He responded and pasted what his Photoshop layers for everyone to see. Next to each layer was a brief description of the attributes he adjusted – enough so that it is easily replicated by someone who has a working knowledge of the photo editing program. I downloaded a trial version of Silver Efex and implemented it as one of these layers. After completing all the steps, I was quite impressed by the end result.
Suddenly, I started thinking if I can incorporate this to my wedding processing workflow. Was it worth the extra time? Is it worth it for the best ten photos of the wedding? Is it worth the $199.95? My inner thriftiness kicked in and soon I remembered that I have another plugin with a decent black & white converter. Ten minutes and countless minor tweaks later, I got close enough to mimicking the Silver Efex effect. I still have more to tweak but I thought it was close enough.
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