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Manually convert a color image to black and white

The Black & White adjustment lets you convert images to black and white with more control than simply desaturating all the colors.

Convert a color image to black and white using the Black & White adjustment

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Color Adjustments > Black & White (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click and choose Black & White from the Add menu.
  2. To increase one channel's contribution to the final black and white image, drag a slider to the right; to decrease it, drag to the left. You can also enter a percentage value from –100% to 100%.
  3. To increase the brightness of saturated colors from the original image in your new black and white image, drag the Tone slider to the right, or to the left to decrease them. Hold down the Option ⌥ key before dragging if you’d like to extend the range of the Tone slider beyond 100%. You can also enter a percentage value from –200% to 200%.
  4. To bring back some color to your image, drag the Intensity slider to the left.

    Tip: A good rule of thumb is to keep the total percentage of the red, green, and blue channels at or below 100 percent to prevent blowing out the highlights in your image.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any color adjustments.

To reset your changes, click the Black & White pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset.

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