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Chapter 10. Tricks and Techniques > Better Black-and-White Photos

Better Black-and-White Photos

There are several ways to create a black-and-white digital photo. Your digital camera might have a black-and-white setting. Your scanner probably has an option for producing a greyscale scan. Or you can change a color image to greyscale with Paint Shop Pro’s Image > Greyscale. You can get better, more sophisticated black-and-white versions of color images, though, using other methods in Paint Shop Pro. In this section, we’ll look at a couple methods of creating and tinting black-and-white photos.

Black-and-White from Channel Mixer

Remember that you can split any color image into its basic color channels and that each color channel is a greyscale bitmap. When you convert a color image to greyscale, Paint Shop Pro blends together the brightness data from the separate color channels. Depending on the particular image, the formula Paint Shop Pro uses can give good, passable, or unsatisfactory results.


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