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

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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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