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Part 4. Working with Tone > Task 9 How to Convert Images to Grayscale

Task 9 How to Convert Images to Grayscale

If you are going to print a color image in black and white, you should convert a copy of it to grayscale first. At first glance, converting an image to grayscale seems like an easy task: You select Image, Adjust, Desaturate to remove all the color (or better yet, let the printer force the image to gray). What could be easier? The problem with this approach is that the proper tonal range for all image areas might not be emphasized. In this task, you optimize the tones so there is detail everywhere, ensuring that the central subject is well represented.

1. Open the File in Photoshop

Select File, Open or click the Go to Bridge button on the Options bar to open Bridge and double-click the color image you want to open.


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