The "Gradient Formula" for Dramatic Black & Whites! – Photoshop Tutorial

Make Amazingly Dramatic Black and White Conversions Using the Power of Gradient Maps in Photoshop! In this lesson, we will learn how to precisely control the black and white levels across the entire luminosity range of your photo with Gradient Maps. Besides, we will explore several essential tricks along the way to add more drama and dimension. Right from “2-Slider Camera Raw Trick” to controlling the luminosity of every color and even blending the image with a black background, we have lots of fun things to learn. I hope you enjoy this video; thank you so much for watching πŸ™‚

00:00 Creating B&W Images with Gradient Map
00:51 Comparison with Black and White Adjustment Layer
01:16 Advanced Gradient Controls
02:54 Color Control Trick
04:07 Another Example
04:47 Don’t Forget to Fix the Eyes!
05:34 Black Background & Blending
06:55 Fixing the Beard Hair Mask
07:24 Camera Raw Techniques
09:21 Outro and Summary

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27 responses to “The "Gradient Formula" for Dramatic Black & Whites! – Photoshop Tutorial”

  1. You've done it again…this process is more involved than the one I currently use, but the results are dramatic. Back into my catalog and rework some photos. Thanks for all your hard work in putting these tutorials together.

  2. Awesome! You've sharpened my focus in several areas with this video. Smart Sharpening a human being. For example, I've been guilty of being heavy-handed with the clarity slider…in both directions. Thank you Unmesh.

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