Photoshop Tutorial: Black and White Tutorial and Backing Up Edited Work

May 4, 2012 by Leave a Comment

I’m back with one of my bloggy besties, Jamie from Sew Rockin’!  Have you stopped by her fabulous blog yet!?  She is an awesome photographer and crafter in addition to being a photoshop genius!!!  I’m real glad to have her back on my blog to share more Photoshop tips and tricks!!!   Today’s Photoshop Tutorial is  GREAT!   

  • How to Change Your Photograph to Black & White AND How to Back Up Your Edited Work!
Isn’t that quote so true….let’s learn a little more
about changing those memories into forever treasures!!!

Tip #6 – Black and white is easy and customizable!

One way to turn your color image to a black and white image is to go to Image → Mode → Grayscale. It basically discards all of the color information in the image file. Don’t do it this way because you will drastically reduce the options you have when it comes to editing tab. Instead, you want to use Layer → New Layer Adjustment → Black and White.If you have an older version of PS, you may not find the “Black and White” option. If that is the case, go to New Adjustment Layer–> Gradient Mask. On the drop down menu for Gradient Mask, choose the half black, half white one. This will put your the new layer in gray scale. Another option if you want a little more control on how the black and white looks is to use New Adjustment Layer –> Channel Mixer. Check the Monochrome box and then you can adjust the levels of each of the RGB layers.

You can also use the “Levels” or “Curves” adjustments to further change the overall contrast. [PSE users - There is no “Black and White” setting. You have to go to Enhance → Adjust Color → Remove Color on whatever layer you want to remove the color. Then you can adjust the way the BW image looks through either “Levels” or “Curves” as explained in the previous tip.]

Tip #7 – History matters!
This isn’t Microsoft Word and if you find yourself on change #100 you can’t just decide to go back to change #33. Photoshop might only let you go back to change #80. The History screen will show you everything you have done up until the point it will let you go back. And you always have the option of starting over from the original image. And you can’t just “undo” like word either. You have to go to Edit → Step Backward (it’s annoying!) or you click back through the history.
[PSE users - history is called “Undo History”. If you don’t see the window open on your screen already, you can make it visible by going under “Window” on the control bar.]
But, if you go back to step #80 and change it, then you decided you liked the original step #84 better, you are out of luck because everything in your history has been erased after #80. So if you find yourself liking something you do but you kind of want to try other things, you can take a snapshot by clicking the little camera icon at the bottom of the history screen. This literally takes a snapshot of the image you just changed and saves it below your original image in the history tab.
You can save as many snapshots as you want while you are working. Unfortunately, saving the file when you are done does not permanently save any of your snapshots. To save a snapshot, you select the one you want and click the new document button on the bottom of the history screen (next to the snapshot button. This will open your snapshot as a new document tab.

This is definitely some fun stuff! If you have any questions you can email me at jamie {at} sewrockin.com.  I’d love to have you come for a visit…above are links to some of my favorite tutorials!

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