Create Professional B&W Photography

There are several ways to get the Black and White effect on your picture. I'll show you one way to do it using Channel Mixer and Gradient Map in Photoshop. Don't worry, it's not as complicated as it sounds. With only 3 easy steps, you'll get a high contrast black and white picture that looks rather professional. So, if you feel like going back to basic today, let's try this black and white photography. Some camera can do this automatically for you. But if you don't have that kind of camera, Photoshop is here to help.

1. Open your image. Duplicate the image.

2. With the duplicate layer selected in the layer palette, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Channel Mixer.

On the first pop-up window, click OK. Then, you'll see the channel mixer window.

Check the Monochrome box. Then, adjust the Red, Green, Blue and Constant settings. Each image will have different settings. So, just experiment with the values here until you find the perfect fit for your image. Sliding the slider to the right will bring out the whites. And sliding it to the left will increase the black on your image.

3. Next, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map. Click OK on the first pop-up window.

And this window will appear. Select the Black, White gradient and click OK.

4. Here's your layer palette now. And you're done =)


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ace said...

Hi Andrew, thanks for your interest in this tutorial.

Sure you can post a translated version on your site. Just please host all the images yourself ;) and I appreciate a link back to the original tutorial...


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Joel said...

what is the gradient map for? it adds some contrast, but I don't see a higher/obvious purpose for it.

Tommy V. said...

You can have more control when converting your images to black and white by using an adjustment layer.

I wrote a tutorial on using selective coloring in photoshop the other day.

In it there is an example of using the black and white adjustment layer.

Eimille said...

Ace, your d best! pls continue inspiring us!Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I got a degree in Computer and i love editing pictures. Your tutorial is so easy to follow.
Two thumbs up on you!