Doing CPR on a near dead bnw street scene image…
Do you ever have trouble with your bnw images being lifeless with boring, flat graytones? Do you need an editing tool that can boost your bnw image full of life and vibrance?
Silver Efex Pro 2 is that tool!
Disappointment was my first reaction when converting this image from color to black and white. A boring monotone grayness strangled the image.
Especially the yellow taxi turned into something lifeless and dull and I almost canceled using it for anything. But using Silver Efex Pro 2 from Googles Nik Collection I was able to bring it back to life.
Using the control points you can work separately on any spot in the image.
With the control points I was able to transform the large flat and very dull area on the taxi giving it a much more vibrant impression with lots of depth. Simply by highlighting the reflections from the street which where well hidden in the raw image.
With the control points you can work on selected areas in the image. You can adjust the size of the area and you have a wide range of adjustments available like brightness, contrast, structure, highlights shadows and more.
The transitions around your working area is soft and smooth preventing any hard and ugly edges.
You can create as many control points as you like and you can also duplicate control points you have already made. That is very useful when working on larger similar looking areas.
The end result: I like it;)
And that’s how simple it is really. I’m quite satisfied with the result. With a little practice you can easily and quickly boost life into the images.
There are lots more possibilities with Silver Efex Pro 2 – check them out for yourself or, even better, check this site out for future tutorials!
Yep that’s right. You can download Silver Efex Pro 2 (actually the whole Nik Collection) FOR FREE! right here. – how cool is that!?