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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


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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Rainy window glass effect in Adobe Photoshop CC

Rainy window glass effect in Adobe Photoshop CC

Open you image

Duplicate background layer

Create a new layer

Create a new layer with black color

Filter > Render > Fibers

Magic Wand Tool

Select top layer

Click Delete

Select > Deselect

Filter > Blur >Motion Blur

Add a layer style > Bevel & Emboss

Edit > Free Transform

Bring the layer opacity down

Highlight “Background copy” layer

Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur

Adjustments > Curves

Highlight “Layer1” > Fill =0%

Edit > Free Transform > Resize “Layer1”



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Convert Your Photo into Black and White in One Step

Here’s how to convert your photo into a black and white in one very effective step:

1: Open the image you want to work with in Photoshop.
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2: Choose Window > Adjustments > Gradient Map
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3: Click Reverse
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That’s it!

I used Adobe Photoshop CC and Wacom Cintiq 

From “traditional” to digital painting

I always believed that we have reached the point that there are no more boarders between “traditional” and digital art.  Using Moleskine and Adobe apps we can jump from a “traditional”  pencil painting to digital painting using Adobe Photoshop CC.

I started my project using the  Moleskine Smart Notebook (Creative Cloud connected )



Using the FREE  Moleskine, a Creative Cloud connected app I took picture of my sketch . The image was saved in my Creative Cloud folder.


And I finished my project in Adobe Photoshop CC  using a Wacom Tablet


Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch Medium Tablet (PTH651)

Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen Display (DTK1300)



How to Make a Movie Poster with Adobe Photoshop Mix

Click on + icon


Click on Camera Roll icon


Choose your first ( and it will be our background ) image


Resize your image


Adjust > Exposure ( move exposure’s slider all way to the left to apply the Night Time Effect to our background layer)


Click on the second layer icon and add your second image

Click on Cut Out icon. Now we need to remove the Moon’s background.

Resize the Moon’s size

Adjust > Exposure ( move exposure’s slide to the left to make the moon darker )

Holding the Moon Layers move this layer over our Background layer

Now we have another “empty” layer. Click on the “empty” layer and chose the robot image


Cut Out > Remove Robot’s image background

Adjust > Exposure > Move Exposure slider to the left to make robot image absolutely dark


Holding Robot Layer icon move this layer over our First layer

Click on Looks icon > Natural + look


Adjust > Saturation > Move slider to the left

Send to Photoshop > Your image is Stored in your Creative Cloud Photoshop Folder



Open your Photoshop Mix image in Photoshop

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Adobe Paper Texture Pro

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Chose any paper texture you like to work with > Image > Adjustment > Vibrance

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Make Layer opacity = 67% > Gradient Tool ( with opacity = 18% )

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Apply mask to highlight the moon and robot

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Adjustment Layers > Exposure

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