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Creating a black-and-white image

From: Quick Fixes with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Creating a black-and-white image

Sometimes you might decide that the best color adjustment for an image is to remove the color. Even when the color was part of the reason you took a picture in the first place. Converting to black and white can give an image a more timeless look, or just a more creative appearance. And creating a black and white interpretation of an image is surprisingly simple. To get started, we'll choose Enhance and then Convert to Black and White from the menu. That will bring up the Convert to Black and White dialog where we can choose a basic style to get started with. Simply click on the name of the style and take a look at the after version, the preview of the image.

Creating a black-and-white image

Sometimes you might decide that the best color adjustment for an image is to remove the color. Even when the color was part of the reason you took a picture in the first place. Converting to black and white can give an image a more timeless look, or just a more creative appearance. And creating a black and white interpretation of an image is surprisingly simple. To get started, we'll choose Enhance and then Convert to Black and White from the menu. That will bring up the Convert to Black and White dialog where we can choose a basic style to get started with. Simply click on the name of the style and take a look at the after version, the preview of the image.

To get a sense of which style will work best as a good starting point. Even though this photo is most certainly not a portrait, it seems to me that the Portrait setting is a good starting point here. I can then adjust the intensity of the individual color elements within the photo. Increasing the slider will increase the brightness for the color identified by the slider. So for example, increasing the value for Red will brighten the reds, while reducing the value for reds will darken those colors within the image. I think for this image, slightly dark reds will work out pretty well. I'll set the slider right there for starters.

I can then take a look at the greens. And it looks like increasing Green will give me some nice contrast. So I'll increase the greens just a little bit, and then I'll take a look at the blues. And once again, I think a slightly lighter version of the blues is probably going to be best. Finally, I can adjust overall contrast within the image, within my black and white interpretation. In this case I don't think I need too much contrast. I think I will brighten up the reds just a little bit more, not too much, I just want to maintain good overall brightness in the image, good density, and especially nice contrast. I think that works out very, very nicely.

So I'll go ahead and click the OK button in order to apply my black and white conversation into the image. I could certainly continue applying additional adjustments to fine tune the overall Tonality. But as you can see just by using the Convert to Black and White command, I end up with a very good black and white interpretation of my photo.

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