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B&W processing software

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by drd1135, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    I'm considering getting some dedicated B&W software. I use PS and PS Elements so no LR stuff. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    My understanding is you can do a lot with PS itself, but I don't have any experience with that. But if you want more, I'm 99% sure you can use Silver Efex Pro with PS alone and I absolutely LOVE Silver Efex Pro. Topaz has a B&W plug in that's pretty well thought of, but I think Silver Efex is sort of the gold standard...

    -Ray
     
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  3. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I run my Nik plugins through an old version of Photoshop (CS3).
     
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  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I use SIlver Efex (part of the Nik software suite) as a plug-in with Photoshop Elements. It is the only way I process B & W (almost).
     
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  5. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I used both SEP and Topaz B&W and 9 out of 10 times, its SEP that I choose. That said, Topaz B&W Effects has just as many available options where parameter setting is concerned, and a lot more presets to fiddle with.
     
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  6. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    Another thumbs up for SilverEfex. In fact the whole Niks Suite. I find myself using ColorEfex, Define (for noise control) and SharpenerPro quite often. Viveza is a good tool as well, especially for creating quick edits using luminosity masks, but one can have more precise control in PS, even from a single image (http://goodlight.us/writing/luminositymasks/luminositymasks-1.html).
     
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  7. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    The 2 best I have found are Silver Efex Pro 2 (part of the Nik/Google bundle) and if you have a MAC then Tonality Pro is awesome!!!!
     
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  8. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    D23
     
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  9. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes SC Regular

    113
    Aug 26, 2012
    Changsha, Hunan, China
    Colin
    +1
     
  10. Nuskyn

    Nuskyn SC Veteran

    387
    Jul 8, 2011
    @Gelderland - the Netherlands
    Jeroen
    Here the same... a perfect combination !!
     
  11. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Topaz Labs here. Very happy.
     
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  12. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    If you have LR you can Google for free presets.

    For PS there are free actions you can Google.

    That said I still favour Silver Efex Pro 2.
     
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  13. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    And sometimes I don't even want to bother with plugins. ACR works just fine. Plenty to play with, right there.

    acrworks.

    Finished. And, of course, there are also lots of plugins which are for ACR itself.

    done.
     
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  14. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Thanks folks. Topaz B&W effects is $60 vs. $150 for Silver Efex. I may try the free ones first so I can make a better decision as to what I want.
     
  15. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Of course $150 for Silver Efex also buys you the entire Nik software suite. There is also a 15 day free trial for it as well. Assuming that you want to invest the time in processing, a software bundle like this gives you more bang for your buck than a camera upgrade.
     
  16. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Thanks. (I have to say that now since "like" is wrong :roll eyes:) I hadn't noticed that in the Google checkout.
     
  17. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Its worth the money for the Nik suite. We all jumped on it, I think, after Google dropped its price from the stratospheric $499 that Nik was charging for it. Up until then, it was (koffkoff) "evaluation copy" for me.
     
  18. mattia

    mattia SC Regular

    98
    Dec 20, 2013
    The NIK suite is really excellent value - a suite of great plugins that play very nicely together. Particularly for people like me who do want local adustments but are too lazy to sit there brushing things, it's an ideal package. I prefer using it in Photoshop due to the fact you get a new layer per adjustment/plugin you use..
     
  19. Woody112704

    Woody112704 SC Top Veteran

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    Nov 7, 2013
    Iowa
    Jared
    I also have SEP and like it a lot. If I had/liked Mac products I would probably have Macphuns Tonality Pro. That program looks pretty sweet. But here lately since getting OnOne's Perfect Effects Suite I've found myself using their B&W quite a bit. So that's another one to look into if you want to.
     
  20. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012