Photoshop: Converting an Image to Black and White

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Sometimes a photo is striking in black and white. Other times, you need to change an image to black and white for some other reason. Perhaps you want to include the image in a newsletter that is printed in black and white. Whatever the reason, making the change is easy. You start by making a copy of your photo. You will work from the copy so that the original photo remains intact.

  1. Choose Image > Duplicate from the menu. The Duplicate Image dialog box opens.
  2. Type the name you want to give to the copy of your photo.
  3. Click OK.

You are now ready to change your color image to black and white.

  1. Choose Image > Mode > Grayscale from the menu.
  2. If prompted, click OK to discard color information.

Your photograph is now black and white.


Figure 2.1 Color
Figure 2.2 Black & white
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