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in this Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to turn your color images into black and white images.
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Hello everyone, this is Chad West a.k.a. still descending on You Tube the mio and vio.
And if you’re one of my new subscribers, or one of my older subscribers, you’ve probably been wondering where the hell the new videos are, and well sorry, life happens and this isn’t my day job, by any means if you couldn’t tell. And so, life happens and the day job has to take importance over the fun stuff like taking pictures and making tutorial videos. So, you’ll notice now that I am on a MAC. So, from now on I’ll be giving you the Macintosh shortcuts first, and the PC shortcuts second.
In this video I’m going to explain a little bit about the different kinds of black and white images, how to make your picture into black and white, and how not to turn your image into black and white. So, to get started, open up an image of, let’s not worry about camera roll, open up an image of a former French room mate of mine. And without getting into the photographic merits of this photo where the lack thereof, I did notice that, I just wasn’t happy with this image in color, when I saw it in black and white, it immediately became a much stronger image. So, I’m going to walk you through my method of creating a black and white and really how to, at home costs, avoid creating a black and white image.
The first method is a simple de-saturation, that’s the method that most Photoshop beginners are going to be familiar with. You can do that by hitting command-shift-U on a MAC or control-shift-U on a PC. And you see that creates a nice but kind of boring looking black and white. And one of the advantages of this method is that you stay in your original color mode if you were in RGB before hand, you still are in RGB. And this means that, if you wanted to add a warming filter or a cooling filter to kind of tone up your image some, you can still do that because you actually still have a color image. And for instance, just to add a photo filter here, fourth icon from the left at the bottom of the layers palette, click photo filter, turn the preview there, and you see just the default settings. What happens, you get a very sepia looking tone to it, and I really prefer to tone mine down the density here, and I keep it generally between 10 and 15%, and when I uncheck the preview, you can see the difference in color. And just tone it to your taste. If you prefer to use a different color, you can use this drop down menu for two other different warming filters, three cooling filters, plus some other pre-defined colors, or just use a color and pick a lime green and give yourself a lime green photo filter. Okay, that’s the first way.
The second way is the way I recommend you avoid, unless you’re printing a newspaper. I don’t know if I mentioned this or not but, by day I am a journalist, I work for a newspaper where we still print our own newspaper in house. And we have to use grayscale images for our purposes to put into the newspaper. And this is only the only use I see for grayscale, because what this does is strips away all the color information. So, you’re not actually working in RGB or CMYK anymore, you’re working in grayscale. So, image mode, grayscale, and you see it listed there with RGB, CMYK. And when I click this, it presents a dialogue box, discard color information; do you really want to do that? To control the conversion, use image adjustments black and white, and we’ll do that next. So, discard. And now again, I have a black and white image, but if I wanted to add a photo filter, and when I try to do that, you see now it’s grayed out. I can’t add a photo filter, because I have no color. I’m working only between pure white, and pure black. And this is why this is handy in the newspaper business, because when I print my newspaper, I have to print four negatives, a cyan, a magenta, a yellow, and a black. And if my black and white photo is in CMYK, well that means I need four negatives, for one black and white photo, whereas, if my photo, my black and white photo was in grayscale, I need one negative to print that photo. And this, in the newspaper industry, saves time and money which are both very scarce resources now. And that’s really the only use I can see for grayscale. So if you’re not printing a newspaper, don’t bother.
And the third method is something that’s brand new in Photoshop CS3, well not brand new, it’s probably a year old by now, or two. But it’s new to Photoshop CS3, it is the black and white adjustment layer which the grayscale dialogue told us about. And again, clicking the fourth icon from the left at the bottom of the layers palette, choose black and white, and this presents a black and white dialogue. And you see that although it’s black and white, it presents you with reds, yellows, greens, cyan, blue, magenta, and that means that anything that was red in the photo before it was black and white, is now controlled by the slider. So if I wanted to tone down his skin some, or lighten it up, whatever the case may be, I use the red slider. For instance, let’s slide it to the left, to the right, and we his skin becoming very pale. Slide it to the left, we see him becoming dark. And the other sliders do much the same, for instance magenta is also going to control his skin, but some of his shirt as well. Yellows, in this picture, yellow really only has an effect on the cigarette butt. And I could spend another 45 minutes just tweaking the different colors and try to get my black and white how I like it. This is really useful for landscape shots, if you have a lot of green, then you will definitely be making use of the green slider and possibly the blue as well, and the yellow, the yellow for your leaves. If it’s an autumn shot, you’ll be using a lot of the red slider to really define and give your image some depth. And this is my preferred method, and we see here at the bottom there’s tint and when I check this, makes my image very orange. This does the same thing as the photo filters did before hand. This is the CS3 way to do it.
The first way I showed you was the CS2 way to do it, before we had this nifty black and white dialogue. So again, I’m going to make my color very subtle. If I uncheck the tint, we can examine the changes between the sepia tone and the colder gray tone, bluish tone. And that’s that, and the rest of it is up to you, working on your curves, your levels, your shadows, and highlights and that sort of thing. But those are the three methods of doing a black and white, now, there is the de-saturation and photo filter method which now is outdated thanks to Photoshop CS3’s black and white adjustment layer. And the third option is grayscale, and again, I recommend you avoid grayscale unless you really have specific intent.
So, that’s it and what was my sign off before hand something, oh keep learning. Yes, keep learning, but I’m going to add something new, keep contributing. I highly recommend that you contribute your knowledge and your information back to the community, back to the forums. That‘s where I learned a lot of what I know, and once you accumulate your knowledge, you read books, you check them out from the library, or you buy the DVD’s, the Photoshop Tutorial DVD’s, contribute this back to the community. Get on the forums and answer some questions. Make a Photoshop screen cast, but keep learning, keep contributing. I’ll see you in another 10 months, that’s a joke.