Quickly convert a photo to black and white using Photoshop

Adobe Employee ,
Aug 20, 2020 Aug 20, 2020

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One quick and easy, non-destructive method for converting a color photo to black and white in Photoshop is to use a Black and White Adjustment Layer. Then, if you want to customize the look of your image, you can use a preset or adjust tones for each color with the sliders to create a variety of looks.

 

 

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Related links:

Convert a color image to black and white

Adjusting color and tone in Photoshop

Adjustment and fill layers in Photoshop

Learn about adjustment layers

 

There are, of course, many different ways to accomplish the task of converting from a color image to black and white. If you are new at this, you can start by trying the method above. Are you feeling adventurous? Try it in several different Adobe apps. Share your preferred method or your favorite black and white photo in the comments section below.

 

Learn how to convert a photo to black and white using other Adobe apps:

Quickly convert a photo to black and white using Photoshop on the iPad

Quickly convert a photo to black and white using Lightroom for mobile

Quickly convert a photo to black and white using Lightroom Classic

Quickly convert a photo to black and white using Lightroom

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Adobe Community Professional , Sep 25, 2020 Sep 25, 2020
In general saving your images in jpg format will give the smallest file size. Jpg is a lossy format so it's a trade off between that size and the quality of the image. Alternatively, make the images smaller and / or let a click on these pop up a larger image. All of the above can be combined to improve page load speeds For further reading, please take a look at: https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop/saving-smallest-jpg-possible-with-photoshop/td-p/9914348?page=1

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Aug 22, 2020 Aug 22, 2020

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Enthusiast ,
Aug 23, 2020 Aug 23, 2020

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I prefer using calculations.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 26, 2020 Aug 26, 2020

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I guess we all had our preferred methods of coverting colour images to black and white, but when the B&W Adjustment layer was introduced (was it CS4?) it was a total game changer.  OK, a lot of people swear by Silver Efex Pro, but you can still get that high contrast effect SE Pro just using what comes with Photoshop, and without needing a lot of work.  Why make life complicated?

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Aug 29, 2020 Aug 29, 2020

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I used photoshop to design my website logo and banners. 

 

I prefer it to other softwares

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Explorer ,
Sep 01, 2020 Sep 01, 2020

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Users can automatically colorize black & white images with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020.  How come this feature is in the sawn off app and not in the top level expensive subscription version of the app?????

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 02, 2020 Sep 02, 2020

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Thanks for the post! 

 

 

Lots of love

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Sep 17, 2020 Sep 17, 2020

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You are very welcome!

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Explorer ,
Sep 05, 2020 Sep 05, 2020

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Hi, I find it really nice thanks for sharing

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Sep 11, 2020 Sep 11, 2020

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I'm a fan of converting to a Smart Object and then applying the Camera Raw Filter.

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Sep 22, 2020 Sep 22, 2020

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Hi! Nice. someone knows in what format I can save the images for my website. I need them to weigh less. My website
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Thank you

Soy un diseñador web, que le encanta la literatura.

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Sep 25, 2020 Sep 25, 2020

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In general saving your images in jpg format will give the smallest file size.

Jpg is a lossy format so it's a trade off between that size and the quality of the image.

Alternatively, make the images smaller and / or let a click on these pop up a larger image.

All of the above can be combined to improve page load speeds

 

For further reading, please take a look at:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop/saving-smallest-jpg-possible-with-photoshop/td-p/9914348?pa...

 

 

Best regards, Euan.

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May 01, 2021 May 01, 2021

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Thanks for the clearance I will do that.

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Thank you for the post 😀

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