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How to Convert Photos to Black and White in Photoshop, the best way!

How to convert a photo to black and white in Photoshop. The Channel mixer is still the best way to get a clean black and white photo in Photoshop. This tutorial explains why and examines the other methods too. This is the best way to learn black and white photos in Photoshop.

How to Convert Photos to Black and White in Photoshop, the best way!

As you know, there are a number of way to convert a photograph to black and white in Photoshop.

  • You can convert to grayscale mode (and lose 2/3 of the information)
  • You can desaturate the image, this will give you no control over the conversion
  • You can use the Black and White Adjustment (A very good method, but be careful not to add artifacts).
  • You could do it in Camera RAW, awesome results too.

We are going to do it with Channel Mixer. I’m going to show you why, I believe this is the best method in Photoshop for most black and white conversions.

You can also use 3rd Party plugins like Macphun and Nik that produce excellent results too.

As always, this is my preferred way to work (Although I do use the Black and White adjustment a lot too). Try this out, and see if it fits into your workflow.

See this tutorial on Black and White Noir effect

noir

Thanks for watching,

See you at the CAFE!

Colin

PS. If you enjoy this kind of thing, please check out Photoshop CC for Digital Photographers. It is my longest running series and hands-down my best selling video in Photoshop. (We have this available for all versions of Photoshop in our store too, check it out ). 

Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Colin Smith

About Colin Smith

Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

  • Katy Gordon

    I like how guys from FixThePhoto working with B/W effect in landscape photos. Your techniques look like him