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When you remove the color from an image and
create a black-and-white image, you remove some
of the reality from the scene. Removing some of
the reality can create a more artistic image. What’s
more, a black-and-white image can, but not al-
ways, have more impact and look more dramatic
than a color photograph.
In Photoshop CS3, its easy to create a beautiful
black-and-white image.
In this lesson, I discuss techniques for creating
a black-and-white image from a color file, and
more! To illustrate these techniques, I’ll use a pic-
ture of a holy man whom I photographed in the
Kingdom of Bhutan.
I used Adjustment Layers (LayerNew Adjust-
ment Layer) for my enhancements, as I recom-
mend to all my workshop students when making
adjustments. However, to save time and to save
having to write LayerNew Adjustment Layer
for each adjustment, I will go right to the Adjust-
ment.
Let’s go.
The photo above is the original image. Sure, I like
the saturated colors. However, as I do with all of
my favorite images, I experimented with black-
and-white imaging for creative possibilities.
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Subtle colors are the opposite of saturated colors—
the kinds of colors we used to get when shooting
super-saturated films. For a softer, subtler image,
I used the Hue/Saturation adjustment in Photo-
shop CS3 and moved the Saturation slider almost
all the way to the left.
As you can see, I still have a color photograph, but
the less-intense colors produce a softer image.
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With my full-color image opened once again,
I used the Black and White adjustment and ad-
justed the sliders, one for each tone/channel, until
I was pleased with what I saw. Experiment with
these sliders. They give you total control over the
color channels in your image. Thats unlike using
ModeGrayscale, which changes all the channels
in one fell swoop!
Even with all those channel sliders at my finger-
tips, I felt that the image looked a bit flat. So, I
boosted the contrast using the Brightness/Con-
trast adjustment. Youll find that, by boosting the
contrast of your low-contrast images, such as the
one I am sharing in this lesson, your pictures will
look stronger and brighter.
Heres the black-and-white version of my color
image after applying all of the aforementioned ad-
justments.
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Other creative enhancements are available to you
in the Black and White dialog box. Click on the
Tint box and you can change the hue and satura-
tion of the image.
After checking the Tint box, I played around
with the Saturation slider to create this sepia tone
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