On this website: Jacqueline Cullen there are some extremely beautiful images with dark silhouettes wearing jewelry. How could one recreate this dark room effect on pictures of objects or people that were shot in normal lighting? So to be clear: my question is "what effects should I use to make normal objects/people this dark?"

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  • Hi montecruiseto, I think this question is more relevant for photo.stackexchange.com. The overall effect would be called Low-Key Photography.
    – AndrewH
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 15:02

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You can get most of the way there by applying a Black & White effect layer and tweaking the settings of the High Contrast Blue preset. Mask out anything you don't want affected. Then apply a level effect layer over the whole business and you should be set. Of course, starting with an appropriate source photo will make all the difference. Here's a very rough example that includes a before/after reveal:

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  • +1: TLDNR; mask off the areas you want to be unaffected, then filter the heck out of the image.
    – Yorik
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 15:37
  • TLDNR; computer.
    – 13ruce
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 17:26
  • amazing effect!! Commented Jul 22, 2015 at 10:20

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