Black and white texture revealing action set

31.34$

Sometimes dark clothes are so dark that you can’t tell what they are made of. On the contrary, white clothes tend to get overexposed and lose details because of that. But when you try to twiddle with just them, it’s the whole image that gets altered! What to do? Use the Black & White action set.

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Photoshop CC 2017, 2018 or 2019 (English version) is required for this product to be used.

The Black & White action set is helpful when you need to deal with multiple problems brought by black, dark or bright white garments and objects. Make sure there's no light falling directly on your screen as you watch the video. If so, it's unlikely that you would be able to see any details on black or white textures.

All the actions are supposed to be used on high-resolution images, and their work on low-resolution images is not guaranteed.

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The actions from the Black & White set were made with a single purpose in mind: to give you the ability to tweak the darkest and the lightest areas of the images in a subtle way. It happens a lot with white garments that they get a bit overexposed, and you can't really see any details. But if you open images like that in Camera Raw and try to use the Whites slider, you'll see that the whole image changes, not just the brightest areas. The background and the skin of the model also get affected. Pay attention to the fact, that if the item is overexposed in such a way that it gets clipped, that is, when the pixels become totally white, nothing would be able to help: there's no magic. But if there are still some details, just not clearly visible, the action will do what's necessary.

So, instead of using the Camera Raw, I'll just run the first action from the set, which is called “white_darker” and it does exactly what the name implies – darkens white clothes or anything that is supposed to be white but is a bit overexposed. It brings the Fade window where you need to pick any percent between 0, which is no effect, to 100, which is a very strong effect. No matter how strong, it will affect only the brightest areas of the image. When you're satisfied with the result, press Enter and it will merge all the layers. The action is using Shadows/Highlights algorithm, and it might cause posterization if used excessively, so beware.

The next action in the set, which is called “Black_brighter” works just about the same, and it makes black underexposed garments a bit brighter, as they tend to get underexposed. Just like the previous one, it brings you a Fade window where you choose the right amount of effect by moving the slider. And just like the previous action, it doesn't magically heal clipped areas, and it will lead to unpleasant visual effects if overused. Use it in moderation.

The third action in the set is called “white textures” and it will reveal barely visible white textures on close-ups. There's no point in using detail shots where you can't see any details. The action uses the High Pass filter do define edges of the materials, so it also sharpens the image, which is good if the close-up is a bit blurry. This image is not so bad, but it could be better. I'll run the action on a separate layer. It doesn't make any windows pop up, but if you want to decrease or increase the effect, you should change the opacity of the layer it makes on top of the original image. It's set to 60% by default and in most cases, it's enough. I'll resize the image and show you the before and the after. Now you can see all the details in the blouse much better.

I'll repeat the same process on a couple of other images. As you can see, it really helps when you need to reveal a barely visible texture, just keep in mind that it's supposed to be used on white or very light textures only. Not that you can't use it on anything else, it's just that it will have no effect on darker tone ranges.

The last action in the set is called “black_textures” and it works just like the previous one but on black surfaces. It reveals the texture and makes it more visible. The action makes another layer in the process, and when it's finished, you can either change the new layer's opacity to increase or decrease the effect or just merge the layers.

I'll repeat the process once again and you'll see that despite the fact that the images have't gained much brightness, the local contrast, the tone difference between the tiny threads has significantly increased. If you need just the brightness, use the brightening action instead.

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A detailed description of the contents:

SET: BLACK&WHITE

Action 1: White_darker
Type: Action, semi-automatic
When to run: in case a white garment is too bright
Requires to run: RGB image. Can be used on a layer. Areas darker than 220 on average (RGB) won't be affected at all. White areas (255;255;255) won't be affected either
What it does: Applies the blue channel of the image and turns it into a mask, darkens it and applies Shadows/Highlights through this mask leading to a gentle darkening of the brightest areas.
Output: the same as input – a layer if run on a layer, the Background if run on the Background layer.
User intervention: the user has to pick the desired amount of Fade – the more, the darker the image. Warning! Significant darkening will cause posterization.
Possible alteration: none that I can think of

Action 2: Dark_brighter
Type: Action, semi-automatic
When to run: in case a black garment is too dark
Requires to run: RGB image. Can be used on a layer
What it does: Applies the red channel of the image and turns it into a mask, brightens it and applies Shadows/Highlights through this mask leading to a gentle brightening of the darkest areas.
Output: the same as input – a layer if run on a layer, the Background if run on the Background layer
User intervention: the user has to pick the desired amount of Fade – the more, the brighter the image
Possible alteration: none that I can think of

Action 3: White_textures
Type: Action, automatic
When to run: in case a bright texture is hardly visible
Requires to run: RGB image. Can be used on a layer
What it does: reveals the texture of the garment
Output: a new High Pass layer with texture revealed
User intervention: change the opacity of the new layer or flatten straight away
Possible alteration: merge the new layer in the end if you don't need it separately

Action 4: Black_textures
Type: Action, automatic
When to run: in case a dark texture is hardly visible
Requires to run: RGB image. Can be used on a layer
What it does: reveals a texture of the garment without revealing much dust and dirt at the same time
Output: a new layer with texture revealed
User intervention: change the opacity of the new layer or flatten straight away
Possible alteration: merge the new layer in the end if you don't need it separately

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