Colour to Black and White in just 30 seconds video

Ever wondered why your black and white images look a bit flat?

Watch Tim explaining the best practice to convert your colour images into black and white in only 30 seconds.

Adobe Photoshop has so many different ways of converting colour images to B&W. These range from changing to greyscale in the modes menu, using desaturate slider in hue and saturation, through to using the Black and White command in the the adjustments menu. If you find your Black and White command is unavailable try changing the colour mode from CMYK to RGB.

Click here to see Tim’s 30 sec guide to RGB and CMYK video.



Quick bonus tip not in video

In the B&W panel there is an option to Tint the photograph. By clicking this option you can then access the tint colour, click this colour square to go to the colour picker and choose a tint for the image. By choosing a more or less vivid colour you can vary the saturation of the final image. Even a small tint can just give the image a slightly warm feel. See Ally’s picture of the sax player in the Cape Town market, the image of the steam train on the Brecon Beacon Railway in Wales  or even the images at the Shongweni Farmers Market and the Shongewni Dam. As you can see, none of our black and white images are truly B&W. We tint everything.


black and white panel with tint option

Black and white panel with tint option shown in red circles


If you use an adjustment layer for your B&W conversion you will always be able to go back to it and update it. You will also be able to reduce the opacity of the B&W adjustment and get a combination of B&W and colour. See our post on what makes a great black and white photo.

Lastly you can use a mask on the adjustment layer to paint back your colour image. All these techniques will be covered in detail soon in a separate post.

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