Fortcollins, thanks for the insights on the photoshop work. I'm very well versed in it already, having made a living with it in my photography business for a couple decades. The complete removal of color isn't something I remember trying before, I just ran it on some coins I've been researching where only TruViews are known besides some old B&W tiny auction catalog photos in poor halftone prints. This helped me to see some more details on a couple of coins I've often wondered about. They are just as spectacular without the toning as with it, explaining why they continue to bring record prices every time they sell ever decade or so.
That said to anyone not wanting to sign up for Adobe Photographers package at $10/month for Photoshop and Lightroom there is a new alternative to them in Serif Software's "Affinity" they also have other Illustrator and InDesign type programs I've been testing on both Apple and Windows. Great stuff and on sale at a really reasonable price of $25 each now. Check them and give them a shot with a demo, much easier to use than the freeware programs I've tried in the past like GIMP.https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/
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