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Beyond Black and White

by Steph on 3 April 2012
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Learning how to turn your pictures into Black and White is one if the first things many beginner scrappers learn how to do. You probably do it simply by desaturating your photo. But did you know this actually turns your picture into shades of grey and NOT B&W? Well I’m here to show you an easy way to make them truly B&W. Here is the photo we are going to edit-

Once you have your picture open navigate over by the layers panel and click on the channels button. This will bring up 4 layers of your photo RBG, Blue, Red and Green. Play around with them by switching layers on and off until you find one that you like. This will be different for every photo. For this photo, I liked the blue channel best. Once you have picked one turn them all back on.


    Next we are going to play with those channels. Go to Image->Adjustments->Channel Mixer.    This will bring up a box with Red, Green and a Blue slider.   Like I said, I liked the blue channel the best, so I upped that channel slider and toned down the others. Just play with until it looks good. Then we are going to go Go to Image->Adjustments->Brightness/Contrast. This is where we really make the Blacks black and the whites white. Play with the sliders until it looks great.

Now you have a fabulous B&W photo that is leaps and bounds better then simply desaturating. Here is a little table showing you the difference. Hope you learned something new!

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1 Carol 4 April 2012 at 4:05 pm

Oh my word, thank you, thank you for this information. I have been so disappointed in pictures I have changed to BxW and especially so, the last picture I scrapped. I can’t wait to go try to re-do it this way. I really appreciate your giving these tutorials.

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2 mischalaneous 7 April 2012 at 5:20 pm

THANK you so much! This is SO helpful!

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3 Lili dAix 7 April 2012 at 5:40 pm

Merci beaucoup pour ce tutoriel très interessant !

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4 PJ 18 May 2012 at 9:53 pm

OMGosh! what a difference! Thank you!

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