Quick Black and White Tutorial

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EL2's picture
Joined: 12/05/07
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Quick Black and White Tutorial

This is a tutorial for CS5 on how to convert to Black and White.

Adjust your picture in ACR - fix any blown area, color cast, etc.

Step 1
Make sure the background (1) is black. Then chose gradient map (2).

Step 2
Chose curves layer

Step 3
Add another curves layer to play with contrast, brightness, etc.

Optional - if you want to make it warm or cool pull down the RGB menu and play with red, green and blue until you get desired color

Ladybugsteph's picture
Joined: 06/21/06
Posts: 2977

Thanks, El! I'd also like to add that good contrasting lights and darks can help with your b&w not looking flat. Good directional lighting can help out a lot!

tialee80's picture
Joined: 02/04/12
Posts: 394

Thanks El, wanted to add that I love that pic! Great job!

Muddee's picture
Joined: 03/13/08
Posts: 2119

I love this tutorial on converting to B&W in Gimp, what I like most is it shows several different methods.

GIMP - Converting Color Images to B&W