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Chapter 5: Photoshop: Global Adjustments > Converting to black and white

Converting to black and white

As you’ll recall from Chapter 2, it’s possible to convert a photo to black and white using Camera Raw. The black-and-white conversion settings in Photoshop are very similar to those found in Camera Raw. Consequently, making the conversion in Photoshop will not produce a significantly different type of black-and-white photograph. Because you’ll be doing most of your image adjustments in Camera Raw, I recommend converting to black and white in Camera Raw whenever possible. So why would you need to do it in Photoshop? Perhaps you want a black-and-white version in addition to a color version of a photo. Or you want to use some of the adjustments or retouching tools in Photoshop before making the conversion.

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In Photoshop the process for converting a photo to black and white is easy to do. All you have to do is add an adjustment layer. Go to the bottom of the Layers panel, click on the New Adjustment Layer icon, and select Black and White.


  

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