Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Converting to black and white, part of Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos .
If you want to make a black-and-white photo, the best thing to do is not to try…to shoot a black-and-white photo using your camera's controls,…but rather, to shoot a color photo and then convert it to black and white here in…Elements' Expert edit workspace.…I'm going to do that using a direct adjustment from the Enhance menu.…So to be safe, I could make a duplicate of this color version of the image…by right-clicking on the background layer in the Layers panel and choosing Duplicate Layer.…I'm going to skip that this time.…Instead I'm going to go directly up to the Enhance menu and I'm going to choose…Convert to Black and White.…
That opens the Convert to Black and White dialog box with the color image on…the left and an initial black-and-white conversion in this After preview area on the right.…I usually start in this dialog box by going down to Select a style menu and…choosing among the pre-built black- and-white conversion styles here.…Keep your eye on the After preview as I click through these pre-built styles, and…
- Arranging the panels and interface
- Cropping and resizing photos
- Creating new layers
- Refining selections
- Hiding content with a layer mask
- Using adjustment layers
- Correcting color, lighting, and contrast
- Converting a color photo to black and white
- Creating a panorama from multiple photos
- Retouching blemishes and wrinkles
- Making adjustments in Camera Raw
Skill Level Beginner
1. Expert Edit Basics
2. Working with Layers
3. Using Selections and Masks
4. Correcting Photos
5. Using Photomerge
7. Processing in Camera Raw
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