I again began by opening the original image in Camera Raw where I made these changes:
Luminance detail: 45
I then opened it in Photoshop Elements 13 where I cropped it and added the black and white gradient map. I also used the blur tool on a light strength setting to smooth out some of the pixelation, which was quite severe in places. I thought at first this was due to the high clarity but after reopening the original I realised it was actually present from the beginning.
I also had a little play around with the image in FotoSketcher, adding an aged look, but decided in the end that I preferred the non-distressed version. I thought I’d share the distressed version with you as well.
Personally, whilst I love black and white, I miss the colour in this image and look forward to its return next week.
Here all the edits together for comparison:
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