With today’s digital camera technology, crisp colors and high definition seem to be all the rage amongst photographers across the board. However, sometimes depending on the theme or mood, a good classic black and white color scheme can speak volumes where color cannot.
There’s something awesomely classy about a nice, crisp black and white photograph. Perhaps its something engraved in our consciousness about relating black and white photos to antiquity and class, or maybe the lack of vibrant colors causes less of a sensation in our brand and allows us to focus on the subject more, but whatever it is, sometimes less is more when it comes to black and white.
If you have a color photograph that you think would look better in black and white, switching things up requires only a basic understanding of Photoshop. While as a leading yearbook company here in NJ, we’d be more than happy to convert your picture for you, there are a number of different ways to use Adobe’s photo editing software to achieve this effect, but we’ll go over two of the most basic. One of these techniques is destructive, i.e. the changes you make to the photo cannot be undone, while the other that is non-destructive, meaning you can make adjustments before you save the photo.
Method 1: Convert to Grayscale
By far the most simple and by consequence the least customizable methods, changing your photograph to grayscale is basically the quick-fix method of turning your color photos into black and white. Simply click on the Image tab, go under Mode, and click Grayscale, and you’re done. Keep in mind however that once you select this option, you’ll have to undo everything and start fresh if you’re not happy with the changes.
Method 2: Using the Hue/Saturation Tool
Our second method, which is almost as simple as the grayscale method but is also easily reversible, is utilizing the Hue/Saturation Tool. To use the tool, select the Layer option, click on New Adjustment Layer, and open the Hue/Saturation tool. Once open, move the saturation slider all the way to the left so the marker reads -100, and click ‘OK’. While this method doesn’t let you adjust the specific elements of the black and white conversion, it is a quick fix and will most likely serve your conversion needs.
As a leading New Jersey yearbook company, we here at Entourage Yearbooks are constantly looking for ways to help our customers create the yearbook that they’ve always wanted. Whether you’re interested in mastering Photoshop in an effort to edit and customize your photos before accessing our online software or you simply need assistance utilizing the platform we provide, we’re here to help you every step of the way. To learn more about our services and what we have to offer, please feel free to give us a call at 1-888-926-6571.