Advanced Photoshop Methods for Better Black-and-White Images

If you'd like to move beyond the basic methods of converting your color images into black and white, try using Layer Adjustment tools.

One way to covert color images into black and white is by using the Layer Adjustment tools in Photoshop.

Start by opening the Layers palette (Window > Layers). At the bottom of the Layers palette is a circle that is half filled with white. When you mouse over the button, the label says, “Create a new fill or adjustment layer.” Next, select the option Black & White. The grayscale coloring will appear on another layer. You can edit the grayscale coloring as well without damaging the original image. This is one of the best and most flexible options for editing.

This method allows for non-destructive changes to the photo, keeping the edits on a separate layer above the image. These types of adjustments also typically give the user much more control over editing the newly black-and-white photo.

-Jennifer Foy, Unisub

Jennifer Foy

Jennifer Foy

Jennifer Foy has over 20 years of experience using Adobe software and working in the advertising, marketing, and design fields. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, and a Master of Arts in Advertising from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Her years of teaching experience include numerous software and design classes for colleges in Atlanta, Georgia, and Louisville, Kentucky.

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