Black and White conversion

Here is one good tip to convert some picture into a B/W colors.

Sometimes black and white pictures are too flat. This problem is a result of conversion of colors with same lightness into a black with same tint. For example, in RGB picture Red 200 and Blue 200 will become all Black 200.

This tip will give you possibility to choose a depth of the BW picture.

1. First open the picture and create a adjustment layer Hue/Saturation. Click OK without any changes.

2. Set this Hue/Saturation Layer to Color from blending options (there is still no visible changes on picture).

3. Make another Hue/Saturation layer and set the Saturation (-100) and click OK.

4. Now the good part. Click double on the first Hue/Saturation layer and move the Hue slider. When you move the Hue slider the colors of picture are changing and the depth become different.

Photo credits: Yordan Rusev.

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Thank's for your comments !


That really perks up those flat b&w conversions I've been doing. Thanks! Now I just have to figure out how to use the history brush and I'm set!


CS4 BW filter works on the same principle. There is no matter what filter or tip you will use - BW filter, Hue/Saturation or Chanel mixer most important here is to learn how to get depth in the BW photography. And at the end everyone choose his own method.


At least for the images I tried, the B&W filters built into CS4 seem to work better.


Thank you for the tip.


Useful tip! Thank you!


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nice tip. Cheers!!


Useful, again! Thanks for sharing!


sounds interesting. i've used many different ways to convert images to B&W, but not that one. I'll try it out later today.
thanks for the tip!


great tip! thanks!

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