I believe the viewer is more comfortable and more accepting of an image that fits their mental picture…and let’s face it…so many times reality just does not live up to what we picture in our heads. Also, when a viewer sees an image and it matches their perception of something they can quickly, in their thinking, move onto the message…rather than using their subconscious process to fit the reality into their pre-conceived notions. At any rate, in my experience, catering to preconceptions seems to work well in conceptual stock photography.

Step 2) Now once you have your image in front of you, you will need to add a new layer. Click Shift+Ctrl+N on your keyboard. On the color drop down menu, you will need to add a color to this layer. A yellow works good with the charcoal effect, but you can choose any color you like. Make sure you name this layer so you can easily refer back to it.

This article is going to cover the primary ways that I work to create these black and white tonal relationships. These techniques can be more time consuming, take more practice, and will create larger files than many of the other techniques, but will give us much more control.

In order to get a good merge you need to take four or five pictures of your scene. To make things easy on yourself make sure you overlay the right sides of the photographs with the left side of the next photographs. Continue doing this until you have captured the Data Masking Tool whole scene.

Merging two images for example. Try photographing a panoramic scene with only one photograph. If you don’t own a wide angle lens this will be pretty much impossible. If you do own one then you are one lucky man. Luckily there are other ways to create nice panoramic images. That’s exactly what I’m going to tell you in this article.

Now creating a black and white image in Photoshop is a bit like putting together a puzzle with a 100 different solutions. As you begin to create more and more black and white images you will start to get a better feel for which of these pieces/techniques to use and how to use them.

And, it’s not just for artistis and homemakers. You can also use it for beauty tricks such as frosting your hair. Because you only want a few strands colored, it works as a good frosting tool.