How to get the look

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Open your start­ing im­age. If you want to use ours to prac­tise with, it’s on the disc and it’s called paint_s­tart. jpg. We gave our im­age a lit­tle edit be­fore­hand in the Cam­era Raw edi­tor and boosted the Con­trast, Clar­ity and pulled the Blacks to make the back­ground darker. Once you’re happy with the tone and con­trast of your im­age, open it int Pho­to­shop.

The first thing to do is add a Black and White Ad­just­ment Layer. Do this by click­ing on the ying-yang sym­bol in the Lay­ers panel and select Black & White from the pop-up menu. You can now tweak the in­di­vid­ual colour chan­nels un­til you’re happy with the look of the shot.

Next, get a soft-tipped brush set to around 50% Opac­ity. Paint with black to brush away a trail over the face, to cre­ate the il­lu­sion that the brush has re­moved the mono­chrome ef­fect. Make tweaks with a Curves Ad­just­ment Layer to fi­nalise the look.

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