Black&White projects 4 elements war am 13. Juli 2018! als Giveaway verfügbar!
Alle Fotografen, die sich der besonderen Ästhetik von Schwarz-Weiß bewusst sind, finden in BLACK & WHITE projects 4 das richtige Tool, ihrer Kreativität Ausdruck zu verleihen. Mit der brandneuen Spektrale-Empfindlichkeits-Engine können sie auf jeden Grauwert einer umgewandelten Farbe zugreifen und deren Tonwert spezifisch anpassen. Die Reduktion auf das Wesentliche! Mit 115 handgefertigten Voreinstellungen (Presets) sehen Sie direkt eine Fülle von Möglichkeiten, die in den Bildinformationen Ihrer Aufnahmen stecken. Verpassen Sie Ihren Fotos ein 100%-iges analoges Finish durch hochwertige Filmemulationen, die den Klassikern von Ilford, Kodak, Rollei, Fuji u. v. a. Herstellern nachempfunden sind.
Minimum: Windows 10/8/7 (32 Bit); Prozessor Core Duo; 2 GB HDD; 1.280 x 1024 Pixels Screen Resolution; Graphic: DirectX-8-compatible, 128 MB, 32 bit colour depth
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The same version of BLACK & WHITE Projects elements has already been offered here last year:
If you have a version of SILVER Projects and are wondering: BLACK & WHITE Projects is the same program. It is the version number that matters. It is just that Franzis has a rather tricky naming policy.
Admittedly, Franzis doesn't offer us the most straightforward installation/registration process, but if you are already registered on their site, you will be spared a few steps. To help:
1/ On the registration page, if you can't find a button to click, scroll down;
2/ If you don't read carefully their last email (yes, there might be several), you are likely to come and complain here that, to activate the program, you are asked a serial number which you never received. Hint: just re-enter the registration code you needed to start the installation. Same code under two different names
Depriving a photo of all its colors is not a natural step to take for someone who considers colors to be the joy of life. On the contrary, the first reflex is to boost (often unreasonably) saturation, contrast etc., which explains the incredible hues all sunsets and forests have these days - at least virtually. Still, if you venture to give it a try, you might find out that far from dulling your photos, removing their colors might make them more intense and evocative, as if too many fancy colors were a distraction. And if you think that just setting the saturation slider at 0 in any image editor will do the trick, you will be in shock the first time you load a photo in Franzis B&W Projects! Paradoxically, it seems that there can be more differences between two B&W versions of the same photo than between two colored ones.
Depending on the tone conversion (you tube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARL1AUwCCLY ) you will create entirely different atmospheres. Of course you can also, like in any image editor, modify contrast, brightness, blurring etc. And if you are a bit shy with that kind of software, you will just be happy with the 118 presets as they are.
If the idea of banning all colors from your photos is too painful, you can create a sort of faux B&W by retaining a tiny percentage of them (slider bottom right), or a higher percentage if you like the faded look of ancient postcards (like what you can also get in ANALOG Projects, another Franzis program). You can also retain a specific color selectively or, using another soft subsequently, leave some elements that you want to emphasize brightly or slightly colored. A primitive but easy way of achieving it:
1/ In an image editor supporting layers, paste the B&W photo over the original colored one;
2/ On the top B&W layer carefully erase the parts you want to show in color;
3/ On the bottom color layer, adjust, if necessary, saturation, hue etc. to your liking;
4/ Merge the two layers;
5/ For a more natural look slightly blur the edges of the color parts with a narrow brush, save and voilà!
To keep this post as short as possible, rather than copy and paste, I will refer you to my comment about ANALOG Projects if you want some clues about the interface (and Franzis' peculiar terminology), as most programs of this company share the same one:
https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/analog-projects-3/ (post #4)
you can have a look at 12 animated GIFs (created online on the site https://ezgif.com) showing some of my photos 1st/color 2nd/ B&W (all created with Franzis B&W Projects) and sometimes 3rd/ after reintroduction of color in some parts with another image editor. (Click a thumbnail to enlarge, then click again to animate.)
Photo n° 03 is a montage. All photos are scans of analog photos. They were shot at a time when shooting in color or in B&W was an irreversible decision, at least until I had taken the 24 or 36 photos allowed by my film roll (I suspect a good half of GOTDers here today have no idea what I am talking about). Nowadays, you don't have to chose in advance or even later on, you can have as many versions of a given photo as you wish, so give yourself the chance to find out that black and white is beautiful too.
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No problem getting download or emails, software installed and registered without a problem. The registration process is bulky, but worth it for what looks like an excellent piece of software. It's easy to use and the end result is impressive. I'm very much into color, but now have a way to broaden my interests. Very generous giveaway. Thanks to Franzis and GOTD.
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Can't understand why many people have problems. For me, it downloaded, installed and activated smoothly after following the readme instructions. Also take note of ouialaraison's helpul post.
Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit, 8 GB ram, 4-core CPU, Nvidia quadro k420 graphics.
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