Black and white - converting and editing

posted on 7th of january, 2011

As we know there are a lot of different ways how to turn your colorful pictures into black and white. We also know there are several ways to edit gray tones in black and white. One way I sometimes use (in photoshop) is the following:

1. Open a color picture in PS.

2. Create Vibrance layer on top of the picture (background) layer

3. Create Hue/Saturation layer on top of Vibrance layer

4. Select (if not selected) the Hue/Saturation layer and slide the saturation slider to the left side to lose colors

5. Select Vibrance layer and start playing around with Vibrance and Saturation sliders to change brighter or darker gray tones even more darker or brighter (or change contrast in other words)

6. Once you found suitable tones, select all layers, Ctrl+E (in windows) to flatten image and save your nice colorless photo (always keep the originals, so make sure you do not overwrite the colorful file!!).


Comments (11)

Posted by Risto40 on January 13, 2011
Thanks! Fortunately i have only few b&w pictures in my portfolio. I'll keep that in mind and try always to upload colorful images. Those 2 images currently used in this blog were colorless anyway - camera was black and silver and smoke was created in PS.

(Wise) criticism is always welcome as criticism usually stays in our head and comes in mind when when you're doing things related to this. Good for further learning ;)
Posted by Digitalexpressionimages on January 12, 2011
Don't tale this as a criticism it's simply a comment on black and white.

As a graphic designer and a buyer of stock images as well as a contributor I don't like buying black and white images. Most designers are capable of converting to black and white themselves and I for one prefer that the photographer not make color decisions for me. If I buy a black and white image all I can do with it is use it black and white or hand tint it but with a color image I can convert to black and white, or keep certain elements in color and convert the background to black and white, create a hand tinted look, desaturate the color for a specific feel.... etc. etc. Keep that in mind when you consider making your pics black and white only.
Posted by Sobek85 on January 10, 2011
Nice article
Posted by Martinisaac on January 09, 2011
Thanks for the tip.
I quite like using the Black and White tool in Image Adjustments (Image > Adjustments > Black & White), although I think this is only available in the Creative Suite. The presets allow you to play around with information in different Channels to get the best results.
Posted by Mariaam on January 08, 2011
Cool! Thanks for sharing! :)
Posted by FabioConcetta on January 08, 2011
Thank you for sharing :)
Posted by Trottola on January 08, 2011
Great tip! Thank you for sharing!
Posted by Irisangel on January 07, 2011
Thank's for the tip, always interesting to see how other's achieve a certain effect.
Posted by Laurasinelle on January 07, 2011
Thanks for this great tip!
Posted by Egomezta on January 07, 2011
Thanks for sharing this great information....
Posted by Davulcu on January 07, 2011
Great tip , thanks

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