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AlfredNusy
09-21-2015,
Posted 23 April 2015 - 07:27 AM
Hi guys,

Anyone experienced who could tell me how to make my normal professional photo look like this:

https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/shrink_200_200/p/3/000/28b/104/1867570.jpg
https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/shrink_200_200/p/7/000/29d/0ca/20971ff.jpg
https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/shrink_200_200/p/2/005/077/0df/098303c.jpg
https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/shrink_200_200/p/4/000/187/181/2a042dc.jpg
https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/shrink_200_200/p/8/000/1f9/313/1bf1b8a.jpg

AlfredLymn
09-23-2015,
I assume it is not too hard, I am just not sure how to achieve so high contrast, sharpness, emphasis on details, etc.

Obviously, I am a complete noob who does not know much more than to convert online photo to black & white and play with colors, brightness, contrast, etc.

I usually simply look online for a first online converter/editor that comes up in google search such as:
http://www.freeonlinephotoeditor.com/

AlfredEl
09-23-2015,
Lets say this is my photo which I would like to edit (thank you Jessica Biel http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/default/in_love.gif ):
http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/img/photos/2014/02/25/26/73/47_157703918.jpg

Any advice is much appreciated!
Hope this is the right forum.

Thanks

AlfredNick
09-23-2015,
Hi animalz, from the photos you posted, are you looking to turn yours into black & white with more contrast? I have Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe CS2 (old ones), but also a good free editior (such as Gimp) that I use is Paint.net, which you'll find can do pretty much all you want:

http://www.getpaint.net/index.html

Alexstrasza
09-26-2015,
Loading it Paint.net, there's Adjustments(uppet toolbar)/Black and White. It looks like a Chrysler logo design in the background. To remove that, Tools/Clone Stamp, and adjust the Brush width to something workable (here, it's 125) where you can take a section of gradient gray from another part of the photo (holding the Ctrl key and clicking on another area) and then clicking over the logo. The first clone selection (Ctrl/click) will follow as you go, just select a new one from the area you've already cleared.

Alexvef
09-26-2015,
Then Adjustments on the upper toolbar, Brightness / Contrast, and you can play the two extremes against each other to get the desired effect. This is a quick & dirty example using the image you provided, I resized it a bit smaller as it was quite large, the first samples of the gentlemen were quite small. You can crop the image, and Resize is under Image (at the top).
Any editor you decide to use becomes fairly simple after some practice. The main thing to remember is to practice on a Copy and keep the Original image separate.