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Hi and welcome back.

Today let’s take a look at a simple black and white conversion.

Black and white images area powerful and beautiful.  Without the noise of color, there is an understated elegance to a black and white image.

In this image, I want to go to B/W and then push contrast a bit.

Open your image in PS and copy the background layer using CTRL>J

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Use the Keystroke command CTRL>J to copy the background layer or drag and drop your background layer over the little icon on the bottom that looks like a sticky note pad with a dogeared page next to the trash bin:

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For a simple and fast conversion without having to deal or with with the RGB channels, just add a Hue/Saturation layer by clicking on the half black/half white icon on the bottom of the layer palette and and drop all of the saturation out of the image:

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On top of that layer, add a Brightness/Contrast layer and push the contrast up a bit.  A simple desaturation will leave you image lacking contrast between the highlights and shadows:

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Voila!  Here is a beautiful b/w conversion.  Use the Contrast slider to taste as some images may need more or less contrast:

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Here is the side-by-side example.  Now I have a beautiful b/w image that only took a few seconds to create.

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I’ll be at Unique Photo tomorrow, so I hope to see you there!

Till then, happy shooting.