Photoshop Basics: Black and White Conversions


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In this lesson you are going to learn how to convert your photographs from color to

black and white in just 3 simple steps.  Let’s get started:

Steps 1: Prepare to Convert

Are you looking for the perfect photo for your Holiday cards this year? Do you have a really great group shot but the colors are all wrong for the Holidays? Follow along with these steps to a quick and classy makeover for any photograph!

  • From the main/top tool bar select Image/ Adjustments / Black & White

Steps 2: Convert to Black & White

Now’s your chance to enhance the tones and highlights of you photo

  • The Black and White Box will pop up after following step 1
  • Make sure the Preview Box is check-marked
  • Slide the bars of each color challenge to bring up the highlights or darken the shadows
  • Save your photo and your set or follow along with next step to add a tint

Steps 3: Optional – Add a Tint

If you love the sepia look or want to add a little character – this step is for you!

  • Follow the steps 1 and 2
  • Add check-mark to the Tint Box
  • Slide the Hue bar to select the color you would like to blend into your photo
  • Slide the Saturation bar to select how much of the color is added to your photo


We can’t wait to see what you create with this Photoshop Basics Technique!

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    • Kristy says

      Carissa, are actions are fun to work with in Photoshop! We’ll shall be getting those during our Photoshop Basics Series. We’re currently getting familiar with all the tools, tool bars, and palettes Photoshop already has installed for us.