Convert To Black & White Tutorial
Tired of those colored images? Then read on… In this Convert to Black & White Tutorial your going to see the world through Mono tinted glasses. If this is your first experience using Elements 8 advanced option, then your in for a treat!
In Photoshop Elements 8 Convert To Black & White Tutorial, I will show you not only how to convert your image to Mono but how to add your own little touch of Mono Magic! First things first. Pick that image you want in Black & White.
1. Make sure your Layers Panel is visible. (Go to Window in the Menu Bar and choose Layers).
2. Now go to Window and click on Histogram.
3. Copy the image to a New Layer. (Go to Layer in the Menu Bar and click on Duplicate Layer).
4. In the Menu Bar go to Enhance and click on Convert to Black and White.
As you can see ‘Select a style’ is set to Scenic Landscape. I’m going to present pictures of the different presets and I want you to observe where the sliders are and how they affect the outcome, each channel interacts with the colors differently. For example, the blue channel may render a tree and it’s foliage very dark while the red channel sees it as being quite light. If you want the grass to be brighter in the final mix, increase the intensity of the green slider. Otherwise experiment and find your perfect mix. If you feel you’ve completely gone of course then simply click “Reset”.
Photoshop Elements 8 gives the user some really cool presets to work with. In this tutorial I decided to go with the Infrared Effect because I love how this effect separates the subject from the background. I’ve tweaked it a little by bringing the intensity of the red slider down giving it a more subtle and not so extreme background. If you like you can play with the sliders and remember, if you feel like you’ve burnt out any part of the image and you want to start again, just click on ‘reset’ and your away singing!
Once your happy with your Mono Mix, Click Ok.
Now go to Layer, flatten image and your done.