Photoshop-Camera Raw: Turning Colored Photographs into black and white

I have always been attracted to vintage style photographs and ephemera. I, therefore decided to play around with the Camera Raw feature in Photoshop to edit a picture so it would have a nostalgic appeal to it.

I took a semi current day color photo of my sister from 1974 and made some blending adjustments on it. I used Adobe Photoshop CC version 21.1.3 on a MacBook Pro.

In order to access this blending option you must have your file opened. Then choose “Filter”>”Camera Raw Filter”. Beside “Color Profile” choose “Browse”. When you do that the Profile Browser dialogue box opens giving you various color modes to choose from. Make sure that the “Color” option is highlighted. You will get to choose from modes of Basic, Artistic, Modern, and Vintage. I chose vintage and clicked on the image that satisfied me. Then click “ok”. You now have your edited photograph.

I created a layout using some of the digital papers from the latest kit on etsy called, “Earth Tone Papers and ephemera Kit.” I coupled it with some elements from ManuDesignStudio on etsy.

I pasted the vintage photo onto a sepia colored book, twice. I made the top layer photo invisible by clicking on the “Layer visibility icon” to the left of it. Then I clicked on the lower photo layer, next to the book layer, and I used the blending mode “Luminosity” (found in the layers panel drop down menu). This caused the photo to have identical color shades as the book.

I clicked the top layer photo again and made it visible. I then erased all of the image except for the coat. This made the photo only capture a small portion of color.

I added embellishments and such to give the final picture some character. It was a very fun project. I hope this mini tutorial helped. Happy crafting!

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Published by Sonya

I am a full time working wife and mother of three sons. I love all manner of crafting; From digital scrap-booking to tangible mixed media projects. I love to learn from other people and get exposed to the huge world of art. Creativity is in my blood. I have always sketched pictures since I was a kid, and now with social media (Thanks YouTube, Pinterest, Google images, etc....) I have become so overwhelmed with what project(s) to do for the day. I don't even know where to start. Should I make cards or make my own clay? Or should I design a wall hanging for the living room. I have become ridiculously indecisive with what I want to make. Also, I have become a craft hoarder. From paints, to dies and other cutting machines, to scrapbook paper and other designer card stock and embellishments, I have turned my little kitchen nook into my craft studio. I'm surprised my husband hasn't told me to get rid of all of the craft supplies....ie..clutter. My craft collection addiction is partially what made me want to learn more about digital scrap booking. It is all new for me, but I have invested in the Adobe Photoshop application and I have scoured YouTube on learning different techniques in layering scrapbook images, pages, brushes, and so on. Now I can go to the next level of design by doing it digitally.

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