One of the most gorgeous and glamorous genre of photography is black and white photography. Most of the photographers around the world fail to appreciate the potential this genre of photography holds. The class and elegance that black and white photos produce is simply unmatchable. Having said how beautiful black and white photos can be, but we need to remember that it is very hard to hit the correct contrast and exposure setting in the field while doing a black and white photo shoot. For this reason, many of the photographers just shy away from taking black and white photos. The solution to this problem is that you can take colored photos in the field and then convert them to black and white photos using the popular post processing tool, Adobe Photoshop. It is advised that you keep shooting in RAW format to retain as much information as possible. So without further ado, let’s take an example of a colored photograph and see how its black and white version can be generated using Adobe Photoshop.
In the image below, you can see a beautiful and cute puppy is resting peacefully on the yellowish green grass. The amount of bright light around and reflecting from the yellowish green grass along with contrasting color of the puppy makes this photo a perfect candidate for black and white conversion.
Open up the photograph in Adobe Photoshop. Now click on the Image menu on the top left corner of the tool. This will open up another drop down menu. Click the menu Adjustments from that drop down menu which will open another window panel. Click the option Black & White after that. The same can be done by hitting the keyboard shortcut of Alt+Shift+Ctrl+B.
Doing so will open up a Black and White window and at the same time the image will become black and white in the preview mode. If Ok Button is pressed, the changes will becomes active otherwise if Cancel is pressed, it will discard the Black and White preview and will make the image colored again.
A lot of color sliders are visible in the Black and White window which can be seen in the diagram above. These sliders mean that the brightness of the particular color can be changed by dragging the slider right or left. Consider in the example above that the image has becomes a little dull due to yellow and green color of the glass. We can increase the contrast by increasing the brightness of both yellow and green color of the grass. To do so, take the slider of green and yellow color from their initial position towards right side. That will increase the brightness of both yellow and green color. The same can be seen from the image below that the sliders are dragged towards right in comparison to the image shown previously. Note the values of both yellow and green color in the previous and next image.
If you want to have your image in sepia tones or any other shade of colors, you can use the tint option on the same screen. Just check the tint box and click on the colored region as shown in the image below:
This will open up the Color Picker window. You can see the vertical slider in the Color Picker (Tint Tool) in the image above that can be varied to choose the basic color and then from the left side, its particular variant can be chosen to give that precise tint to your black and white photo. Just to give our readers a little more, let us mention another way to perform the same functionality. We can also do the same by adding a Black and White adjustment layer by clicking at the points highlighted in the image below:
That’s all you need to know about converting a colored image into a black and white image. You can easily see the comparison below: