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Converting color to black and white 2

posted by gerbrak, Oct 19, 2006 8:52 PM — 12 comments

Open your photo

Choose Image/mode/lab color

Go to the channels palette and select the Lightness channel

Go to Image/Mode and choose Grayscale.

When photoshop asks you if you want to discard the other channels click OK

To fine tune your image, go to the layers palette and duplicate the background layer (Control-J).
Now you can experiment with the different blend modes and the opacity until you like what you have.

Flatten your image, save your file and you're done!

(If you want to add some color be sure to go to Image/Mode and choose RGB Color before saving your file)

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1. posted by a_kartha, Oct 20, 2006 9:15 AM

Another way to do it! Will try it out. I have been using the channel mixer and then duplicaing layers till now.

Will try this out! Nice tute!

2. posted by tdenham, Oct 20, 2006 6:08 PM

Wow! Very good tutorial and very easy to follow! Great job!

3. posted by huiskefe, Oct 20, 2006 10:48 PM

Thnx very much ! A whole new world opens...

4. posted by oddie10, Oct 23, 2006 8:57 AM

a new refreshment .. nice ;)

5. posted by mailsparky, Oct 24, 2006 10:08 PM

Clearly explained, in black & white so to speak, 10/10.

6. posted by infinn8, Oct 25, 2006 3:29 PM

Very good, thanks

7. posted by jmcmurdo, Oct 27, 2006 4:07 PM


8. posted by polska1, Nov 16, 2006 1:52 AM

Very useful and nicely written tut. I've tried your method and I'm really happy with it. All new duotone pics from my gallery are converted this way.
Thank you

9. posted by frazehmad, Dec 5, 2006 10:30 AM

Ya! I got it. What I was looking for..... Great

10. posted by charcoa1, Dec 8, 2006 7:23 AM

I'll give it a try, thanks!

11. posted by sumppump, Jun 26, 2013 12:55 AM

Very Good Job!!!

12. posted by sumppump, Jun 26, 2013 12:59 AM

Nice photos. I will be waiting to more your photo.

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