03 Save your settings
I don’t want to have to do all this every time I want to apply this effect, so I’m saving it as a new preset. I keep forgetting how to do this (it’s not at all obvious) – if you open the Presets panel on the left, there’s an ‘Add Preset’ button at the bottom.
Clicking this opens a dialog where you can enter a name for the preset. It seems there is no word for the opposite of ‘orthagonal’ film, so ‘Ortho-reverse’ was the best I could think of.
04 Applying your preset
To see and apply your own presets, click the Custom tab at the top of the presets panel on the left side of the screen. Now I can use my ‘Ortho-reverse’ preset on any other image with a single mouseclick. I’ve used Silver Efex Pro’s side-by-side view here so that you can see the difference on another picture.
05 The finished picture
This landscape shot certainly has a lot more contrast and depth than the original, ‘neutral’, conversion. For landscape photography with blue skies, you need a black and white conversion that gives more emphasise to red/yellow/green tones and less to blue, and I think if you compare this to the ‘start’ shot at the top of the page, you’ll see the difference.
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