4 ways to turn a color photo into black and white

In Photoshop, there are many ways to convert a color image to black and white.

Now we show the 4 most popular ways.

Open your photo in Photoshop.

To begin with, we will introduce you to the two simplest ways of turning into a black and white image.

1 – function Grayscale (Grayscale)

2 – function Discolor (Desaturation)

We do not argue, these are the easiest ways, but the quality is not the best. Here the contrast is very low, the image is slightly cloudy.

Let us show by example:

1. Grayscale

Image – Mode – Grayscale (Image – Mode – Grayscale)

Very simple, right?

2. discolor

Image – Correction – Discolor (Image – Adjustments – Desaturate)

Quick and easy – but the image contrast is very low, the image looks dull and flat. Not at all what we are striving for. What we particularly like about high-quality B & W photos is the depth and high contrast. Well – it’s time to introduce you to more serious methods!

3. Corrective layer hue / saturation

The method that we are going to tell you about is to use several adjustment layers. Hue / saturation. This means that you can return your original look at any time. Plus, you do NOT change the original image. Now go to menu Layers – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layers – New Adjustment layer – Hue / Saturation).

Leave all layer properties unchanged. Change the layer blending mode with Ordinary (Normal) to Chromaticity (Color).

Then add another adjustment layer. Hue / saturation (Hue / Saturation) – but this time in the layer properties move the slider Saturation (Saturation) to a value of -100.

So get ready … So the image looks now:

Now the fun begins! Double-click the first adjustment layer you did, or simply open the properties. And now the slider Color tone (Hue) Move to this position until the effect you are satisfied with. You can also still work with Saturation (Saturation).

These settings we used to get the image that you see below. Now it looks much better, although it still seems that something is missing …

Here’s what we will do next: duplicate the same first adjustment layer Hue / saturation (Hue / Saturation) by dragging it onto the icon marked in the screenshot below.

Now for this newly created layer, change the blending mode with Chromaticity (Color) on Overlap (Overlay), and reduce slightly Opacity (Opacity), in our case up to 65%.

That’s what happened now. Contrast has increased markedly. No detail is lost, which gives depth to the image.

Note that each image requires an individual approach. What came up with this image may not please your. So do not be afraid to experiment with the settings, layers and modes yourself :)

4. Channel mixing

The last way you learn about this lesson is to use a correction layer. Mixing channels (Channel Mixer). With the original image active, go to the menu Layers – New Adjustment Layer – Channel Mixing (Layers – New Adjustment Layer – Channel mixer).

When such a window appears, check the box next to the function. Monochrome (Monochrome).

And now pick up the shades of black and white just by moving the sliders that correspond to the red (red), green (green), and blue (blue) colors of the image. Important: Try to have a total number of values ​​around 100 to avoid blurry areas in your image. We set the red and green channels to 0, and the blue to 100. This gives the skin an intense black and white tone.

The final step: duplicate the adjustment layer. Then change the blending mode with Ordinary (Normal) to Overlap (Overlay) and reduce Opacity (Opacity), for example, for this image it turned out 44% – but often it is necessary to lower to 20-30%. Look here – below is the result of our labors.

Very atmospheric image turned out. We are waiting for your impressions. We hope this article has given you a lot of useful information.

See you in the new lesson!

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