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3 ways to convert your image into Black and White in Adobe Photoshop CC and number 3 will surprise you

3 ways to convert your image into Black and White in Adobe Photoshop CC and number 3 will surprise you.

Many of my followers  asked me to share my method for converting my images into Black and White and in this blog post I will share with my 3 favorite ways.

 

1: Use the Camera Raw Filter

Filter > Camera Raw Filter

Check “Convert to Grayscale” box and Photoshop will convert your image to B&W.

As usual the result is a pretty good, but if you like to have control over your image (and to be honest, I am a control freak so I am always applying a few extra steps). So if you are willing to take control over your image the next few steps are for you.

Adjust each Grayscale slider. Each slider will affect each individual color in your image. Moving sliders directly affects the mood of your image

Example:

This mix created high key image with a very romantic mood

But if I will move the Reds, Blues, Purples, and  Magentas sliders to the left I have created a very moody image.  

 

Tip: After you are fully satisfied with a Grayscale Mix ratio click on the Basic Tab and adjust Exposure, Contrast, Shadows, Whites, and Blacks sliders. Each slider will help you apply the last polishing step to your image.

 

 

2: Auto Black & White

 

Image > Adjustments > Black & White

 

In Adobe Photoshop CC we have many different Black and White Presets we can work with. I can’t say that you should use a particular one over others. Everything depends on your image., image light, details, subjects, and ect. I will recommend to try the different presets and after a few times you will have your favorite.  

With my current image I  I like the “Darker” Preset the most.

As I said above, I am a control freak, so I will adjust a few sliders as well.

Tip: Absolutely NOT NECESSARY to move  sliders like from 50% to 100% or to -100%. Very often less is better and even moving slider to 1%  makes a big and a very tasteful difference.

 

3: Adjustments

Window > Adjustments > Vibrance

In the Properties panel move “Vibrance” and “Saturation” sliders all the way to the left to -100%

Photoshop converted your image into B&W and created a new “Vibrance1” layer (this layer is a fully independent layer and you can modify and even delete it later on at any time).

Highlight your image layer (Layer1)

And click on “Selective Colors” in Adjustment panel. Photoshop created a new Selective Color1 layer.

In the Properties panel adjust the Black slider for each color

Tip: pay very close attention to the Neutrals and Blacks sliders.

 

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My New Online Training Site

I’m very please to announce my NEW online training site! “Everything Digital” 

About my training site: my main goal is inspire you and make your digital workflow more enjoyable. All of my tutorials are recorded in a conversational manner. No “robotic” talking head tutorials. I want to have a conversation with YOU. I want to make the learning experience more enjoyable. Here you will find different tutorials: from beginner to advanced level. I believe that the learning experience is suppose to be enjoyable and a two-way conversation.  

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My Books on Amazon:
Digital Painting for Photographers in Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Mobile Apps

Digital Painting in Adobe Photoshop

Few videos have been uploaded to my YouTube channel

 

Ballerina Painting

 

Speed Painting in Adobe Photoshop CC

The Oil Paint in Adobe Photoshop for Photographers

How to Retouch your image in Adobe Photoshop Fix

 

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My New Book – The Adobe Mobile Apps Book

Now you can preorder my new book – The Adobe Mobile Apps Book: Your Complete Guide to Adobe’s Creative Mobile Apps

 

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Adobe is pushing the creative envelope with what can be done on mobile devices. In this book you will see how to use Adobe’s complete offering of FREE mobile Apps to do everything from photo editing, to layout, video editing, story telling, social media posts and full blown page layout. Whether you plan to just start the creation process on your mobile device and finish on the desktop or do your entire project on your mobile device, this book will show you what’s possible in each app and best of all provide you with the knowledge of how to use the apps.

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New videos have been uploaded to my YouTube channel

Few videos have been uploaded to my  YouTube channel 

Face-Aware Liquify in Adobe Photoshop CC


Select and Mask workspace in Adobe Photoshop CC

How to create a movie poster in Adobe Photoshop CC

How to create a movie poster using Adobe Mobile Apps

Create an art inspired by Vincent van Gogh in Adobe Photoshop CC

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How to add a sunset effect in Photoshop

How to add a sunset effect in  Adobe Photoshop with only in one step

I took this picture few year ago in NYC using my iPhone‘s camera.

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The above image was taken in the evening through a glass window with  MANY PEOPLE around me so I did not have time to adjust my camera settings. Thanks  to Adobe Photoshop I can  improve my image (because I know how warm and beautiful the sunset looked and I want to make my photo looks as close to original condition as possible).

Window> Adjustments
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You can change the layer’s opacity (if needed)

 


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From earliest recorded time on earth people have been trying to express, capture, the moment, emotions, and their lifestyle. From century to century people developed new skills, new style bringing art to the next level…year by year, decade by decade, century by century.
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A Few Reasons to Attend Scott Kelby’s Seminar

A few reasons to attend  Scott Kelby’s Shoot Like a Pro: Reloaded Seminar Tour:

I have been a  member of KelbyOne (previously NAPP) for MANY years. It’s a one stop for everything: training, inspiration, community and much more.

Yesterday I attended Scott Kelby’s latest seminar in Atlanta. As usual  there was a LOT of information, tips and tricks along with his GREAT sense of humor that makes learning FUN. The seminar atmosphere made it easy to adopt a TON of  information without being overwhelmed.

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