter

Spectrum converted to grayscale with the Kodak Tri-X setting

The Photoshop plugin can convert colors to black & white with the light-sensitivity of professional films.

It has the most popular films from Kodak, Ilford and Agfa.

How the plugin filters the photo PowerRetouche Photoshop plugins tutorial
  

Convert to black and white with our Photoshop plugin dedicated to black and white conversion using a digital darkroom. Converting to black and white with all the controls of the darkroom and film sensitivities is easy with our Photoshop plugin. Multigrade, film sensitivity, etc. is integrated in the BW Studio Photoshop plugin. Convert photos to black and white with our black and white converter Photoshop plugin.


Tutoriel for the PowerRetouche Black and White photography Studio plugin for Photoshop and other photo-software


 

Create Stunning Black and White Pictures with our Photoshop plugin

 

 

If you want to see the original color photo, click here.

 

The Lens Color Filters

Lens color filter



The Film page also houses the color filters.

Convert to black and white with our Photoshop plugin dedicated to black and white conversion using a digital darkroom. Converting to black and white with all the controls of the darkroom and film sensitivities is easy with our Photoshop plugin. Multigrade, film sensitivity, etc. is integrated in the BW Studio Photoshop plugin. Convert photos to black and white with our black and white converter Photoshop plugin.

The Lens color-filter controlsThe Color Filters popup menu has the seven primary colors preset.

Strength will set the saturation of the color-filter. The selected color and strength will be displayed in the colored rectangle. You can set the filter-color to any of about 1000 different colors with the slider. After you have clicked on the slider, you can move it with the left/right arrow keys on the keyboard for accuracy (this keyboard adjustment is possible with all sliders).

Lens color filter examples

The following examples show the seven preset filter-colors at their full strength. They were all converted with the neutral Perceptual Luminance method.

The original photo
Original photo

No color-filter - converted with perceptual luminance method
No color-filter

Magenta filter
Magenta filter

Blue filter
Blue filter

Cyan filter
Cyan filter

Green filter
Green filter

Yellow filter
Yellow filter

Orange filter
Orange filter

Red filter
Red filter

 

Film Spectral Sensitivity

Color Sensitivity
& Film Presets

The Black and White plugins film light-sensitivity controls and the preset filmsThese seven sliders let you determine the sensitivity to the range of light wavelengths centered round the the specified color. The wavelengths specified represent the pure color at the center. Magenta is not a pure wavelength, hence its value (400) is in brackets. In color theory one operates with the term "purple line" to handle the purple colors that appear as unique colors to the human eye, but in reality are a mixture of the red and blue ends of the spectrum. Since they are a mixture, there is no wavelength to represent them. We placed magenta at the ultraviolet end of the spectrum since it's more akin to visible violet than invisible infrared.

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The Film type presets lets you quickly set the seven sliders to an equivalent of some popular professional films.

In addition we have added orthochromatic, panchromatic and perceptual luminance. Perceptual luminance is calculated according to the CIE Luv norm and is considered a neutral conversion. Orthochromatic and Panchromatic are based on generic spectral sensitivity charts from Kodak, Ilford etc.

Please see some examples below.

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Examples of converting a digital spectrum

When we chose the films to emulate, we were guided by a wish to cover the large variations in sensitivity to green and red. Where the green sensitivity was the same, like with TRI-X and APX100, they were selected to cover the range of different sensitivity to blue and red. You will notice Tri-X is slightly less sensitive to green than APX, so Tri-X ought to be placed after APX. But the difference in green sensitivity is small (5 %) and we wanted to group those with low sensitivity to red and blue together, so APX belongs together with HP5, DELTA 100 and PAN F. T400CN should also be in this group, but its sensitivity to green made us place it above Tri-X. This way we also managed to keep the film-brands together (TMAX, T400CN and TRI-X are from Kodak, APX is from Agfa and the rest are from Ilford).

Film

Filtered digital spectrum 

Panchromatic

Panchromatic filter (Power Retouche)

Orthochromatic

Orthochromatic filter (Power Retouche)

Perceptual Luminance

Perceptual Luminance filter (CIE Luv)

TMAX

TMAX filter

T400CN

T400CN filter

TRI-X

Tri-X filter

APX 100

APX 100 filter

HP5+

HP5+ filter

DELTA 100

DELTA 100 filter

PAN F+

PAN F+ filter

 

Examples of converting a photo

Here is a nice image showing a full range of colors.

In the following examples we filtered it with some of the plug-in's different film presets.

In all cases the other settings were set to default (off).

Convert to black and white with our Photoshop plugin dedicated to black and white conversion using a digital darkroom. Converting to black and white with all the controls of the darkroom and film sensitivities is easy with our Photoshop plugin. Multigrade, film sensitivity, etc. is integrated in the BW Studio Photoshop plugin. Convert photos to black and white with our black and white converter Photoshop plugin.

Original

Panchromatic
Panchromatic

Orthochromatic
Orthochromatic

Perceptual luminance
Perceptual luminance

TMAX
TMAX

T400CN
T400CN

TRI-X
TRI-X

APX 100
APX 100

HP5+
HP5+

DELTA 100
DELTA 100

PAN F+
PAN F+

 
 

The plug-ins "Print" controls

 

Print controls

The plugins Print controls emulate Multigrade, Exposure etc. very truthfully

Grouped under the heading "Print" you will find all the classic darkroom print techniques such as multigrade, exposure, highlight correction, shadow correction, etc. Plus a few extra.

As you will see from the examples below, the multigrade levels and exposure stops are extremely truthful.

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Color

If you check this box, the filter does not convert to black and white, but instead let's you see and edit the original color mage. The black & white film emulations do of course not make sense as such in color-mode, but you can still use the film sensitivity sliders to control how bright you want the individual colors.

 

Multigrade

 

Examples of the plug-ins multigrade filtering

The plug-in can do all the multigrade levels. Traditional multigrade paper ranges from 00 to 5. The plug-in has these levels and even an extra one in either end. Since the slider can't display 00 (or our extra 000), we have decided to designate 000 as -2 and 00 as -1. Level 2 and 3 are the normal levels suited for most images.

In the following examples of how the plug-in does multigrade, we filtered the photo using the neutral method Perceptual Luminance and only changed the multigrade settings.

Please observe that both the high degree of tonal variation as well as the delicate grays typical of paper multigrade are preserved throughout, even at the the extreme ends.

Multigrade 000
- 2 (our 000)

Multigrade 00
- 1 (00)

Multigrade 0
0

Multigrade 1
1

Multigrade 2
2

Multigrade 3
3

Multigrade 4
4

Multigrade 5
5

Multigrade 6
6

 

Exposure

 

Examples of exposure filtering compared to Fuji standards

The Exposure slider is carefully calibrated to do the same as regular exposure stops (see examples below). The slider allows from minus 1 1/3 to plus 1 1/3 stops. The exposure slider designates steps of 1/3 with the value 0.33, 2/3 with 0.66 etc.

The Fuji chart is mainly concerned with push processing, but third column illustrates normal exposure bracketing and is used for the following. See the full size chart here if you want to verify these examples for yourself. [Scanned from: Fuji Pro-Value, August 2001, vol. 6].

Exposure

Fuji standard

Fuji's color standards (left) converted to gray with Perceptual Luminance

Normal exposure color photo (see below)
corrected with
the plug-in


+ 2/3

Fuji example of overexposing two thirds stop

Plain conversion of Fujis example

PR overexposure of the normal image by two thirds stop


+ 1/3

Fuji example of overexposing one third stop

Plain B/W conversion of Fujis example

PR overexposure of the normal image by one third stop


Normal exposure

Fuji example of normal exposure

PR plain conversion of normal exposure


<<< This is the color photo used for our exposure corrections. To distinguish the plug-in versions from the "real" versions, observe the fold.


- 1/3

Fuji example of underexposing one third stop

Plain B/W conversion of Fuji example to the left

PR underexposure of normal image by one third stop


- 2/3

Fuji example of underexposing two thirds stop

Plain B/W conversion of Fuji example to the left

PR underexposure of normal image by two thirds stop


- 1

Fuji example of underexposing one full stop

Plain B/W conversion of Fuji example to the left

PR underexposure of normal image by one stop

 

Contrast



Darks & Lights

Contrast is somewhat similar to multigrade, but multigrade has more focus on hardness and softness than contrast as such. It's nice to be able to adjust contrast independently of the grade of the paper since combinations of low multigrade with raised contrast (or the reverse) can give nice results.

The plug-in lets you adjust darks and lights independently.


Original


Perceptual Luminance only.


Dark Contrast max.


Dark and Light Contrast max.

 

Balance

Balance changes the ratio between the amount of light and the amount of dark in the image.


60


128


170

 

Highlights &
Shadows

These two sliders let you change the brightness of highlights and/or shadows.

These examples were all converted with Perceptual Luminance, -1/3 ev. and cyan filter at full strength.

All settings were identical except for the specified single change.

Very charming results can be achieved by lowering the shadows and raising the highlights since this will raise contrast and improve modeling, while leaving all the mid tones unchanged.

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Highlights +70, Shadows -100


Highlights +100


Highlights -100


Shadows +70


Shadows -100

 

Highlight alert & Black alert

These will mark clipping with a contrast color in the preview.

 

Saturate Blacks & Black Soft Threshold

Saturate blacks is a modified (monochrome adapted) version the Power Retouche Black Definition plug-in. In effect it will darken or brighten the shades darker than Black Soft Threshold.


plain


100 %, thresh. 64


100 %, thresh. 128


100 %, thresh. 192

 

 

The Zone Controls

The Zones

Selecting the Zones controls-page will change the control panel. to a page that gives you three selectable zones (A,B and C) like the one shown here. The three zones are independent.

You select the eyedropper tool (click on the icon) to pick the zones main value in the preview window. When the zone is selected by clicking in the preview with the eyedropper, the eyedropper tool will revert to the hand, and a colored cross will be placed where you clicked.

Convert to black and white with our Photoshop plugin dedicated to black and white conversion using a digital darkroom. Converting to black and white with all the controls of the darkroom and film sensitivities is easy with our Photoshop plugin. Multigrade, film sensitivity, etc. is integrated in the BW Studio Photoshop plugin. Convert photos to black and white with our black and white converter Photoshop plugin.

Zone markers

The crosses will reflect the color of the little rectangle next to "Mask Zone". If you select Mask Zone, then all areas within the zone will be colored (in the preview only). This is an aid in setting the spread of the zone. "Spread Zone" will widen the zone inclusion an equal number of value levels on either side of the selected point, so make sure you select the mid value of the zone.

Contrast, Brightness and Balance operate exactly as the same controls do in the general Studio group of controls, but do so within the limits of the zone.

Balance and Brightness might seem to do the same at first, but they don't. Brightness raises or lowers the overall value. Balance shifts the midpoint of the zone to a value that's either brighter (hence darkening the zone) or darker (hence brightening the zone).

The zonemarkers
Zone A = I
Zone B = II
Zone C = III

 

The Histogram and Anti-posterization

 

Histogram and Anti-posterization controlsThese controls are common to most of the Power Retouche plug-ins. The displayed histogram will be for the area in the preview.

Anti-posterization should be set as low as possible. In most cases leave it off (at 0) in order to speed up processing time.

Convert to black and white with our Photoshop plugin dedicated to black and white conversion using a digital darkroom. Converting to black and white with all the controls of the darkroom and film sensitivities is easy with our Photoshop plugin. Multigrade, film sensitivity, etc. is integrated in the BW Studio Photoshop plugin. Convert photos to black and white with our black and white converter Photoshop plugin.

 

CMYK or RGB? Important note!

Important difference between processing
RGB vs CMYK images

You will usually get different results if you filter an RGB image or a CMYK image. This is because we made the B/W Studio take advantage of CMYK's K channel (used for black definition and contrast) to enhance texture and detail.


CMYK


RGB

This is particularly useful in portraits, where the texture of the skin plays an important part. But it will be very good in all images of medium saturation. You should be aware, though, that RGB images of high saturation may not look good when converted to CMYK and that this will also influence the result of the B/W Studio. But if your RGB photo is within the range RGB and CMYK have in common (medium saturation), then converting the RGB image to CMYK before using the B/W Studio will really improve the texture and detail of the output.

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Photo credits

The japanese girl with the hat is from Fuji's information folder: Fuji Pro-Value, August 2001, vol. 6

 
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