Thought I’d demonstrate a toned black and white image for this blueprint. Just because an image is desaturated, doesn’t mean it has to be pure black and white or sepia tone. Sometimes simple color tones can make an interesting black and white. The tones set from my Creative HeART action collection are must haves for my editing. I use a combination of them on every image. Sometimes it’s just a tone in one area of the image and other times tones look great for the entire image. Some of the workflow images shown may be so subtle that you may not be able to fully see the action impact, but I assure you, everything I played and did was for a real purpose to create and overall look. Once again, all the actions were played one right after the other, stacking action group after action group. That’s the way I prefer to work; not flattening the entire way through. This gives me the most control and ability to change my mind all the way to the end.
1. Bland to Brilliant with the boost layer turned off and the entire action group masked off his vest, as it got too dark and lost detail. This action gives a general boost and clarity.
2. Ice: Boost layer masked off his clothes again. On the internal layer called Darken, the white layer mask was inverted (cmd/ctrl + i) to black to conceal the darkness. Masked IN the darkness over his face to accentuate contour around the nose and mouth.
3. Matte Overlay 70%, masked off subject. Gave the background a hazy, toned down look.
4. Opulent Light, masked in around subject to lighten around his hands and the right and side of the photo where the light was already streaming in. Playing up light sources is a great way to add more depth to an image.
5. Velvet Vignette, masked in on just the lower left corner and the upper right corner to spotlight the subject more.
6. Flawless Face, masked on all of the background and a tiny bit on his face, being careful not to mask in around nostrils or mouth and lose detail. It really cut the noise in the background.
7. Sapphire tone at 24% over the entire image for a blue tone.
8. Brown Sugar tone 80%, masked off subject a little bit so he didn’t get too warm.