Black and White Conversion in Photoshop: Video Tutorial

Black and White Conversion in Photoshop
Black and White Conversion in Photoshop

Creating a Black and White Conversion in Photoshop isn't as easy as clicking a button. You should NEVER just click 'desaturate' or 'grayscale'-- you are loosing a lot of creative control and quality by choosing these options. Instead, you should use the black and white conversion tool offered in Photoshop C3 (and newer). It is an amazing tool that gives you complete control over the black and white conversion and how each tonality is represented in grayscale. This video tutorial gives tips on conversion, including conversions specifically for portraiture.

Black and White Conversions from Adler Photo Workshops on Vimeo.

In this tutorial Lindsay Adler will teach you how to do exquisite black and white conversions in Photoshop (cs3 and newer). Using the black and white adjustment layer tool, photographers are given complete control and simplicity for converting images to black and white. Lindsay will introduce you to the power of this tool and provide several tips on making conversions.

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  • Thank you! I usually use the channel mixer to do black and white. There are so many functions in Photoshop.

  • I wonder if it is better to do the B&W conversion in the Raw converter or in CS3? What do you think?

    • I use CS3/CS4 because I can use layer masks to make multiple adjustments. In other words… I can convert using one black and white conversion for part of the photo, and another ‘formula’ for conversion on another part of the photo. For example, if you had a blue sky that you wanted to go completely black, you can do one black and white conversion in CS3/4. Then, if you have a subject wearing the same color blue shirt in the foreground (but you don’t want it to be black), you can do a different conversion and use layer masks to get the ‘correct’ tones for that shirt or other subject matter. Make sense? Its taking control to a whole other level!

  • Yes it does, thanks Lindsay

  • Jackson

    Thanks! I really do appreciate you. I love your work. Looking forward to studying with you too. REal soon. I see it in my immediate future.