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In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to easily convert a full color photograph into a beautiful, custom black and white image using a Black & White adjustment layer in Photoshop! I’ll be using Photoshop CC here but this tutorial is also compatible with Photoshop CS6.

In Photoshop’s earlier days, converting a color image to black and white was not as simple or as intuitive as it is today. At least, not if you cared about the results. Back then, many Photoshop users simply removed the color from the image, either by desaturating it or by converting it to Grayscale. These methods were quick and easy, and can still be used today. But they offer no control over what the black and version will look like. They simply toss away the color. And a color image, suddenly without color, often looks flat, dull and lifeless.

Rather than tossing away the color, what if we could somehow use the original colors in the image to help us convert it to black and white? What I mean is, what if we could adjust the brightness of specific areas in the black and white version based on the original color of those areas? What if we could darken the sky simply because it was blue, or lighten the grass because it was green? What if, instead of being something to throw away, the colors became the gateway, the key, to our black and white vision?

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Skill level: Beginner

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Time: 30 min – 1 hour

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Software: Photoshop

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Source Files: Any Image Can be Used

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Skill level: Master

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Time: 6 – 8 Hours

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Software: Photoshop

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