Macworld Tips: Dramatic black and white landscapes in Photoshop CS6

When standard mono conversion techniques deliver bland results try HDR

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The normal methods of turning an image into mono, like the Black and White filter, gradient map or Channel Mixer, can still produce average results. 

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The normal methods of turning an image into mono, like the Black and White filter, gradient map or Channel Mixer, can still produce average results. 

 

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Go to Image> Adjustments> HDR Toning. Select Monochromatic Artistic preset to start with a mono conversion. Use high Detail to set contrast and definition.

 

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Set Highlight to -40% to darken the sky and use 250+ Radius and Strength to enable clouds to stand out as well as details on the ground.

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