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Back in Black: from color to grayscale

Back in Black: from color to grayscale

Photographer | David Cuerdon


If you’ve ever converted a color photo to a grayscale (black-and-white) photo by going under the Image menu, under Mode, and choosing Grayscale, you were probably pretty disappointed with the results. It probably looked less like Ansel Adams, and more like Anson Williams (the guy who played Potsie on Happy Days, which I’m told is a TV show that aired long before I was born, seeing as though I’m just 17 years old, which doesn’t really explain how I came up with the chapter title “Back in Black” from AC/DC, which is another band that I guess my parents used to listen to. Freaks). Anyway, Photoshop has a number of different ways to convert from color to black-and-white that can give you dramatically better results than Photoshop’s default conversion, which...well...emits a pungent odor not unlike a dachshund that dined on a leftover chalupa. Which method is right for you? Try them and find out which one suits your style.


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