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The Color of Grayscale

Photoshop may be just about the most powerful application there is for handling color, but we don't live by color alone. Grayscale images have a magic all of their own, and a growing number of photographers—even those who print exclusively in grayscale—are finding that they can produce much better grayscale images from color captures than they can from black-and-white captures, whether they're shooting with film or digital cameras.

However, if you convert images by selecting Grayscale from the Mode menu, there's a good chance you're not getting the best-quality images you can. Most color images contain a great grayscale version, but you often have to wrestle to find it. Getting a good grayscale out of a CMYK image is particularly challenging, but even with RGB images the obvious method isn't always the best.


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