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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training
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Converting color to black and white


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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Converting color to black and white

When you want a black and white photograph, it is best to shoot the photograph in color and then convert it later to black and white in Photoshop Elements because a color image has much more tonal information in it then a gray scale image made in a camera. And so you will have more latitude to adjust the color image and then you can convert it to black and white. When you are ready to convert, go to the Full Edit workspace in Elements and use the black and white converter adjustment. I'm going to convert this photo floats. jpg from the 10_10-convert subfolder in the Chapter10 exercise files. I'll go up to the Enhance menu at the top of the screen and down to Convert to Black and White. That opens the Convert to Black and White dialog box. On the left you see the color image, on the right a preview of how the black and white image will look with the current adjustments.
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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training
6h 41m Beginner Sep 26, 2008

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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting photos from a camera, scanner, or files
  • Organizing and finding photos with tags, albums, and Smart Collections
  • Using automatic and guided edit tools for common fixes
  • Mastering Full Edit mode for refining, retouching, and photo editing
  • Adding special effects and text
  • Sharing and backing up images on Photoshop.com
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Converting color to black and white

When you want a black and white photograph, it is best to shoot the photograph in color and then convert it later to black and white in Photoshop Elements because a color image has much more tonal information in it then a gray scale image made in a camera. And so you will have more latitude to adjust the color image and then you can convert it to black and white. When you are ready to convert, go to the Full Edit workspace in Elements and use the black and white converter adjustment. I'm going to convert this photo floats. jpg from the 10_10-convert subfolder in the Chapter10 exercise files. I'll go up to the Enhance menu at the top of the screen and down to Convert to Black and White. That opens the Convert to Black and White dialog box. On the left you see the color image, on the right a preview of how the black and white image will look with the current adjustments.

And those adjustments are down here at the bottom of the dialog box, the way to approach this is to start with the Styles on the left, which are preset combinations of individual controls on the right. So for example if I click on Infrared effect, that moves each one of the sliders on the right and it offers an infrared version of a black and white conversion. Newspaper gives a different look and different set of sliders as does Portrait, Scenic Landscape, Urban Snapshots and Vivid Landscape.

I think I'm going to try to start with Newspaper here and as the second step, I'm going to move over to the sliders and work with them. There is a separate slider here for adjusting the conversion for each kind of light in this RGB or red green and blue image. There is also a contrast slider. If I move the red slider to the right, it is going to lighten the red light in the image. The same is true of the green slider I think I'll leave that where it is and the same is true of the blue slider. That will lighten the blue light in the image. I'm going to try darkening the blue light by dragging it to the left of it and then it gives me a more dramatic look to my black and white conversion. I might increase the contrast a little also. Notice the buttons on the right. The Undo button takes you back one step at a time, so as you make adjustments to these sliders you can undo each adjustment in sequence. And there is a Redo button one step at a time, there is also a Reset button here and that will take you all the way back to ground zero before you started converting the image.

I'm going to click okay because I like this result and there is my converted black and white image back in the Full Edit workspace. Give this black and white conversion adjustment a try if you have some color images that you would like to convert into black and white art.

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