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One of the best ways to significantly change the look of an image is to convert it to black and white. Suddenly things like texture, tone, shape, lines will look very different as a monochromatic image. It's also great for when you sort of hit the wall with your image and you want it to look different, but you are not sure what to do. There are lots of ways to convert to black and white, I want to show you a couple of very fast ways that gives you an easy fast look, but you also refine them a bit more. So here's our image in Photoshop and as we mentioned before one of the things we want to do here is just hit Auto first and see what we get.
And that changes my image quite a bit I can pull the Highlights down a little bit and if I want to introduce a little more contrast in the shadows, that's easy to do. Now probably the easiest way to do black and white is the black and white Adjustment layer. And if I get Auto again in here, it's just going to give me a little bit more contrast between the channels. And I can come into any of these different Presets and get some pretty different looks simply by clicking on those and there are a lot of those. As with any of the Presets, you can further refine them and save them as your own.
But we are not going to use this one, I want to show you a new one that's in the Gradient Maps, and we have licensed a bunch of presets for the Gradient Maps. So if you click on Gradient Map and then come in here, this little fly-out gear, and add the Photographic Toning presets, just click OK, and I like to look at this as a large list, so I can remember which one I liked. And there are all sorts of different ones in here, same idea, you get a really different look at your image, these are especially nice for some of the mixed tones that you see here.
I am going to go with the Selenium 2 and that looks great, it's really nice monochromatic image. Now this isn't just for black and white, I can use this for color as well. So if I come in here and say Color Burn, I get a really nice saturated image and this being an Adjustment layer, I can just back it down a little bit. And the other great thing about this being an Adjustment layer is I can come over here and grab a brush, I want to make sure that that's black. I can change the size, again using Ctrl+ Opt or Ctrl+Alt to quickly change my brush size and then just restore the tone to the background.
I am just cutting through the effect that we applied. And so there in just a few seconds we seriously changed the look of our image. So great for black and white, but great for color as well.
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