How to change your photo to black and white in Photoshop?

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Pau Monfort
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Black and white images should be expressive and rich in contrast. In this tutorial for Photoshop, we show you how to create an effective black and white photo in just a few clicks with two methods:



1- With the optionsImage tab
2- With adjustment layer Black White

How to switch your photo to black and white in Photoshop with the Image tab?

1. Open the document you want to switch to Black and White

File> Open

Open our document


2. Click on the tab:
Image > Adjustments > Black and White


Image > Adjustments > Black and White

3. Once validated, a new window will open with different parameters available.

You will be able to vary the intensity of each color in your Black and White by moving the sliders from right to left.

Black & White Settings

4. Adjust the percentage of colors to achieve the desired result.

Variation of colors

5. If you have trouble finding the right settings press [Automatic] and the software takes care of finding the most accurate setting.


Automatic adjustment

6. It is possible to customize the effect with preset filters.


Click on [Custom]
A drop-down menu will appear with the different effects.


Click on [OK] to confirm your settings.

Custom Filters The different filters

How to switch your photo to black and white in Photoshop with an adjustment layer?

1. In the layers palette, click on the adjustment layers symbol and select "Black and White"

Adjustment layer

2. A layer will be created above this one named "background"
The settings from it will be assigned to the bottom layer.

Adjustment layer

3. A new settings window opens where you can change the color settings.
Click on [OK] to validate your effect.


Settings window

4. With this method you can change the assigned parameters easily.
Double click on the adjustment layer icon and the properties window will open to change the settings you want to adjust.

Double click The window opens again

Two methods are possible for the same result, but the 2nd is much more suitable because you can go back to your settings whenever you want.

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