Black and White conversion


posted on 14th of august, 2009

Here is one good tip to convert some picture into a B/W colors.
Sometimes black and white pictures are too flat. This problem is a result of conversion of colors with same lightness into a black with same tint. For example, in RGB picture Red 200 and Blue 200 will become all Black 200.
This tip will give you possibility to choose a depth of the BW picture.


1. First open the picture and create a adjustment layer Hue/Saturation. Click OK without any changes.
2. Set this Hue/Saturation Layer to Color from blending options (there is still no visible changes on picture).
3. Make another Hue/Saturation layer and set the Saturation (-100) and click OK.
4. Now the good part. Click double on the first Hue/Saturation layer and move the Hue slider. When you move the Hue slider the colors of picture are changing and the depth become different.

Comments (14)

Posted by Jordanrusev on September 11, 2009
Thank's for your comments !
Posted by Thewildgypsy on August 21, 2009
That really perks up those flat b&w conversions I've been doing. Thanks! Now I just have to figure out how to use the history brush and I'm set!
Posted by Thewildgypsy on August 21, 2009
That really perks up those flat b&w conversions I've been doing. Thanks! Now I just have to figure out how to use the history brush and I'm set!
Posted by Jordanrusev on August 15, 2009
CS4 BW filter works on the same principle. There is no matter what filter or tip you will use - BW filter, Hue/Saturation or Chanel mixer most important here is to learn how to get depth in the BW photography. And at the end everyone choose his own method.
Posted by Modellocate on August 14, 2009
At least for the images I tried, the B&W filters built into CS4 seem to work better.
Posted by Wildmac on August 14, 2009
Thank you for the tip.
Posted by Asyan on August 14, 2009
Useful tip! Thank you!
Posted by Yanzappa on August 14, 2009
I drink cloud(oblak).
Posted by Jordanrusev on August 14, 2009
cheers :)))
Posted by Maggeee on August 14, 2009
Great tip! Thanks!
Posted by Rebeccaosborn on August 14, 2009
nice tip. Cheers!!
Posted by Littledesire on August 14, 2009
Useful, again! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Risto40 on August 14, 2009
sounds interesting. i've used many different ways to convert images to B&W, but not that one. I'll try it out later today.
thanks for the tip!
Posted by Keki on August 14, 2009
great tip! thanks!



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