When I first tried Topaz Labs’ new B&W Effects Plugin, I fell in love with their Cyanotype group. The intense cool blues produced by this group are perfect to create a moody night-time effect. With my Canon 7D and 17-55mm EF-S lens, I shot several Broadway theaters in a series of photos for HDR. I then used the B&W Effects plugin to convert the full color photos to rich blues with great contrast. Back in Photoshop, I then layered this effect with the original photo to bring back the color of each marquee. The final effect is a dramatic photo promoting the theater.
NOTE – I just published my Nighttime Blue by Photoframd preset for Topaz Labs B&W Effects. Download it here.
More on creating this effect next time…
Canon 7D Tips – Broadway at Night
Canon 7D Tips – Start with HDR, Finish in Photoshop
Photoshop CS5 – Nighttime Blue by Photoframd for Topaz B&W Effects Plugin
Photoshop CS5 – More Nighttime Blues with Topaz B&W Effects
Canon 7D Tips – Auto Exposure Bracketing 6 images or more for HDR
Photoshop CS5 – HDR & Canon 7D Raw Files
Photoshop CS5 – Finishing HDR with Topaz Adjust 4
Photoshop CS5 – Create High Impact Photos with Topaz B&W Effects Plugin
Photoshop CS5 – Easy Gritty Grunge Effect with Topaz Adjust 4