We heard a lot of praise for this B&W conversion
filter for the Mac and also used the older versions of this filter.
The older filter
was a solid performer but we really did not like the small preview
as this is not helpful to judge tonality. Now the new filter is also
available for Windows.
ConvertToBW Pro 3.0
Size matters (preview size)
This new filter allows the preview to be as large as
your screen. Because the controls are in a separate window
use in a dual monitor setup even the full screen to judge the image.
This is exactly what we wanted to see.
Otherwise this filter features the classic functionality
for a great B&W filter:
Tries to simulate the filter you would
otherwise use in the field (you cannot really simulate IR and polarizing
This is hard to simulate in Photoshop
and is a big plus of a B&W conversion filter. We often use the TriX
Contrast is key for any B&W conversion
and here the filter helps a lot.
We did not use the sepia settings.
We like to start with a soft color original.
Conversion using the above settings
After the conversion we optimize the
contrast with a Levels adjustment layer. Here we would think that adding
levels with a histogram could even improve this filter.
Some Levels Corrections
Preliminary 32 bit support
ConvertToBW Pro 3.0 also works on the new 32
bit images that HDR Merge can create in Photoshop CS2.
We think that ConvertToBW Pro 3.0 a great
and easy to use B&W conversion filter. It is also intuitive and easy
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