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How to turn color photos into black and white

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How to turn color photos into black and white: As a good photography enthusiast you are, you love beautiful black and white shots taken by professional photographers. Well, how can you blame yourself … what do you say, then, to give new “life” to some of your shots using the black and white technique? Do you want? Very well, then I guess you’ve come to the right place at the right time!

In the next few lines, in fact, I will have the opportunity to explain to you how to turn color photos into black and white using various programs suitable for the purpose and even online services that can be used directly from the browser. Then, if you are interested in it, I will point out some apps that can apply the black and white effect to photos on smartphones and tablets.

So, what are you doing still standing there? Strength and courage: make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to concentrate on reading this guide and, more importantly, try to implement the “tips” that I will give you. There is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and good fun!

How to turn a color photo into black and white with Photoshop

In a guide on how to turn color photos into black and white one cannot fail to speak of Photoshop, the most used photo editing software in the world. Taking advantage of some of its very useful features, in fact, it is possible to complete the operation in question in a rather simple way.

To proceed, after starting Photoshop on your computer (in case you have not yet installed it on your computer, you will find explained how to do it in the guide I dedicated to the topic), you must import the photo on which you intend to act and then apply the black and white filter to her.

Then open the menu File (top left), click on the item You open… and select the photo of your interest. Then open the menu Image (top), select items Adjustments> Black and White from the latter and uses the adjustment rods that appear on the screen to adjust the final tint of the photo.

When you are satisfied with the result, click on the button OK And that’s it. The image will be converted to black and white according to the parameters you have chosen.

If you do not need to granularly adjust the various shades of the image, you can transform a photo into black and white with Photoshop by denaturing it: to do this, simply go to the menu Image> Adjustments> Desaturate And that’s it.

Black and white with Photoshop

As soon as you are ready to do it, save the result obtained by selecting the item Save with name from the menu File and indicating, in the window that opens, the format of files in which you intend to export it (ex. JPG, PNGetc.), the school bag in which to save it and the first name to be assigned. Then click the button Saveto start exporting.

How to turn a color photo into black and white with GIMP

Black and White with GIMP

You would like to know how to turn a color photo into black and white with GIMP, the famous free and open source alternative to Photoshop? I guarantee you that doing it is easier than you can imagine: just import the image to be edited into GIMP and use the black and white filter included in the program.

To proceed, start GIMP (if you haven’t downloaded it yet, do it now following the instructions I gave you in this other guide), click on the item You open… present in the menu File (top left) and select the image to edit.

At this point, go to the menu Colors> Hue-saturation … (top) and, in the box that appears in the center of the screen, move the cursor next to the wording to the left Saturationthen click on the button OK and, as if by magic, the color photo will be transformed into black and white.

Black and White with GIMP

When you are ready to do so, save the photo you edited by going to the menu File (top left), by selecting the item Export as … from the latter, by selecting the school bag and the format in which to save the file and, finally, by clicking on the button Export twice in a row.

How to turn a color photo into black and white with Paint

Black and White with Paint

You don’t have Photoshop or GIMP installed on your PC and would like to know if that’s possible turn a color photo into black and white with Paint? The answer is : the famous drawing program included in all versions of Windows allows, in fact, to export a photo in black and white, but this loses most of its information and the result, most of the time, is a black and white image. black that looks much more like a sketch than a real black and white photo.

If you nevertheless want to try to use it to make a color photo black and white, start it, click on the button File located in the upper left corner of the screen and select the item You open from the menu that opens, to choose the file to operate on.

At this point, click on the button again Fileselect the item Save with name from the menu that opens and click on the wording BMP image in the menu on the right. In the window that opens, then select the item Monochrome Bitmap (* .bmp; *. Dib) from the menu Save as and click on the button Saveto complete the operation.

Black and White with Paint

As you can see, the color image will be transformed into black and white: as I told you a few lines above, however, the final result will look much more like a stylized drawing than a real black and white photo.

How to turn a color photo into black and white online

Black and white image with Pixlr

As I told you in the introduction of the article, it is possible make black and white photos even using gods online services working directly from the browser. One of the best on the square is without a doubt Pixlr Xwhich is based on the library WebGL and that, taking advantage of the elements HTML5 canvascan be used without resorting to the use of additional plugins.

To use it, go to hers main pageclick the button Open Image located at the top left and select the image you want to modify. Then click on the button Adjust (the sun icon located on the left) and drag the cursor placed in correspondence with the wording Saturation. By doing so, the photo will be transformed into black and white.

Black and white image with Pixlr

As soon as you are ready to do it, download the edited photo to your PC by clicking on the button Save located in the lower right corner, by selecting the format in which you want to export it (JPG or PNG) and, finally, by clicking on the button Download.

App to turn color photos into black and white

Snapseed

You would like to know if it is possible turn color photos into black and white from smartphones and tablets? Obviously yes: just use applications suitable for the purpose, such as those listed below.

  • Snapseed (Android/iOS) – is one of the best photo editing apps on the square. It integrates multiple photo editing functions, including that relating to the application of black and white filters.
  • Pixlr (Android/iOS) – this is the mobile transposition of the service I told you about a few lines above, thanks to which it is possible to make color photos in black and white quite simply. It’s free, but to remove the ads you have to buy the paid version, which costs 3.49 euros.
  • VSCO (Android/iOS) – is another very famous photo editing app, which allows you to apply filters “on the fly”. Among the filters available, there is also someone that allows you to transform color photos into black and white. Although it is a free solution, I would like to tell you that it is possible to subscribe to a subscription of € 21.49 / year to access additional filters and functions.
  • Pixelmator (iOS) – is a powerful photo editing app for Apple devices that allows you to desaturate photos using some ad hoc functions. It is not free: it costs 5.99 euros. I would also like to point out the existence of his desktop version which offers even more advanced features, at a cost of 43.99 euros after a free trial.