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!
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.]