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The Photoshop® Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers by Matt Kloskowski, Scott Kelby

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Getting a Better Conversion from Color to Black and White

I’ve run into a lot of digital photographers that use the Remove Color function or change the mode to Grayscale in Elements to convert from color to black and white. Nearly every single one of them is disappointed with the results. That’s because Elements simply removes the color from the photo and leaves a very bland looking black-and-white image. Plus, there are no settings, so you can’t customize your black-and-white photo in any way. Here’s a great technique that creates a better black and white and gives you plenty of control to really customize the way it looks.

Step One:

Open the color photo you want to convert to black and white. Press D to set your Foreground and Background to ...

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