Today we are going to take that lovely photo that you have finished editing and switch it to black and white. Ready? Grab a picture you love and run it through steps one through five. I'll wait. No worries.
Here is the photo I am going to use today. It has been sized, saved, leveled, curved, and had its eyes brightened and sharpened.
So the easiest way to make a photo black and white is to switch it to grayscale.
While it is the fastest, I usually find it a bit muddy.
Another quick fix is to use Channel Mixer. It has 6 options for tone. Here is our photo of the day to show you some of them.
Here is back and white with infrared.
The black and white with blue filter.
Then the yellow filter. (This one was best on this photo.)
Aren't they different, one from another?
I use this from time to time. I do like that I can switch between the possibilities so easily. And I am getting better at knowing which one will look best, so I don't have to go through all 6.
There are so very many actions that turn your photos without too much work. Here are a handful.
Pioneer Woman's Black and White Beauty.
Here is Pioneer Woman's PWs B&W.
Willette's Autumn Set, Naked Trees B&W.
I like these for their ease of use. But at the end of the day, I really just like to do my own thing. Which we will call, Grayscale Plus.
Here is my photo after grayscale plus.
Here is a side by side with the standard grayscale so you can see the difference. It's just a bit brighter.
Here is the difference on another photo. If you click it to make it bigger, you can see how the grayscale plus keeps a bit more detail.
To create this look, I first go to color balance and up the green until the whites are tinted green. Then I go to grayscale.
Here is a visual for the steps.
First drag the color green up higher.
Which will leave your photo looking a little alien.
Then switch the photo to grayscale.
Once you have completed this step, you might want to fix the curves just a smidgen. When you are in grayscale, the curves grid is upsidedown, so take a second and switch back to RGB or you won't be very successful unless you go backwards. Once you are back in RGB mode, you can add just a touch of black and brighten it up just a bit and you will be good to go!
There are so many fun ways to make a black and white photo. I hope this has given you a few ideas!
Please leave any questions you might have. I'd be happy to answer them!