Converting to Black and White


posted on 23rd of august, 2009

So...my first blog, ever. Wanted to start blogging with something useful.. and Photoshop came in mind. After few secs on thinking, i decided to share few B&W conversion methods I use to get rid of colors.

First of all, I'm using Photoshop CS4 (PS). There might be some differences in methods described below in older versions of PS.







1) Black & White..
This method can be found both in the menu (Image-->Adjustments) or from the bottom right corner clicking on the half-black half-white ring (all the methods i describe can be found from there). I suggest to use the second option as this is going to create a new layer. So it's easier to Undo if necessary.
Once the layer has been created, your image turns into B&W. There are several ways to change the...

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Comments (6)

Posted by Catarii on August 25, 2009
Nik color efex PS plug-in, oh, I have used this one too. It does not have only BW filters but several other colored filters, or focus filters, or old like pictures filters. And so on.
Posted by Mattography on August 24, 2009
Great post! I also enjoy using black and white photo adjustments to add new feels to photos. If you have a mac, aperture is an amazing program that I use for my black and whites :-)
Posted by .shock on August 24, 2009
From my angle, best option to convert in B/W is to use nik color efex PS plug-in. In my portfolio there is some examples. Anything personab Risto but, for me your BW images shoewn here is nothing special, looking like simbple BW conversion.

Regards,
BA



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Selective Black and White


posted on 27th of august, 2009

One fast and simple way to make your photos more interesting before turning them into black and white, is to use so called Selective black and white. In other words, some object will retain its colors on black and white surrounding that brings it more out / makes more noticeable.

1. Open your color photo in Photoshop.

2. Use one of those many selection tools to select object(s) that you do not want to turn into black and white.

3. Press Ctrl+Shift+i (in Windows OS) to invert selection.

4. Finally, use black and white conversion tool to loose colors (you can find some B&W conversion methods mentioned HERE)

YOU'RE DONE!

Easy, wasn't it?

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Posted by Preckas on September 14, 2009
very nice conversion. I always like bkack and white and their variations! :)
Posted by Kasienka on August 29, 2009
Great! Easy and useful! Thanks a lot for sharing. I will try it for sure!
Posted by Littledesire on August 28, 2009
Thanks! Easy and nice!



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