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High Contrast Black and White by murkar High Contrast Black and White by murkar
EDIT: Aweosme! We're at 7000 downloads - I guess this was useful :) Peace and love

I use a bit of a different method to achieve my black and white photos so that I get the most contrast possible. This is how I do most of my B&W conversions, it works better than any other method I've used. I use this method manually rather than using the action to get each photo how I want it but this is a shortcut you can all use - break the action apart to see the steps I take to make by B&W photos.

*Note: The action also sharpens images, so you shouldn't sharpen your images until after using the action (if necessary), otherwise they may become oversharpened.

There may be some post processing which needs to be done afterwards, and this may not work perfectly for every photo, but it should do a fairly good job for most properly exposed photos (portraits especially).

Instructions
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1- Download the file
2- Save the file in "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS2 (or other version)\Presets\Photoshop Actions"
3- Open Photoshop
4- Open the Actions Pallette (Alt+F9)
5- Click the little arrow in the circle at the top right of the pallete
6- Click 'Load Actions'
7- Select the B&W Conversion action file which you saved and click open
8- *Optional Click the little arrow again to open the options (where you clicked 'load actions') and make sure that button mode has a checkmark beside it (if it does not, click 'button mode' and it should switch to that mode)
9- In the actions pallete, just click the button which says 'Murkar's B&W Convert' to run the action

Of course, after it's isntalled, you just need to open the actions pallete and click the 'Murkar's B&W Convert' button to convert photos.

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DO NOT RIP THIS. :police:

:+fav: if you download please, because it will promote my actions/filters/etc. and I may post more if this one is a success :dance:

Enjoy :lol:
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:iconphenomenalmama:
phenomenalmama Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Hi!  Can I have it? phenomenalmama16@gmail.com
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey - of course =) However you should just be able to push the download button on this page to get the file.

Cheers =P
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:iconrhiocat:
rhiocat Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank YOU! :)
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:iconrhiocat:
rhiocat Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh you!
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
=P
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JonUriah Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Incredibly amazing. I love the fact it doesn't blow out whites. Would you mind if I share the link to this with a few people?
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah no worries mate :)
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:iconauroravalentine:
auroravalentine Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:)
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xemuz Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks you very much! I used to make my b&W from the RAW file and adjust 90% there before going to photoshop for final adjustments. But I tried this actions with some photos and the results were inclredible, thank you very much.

Have a nice day!
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cheers! RAW is a pain to do really nice B&W with haha - if you want really good contrast in your photo I would suggest doing it by hand. Switch image mode to lab colour, open channels, click brightness channel, adjust curves for your image, then delete the other two (alpha 1 and 2 I think?) channels. Switch to Greyscale image mode, then back to RGB color. :) Best B&W Ever. :D
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sixmitch Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
I just downloaded your file for black and white, tried it out on a photo, and LOVE!! I'm getting into taking photos and never had the right black and white action that I loved! Thank you for sharing it with us!!
Denna from Iowa
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cheers! Glad that it helped, it's a simple trick for getting the best black and white contrast you can - if you break it down in the actions panel you can see it's just converting the image mode to lab colour, adjusting the contrast on the lighting channel, and deleting the other two channels before converting back to RGB color. I use this action frequently but if you do this yourself by hand you'll find you can adjust the contrast for photos more precisely when it doesn't produce ideal results. :D
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sixmitch Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
thank you for the tip! I'm new at this and like experimenting with my photos!
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! :D Cheers, it's great fun ;)
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lau1304 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thank you very much, I was looking for exactly this!
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D
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:iconbkeeny:
bkeeny Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
thanks for sharing
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cheers! :)
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BorderElla Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
So cute! I'm downloading it and I may use it for some tumblr edits. Thanks so much!
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gracias! :D
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Troikatorze Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
thank you
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you!
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:icontroikatorze:
Troikatorze Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
awesome work, you are welcome
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:iconely76:
ely76 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Thank you for sharing :)
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:)
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:iconlsinmike:
lsinmike Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good work bud.
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks mate :D (I am guessing Mikey right? lol ;) )
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Rose-Colored-Lens Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
Very lovely!
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ty! :D and ty for the :+fav: :lol:
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quinteros-lama Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
I love the pic like this! download +fav :D
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:iconmurkar:
murkar Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Many thanks mate :lol:
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