This time I’m going to go a bit more in-depth on the type of Photoshop action I used last time, setting up high contrast, but this time around I’m going to apply it to a monochrome treatment.
In particular, this process seems to generate a cool effect when I’m trying to get a vintage, 1920s-30s feel for B&W shots.
And what’s more 20’s than a well made Martini?
In this case, the contrast brings out the bottle labels, and combined with the flash I used, a “halo” effect on the stirring tin.
Side note, may I add that Mr. Bond may know a good deal about thwarting bad guys and seducing women, but he really knew jack squat about making a good drink.
Here’s 2 more to make the point about labels.
To get this effect, here’s what I did.
- Copy background into a new layer (Ctrl+J)
- Change blend mode to Vivid Light
- Invert the image (Ctrl+I)
- Use Filter-Blur-Surface Blur, set to 40, 40
- Merge layers (Crtl+Alt+Shift+E)
- Drag middle layer to trash
- On merged Layer, switch blend mode to Overlay
- Use Image->Adjustments->Shadow/Highlight. Shadows to 0, midtone contrast to +50
- Pick a B&W adjustment of your choice (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+B)
- Flatten layers
- Use filter->Lens Correction, Vignette to -50 and midpoint to +60
- Convert to B&W now, picking your choice of adjustment.
- Further tweaks as desired.
Phew! Well, that’s why I made an action to shorten all that work into a single click.
But in the end, as I said, I really like how this approach works for “old timey classy” shooting like this.
Next time, I’m planning to use another type of photoshop action.