Black & White Using Topaz B&W Effects 2 Plugin
Last time I talked about the newly released Topaz Black & White Effects 2 plugin and gave you the 15% discount promo code, in case you decide to add it to your bag of tricks. Since then, I’ve taken some time to play with it and created the HDR black & white photo for today’s post.
The plugin has several dozen presets including several stylization presets. I found so many of the presets did a great job on this HDR photo of a church in Chemainus, B.C. Since I can only choose one, I settled on the first of the platinum tone presets. No other manipulation of the preset was done… just a click and save. EZ PZ and it looks just great!
FYI, when making the HDR I did not use the black & white preset in Photomatix Pro. I tonemapped it in color as normal and allowed the Topaz plugin to render the black & white image. I believe that is the best way to render the colors into their respective shades of grey.
It’s been a really busy week for me and tomorrow is Friday already. Even though I haven’t posted any new photos earlier in the week, I have definitely been working on some. Maybe if I hadn’t played golf twice those photos might be ready by now… but I played, had fun, and no regrets.