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Converting Color Photos to B&W

By January 15, 2013

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In response to a forum inquiry about the use of grayscale vs. desaturation, Trinity responded in part that "Grayscale mode and desaturation are essentially two different things which create a similar result." Grayscale mode and desaturation are probably the simplest (but not only) ways to "get the red out" (as well as the blues and greens) when converting a color image to black and white. Each has its place in image editing.

These articles and illustrated tutorials present general instructions on working with black and white photos. Use these as a starting point when you want or need to work with black and white or shades of gray.

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