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Black and white noir photograph effect in Photoshop

in this Photoshop tutorial, learn how to add a nostalgic Black and White Film Noir look to a portrait. This emulates the old time hollywood movie star look.

Black and white noir photograph effect in Photoshop

Film Noir (literally ‘black film or cinema’) was coined by French film critics (first by Nino Frank in 1946) who noticed the trend of how ‘dark’, downbeat and black the looks and themes were of many American crime and detective films released in France to theatres following the war, (Sourced from Filmsite.org)

There is a definite style to Film Noir, it’s not just black and white, bit its very contrasty with strong bold blacks in the shadows. In this Photoshop Tutorial, discover how you can add that Noir, cinematic touch to your photographs.


In this lesson, Colin Smith shows you how to add a nostalgic Black and White Film Noir look to a portrait. This emulates the old time hollywood movie star look. This is from the 10 hour Photoshop For Digital Photographers training program at PhotoshopCAFE 

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Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Colin Smith

About Colin Smith

Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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