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1Click NewBW, 1-Click Actions, 3/30/2008
Set contains four b/w conversion actions. Versions for PS7 and CS+. Archive contains pdf instructions.
Aly's BW, Alyson Comacho, 7/17/2006
Straightforward b/w conversion action with red channel emphasis. Try this simple action first and use another approach if you don’t get good results.
B's SplitTone 2, Bärbel Wilm, 3/27/08
Straightforward approach to b/w conversion with a split-toned image. Layers post-action tweaks. Archive contains separate folders for PSE 5 & 6, and PS 7+.
B's Vanilla II, Bärbel Wilm, 3/27/08
B/W conversion action creates layers to allow adjustment, particularly contrast. Archive contains separate folders for PSE 5 & 6, and PS 7+.
Blanco y Negro, Juan García Gálvez, 11/16/2006
Brian James's Black and White, Brian James, 1/22/2006
Creates b/w layers composed of every available channel. Click off those you don't want and paint in effect on layer masks. Can also move layers and change layer opacity.
Color to BW, Danny Raphael, 7/16/2006
Danny's Black and White Actions v.5, Danny Raphael, 5/4/2005
Set of b/w actions that convert color to grayscale. One creates 11 monochrome versions from which to choose. Readme step provides overview.
Daniel Diaz B&W Action, Matthew Greer, 1/21/2007
Duotone Dreams, Dave Jaseck, 7/22/2004
Simple action creates duotone. Works best on a 4-6 MB file or a 5x7 240 ppi image. Select any Pantone color or opt for the default.
Dramatic Desaturation II, Jim Lewis, 7/15/2012
A revised version of this action, providing more control. It creates a desaturated image, but one with great drama, since you independently adjust a black and white layer which is blended with the color image.
Gorman B&W Action, Robin Holden, Sr., 12/10/2005
JGG Web High Key, Juan García Gálvez, 11/26/2006
Jodi's Take Action on Cancer Awareness (B/W w/ribbon overlays, Jodi Friedman, 9/26/2007)
Converts your image to b/w, allows you to tweak it, and presents choice of 14 "ribbon colors" that give you toning options. A tribute to Jodi's Father in law, Bernie, who's undergoing treatment for Lymphoma.
Julian's Black and White Conversion, Julian Hebbrecht, 3/1/2006
B/W conversion action mimics effect of color filters on b/w film. Creates adjustment layers to allow post-action adjustments.
Kent's B&W Selective Color 4.0, Kent Christiansen, 10/6/2006
Selective Color v.5, AsylumXL, 4/17/2007
Converts your image to mono, isolates one user-selected color in an image and allows intensity adjustment. Produces adjustable layers. Archive includes readme file.
Sepiatone, Andy Purviance, 2/15//2004
Employs a duotone approach to create a sepia tone effect.
Thomas Niemann's Tones, Danny Raphael, 12/10/2003
TLR B&W Conversation, Glenn Mitchell, 1/3/2005
TLR Sepia Tint, Glenn Mitchell, 12/28//2004
Sepia tone effect is fast and easy and allows control results. Archive includes PDF readme file and Glenn's Action Basics tutorial.
Vintage Tint, Alls A. Ten, 5/22/2006
Adds a vintage tint to images, making it possible to reveal or subdue original colors. Creates sepia toned image and allows you to selectively paint back color.