Black and white - converting and editing

As we know there are a lot of different ways how to turn your colorful pictures into black and white. We also know there are several ways to edit gray tones in black and white. One way I sometimes use (in photoshop) is the following:

1. Open a color picture in PS.

2. Create Vibrance layer on top of the picture (background) layer

3. Create Hue/Saturation layer on top of Vibrance layer

4. Select (if not selected) the Hue/Saturation layer and slide the saturation slider to the left side to lose colors

5. Select Vibrance layer and start playing around with Vibrance and Saturation sliders to change brighter or darker gray tones even more darker or brighter (or change contrast in other words)

6. Once you found suitable tones, select all layers, Ctrl+E (in windows) to flatten image and save your nice colorless photo (always keep the originals, so make sure you do not overwrite the colorful file!!).


Photo credits: Risto Hunt.

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Thanks! Fortunately i have only few b&w pictures in my portfolio. I'll keep that in mind and try always to upload colorful images. Those 2 images currently used in this blog were colorless anyway - camera was black and silver and smoke was created in PS.

(Wise) criticism is always welcome as criticism usually stays in our head and comes in mind when when you're doing things related to this. Good for further learning ;)


Don't tale this as a criticism it's simply a comment on black and white.

As a graphic designer and a buyer of stock images as well as a contributor I don't like buying black and white images. Most designers are capable of converting to black and white themselves and I for one prefer that the photographer not make color decisions for me. If I buy a black and white image all I can do with it is use it black and white or hand tint it but with a color image I can convert to black and white, or keep certain elements in color and convert the background to black and white, create a hand tinted look, desaturate the color for a specific feel.... etc. etc. Keep that in mind when you consider making your pics black and white only.


Nice article


Thanks for the tip.
I quite like using the Black and White tool in Image Adjustments (Image > Adjustments > Black & White), although I think this is only available in the Creative Suite. The presets allow you to play around with information in different Channels to get the best results.


Cool! Thanks for sharing! :)


Thank you for sharing :)


Great tip! Thank you for sharing!


Thank's for the tip, always interesting to see how other's achieve a certain effect.


Thanks for this great tip!


Thanks for sharing this great information....


Great tip , thanks

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