Monochrome Edits—Black (and whtie) Friday on Saturday

As you know, if you read my Thursday entry, it’s been quite the week around the Fulmer household. We are thankful that our son continues to improve! I spent yesterday in “recuperation” mode and missed my Black(and white) Friday.

Today (it’s Saturday) I wanted to create a vintage look by applying a sepia finish. I know, there are numerous Photoshop actions that can accomplish the same effect, but I wanted to learn a process myself. And, as one writer pointed out as I looked at tutorials and directions, there are about 9000 ways to do the same thing in Photoshop, so you may find a technique that works better for you.


Here is my original. I had gathered some acorns and put them my pocket one morning in honor of my father, who frequently put things in his pockets when he was outside. There were all kinds of things on our hearth where he emptied his pockets! To me, this image wanted a vintage effect.

After making adjustments in Lightroom, I sent the image to Photoshop CC. The first thing I try to do is duplicate the background layer by using the shortcut Ctl-J on my PC.

Next, I created a Channel Mixer adjustment layer and checked the Monochrome box. Doing that converted the layer to black and white/grayscale.

Then, I opened a Photo Filter layer, and chose the Sepia present. I adjusted the density to about 90%. I wasn’t quite satisfied because I wanted a little of the color of the acorns to show. So, I went back to the Channel Mixer layer, adjusted the brush opacity to 30% and brushed out the effect to reveal some of the greens and browns of the acorns only.  This is the final result.


It’s mostly monochrome with a vintage look.

NOTE: I tried another method, using the tutorial here. There are multiple steps, and the result is a color version. To this, I added a black and white adjustment layer and a photo filter for sepia, with the density set at 80. Here is the result.


By Olivia Fulmer

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