Proper Black and White Conversions

Converting an image to black and white may sound simple, especially when you see the myriad of ways to convert to black and white, but those quick and easy ways may not necessarily be the best way. So what is the best way to convert an image to black and white?

In this Photoshop class Viktor explains that there’s more to converting an image to black and white than just desaturating or converting it to greyscale. Working on the wedding image from the previous two classes, he explains different ways to convert to black and white before demonstrating his method of choice — using the Black and White adjustment layer.

He shows you how, by controlling individual colors, you’re able to achieve exact control over how they’re represented as tones in black and white.

In this Photoshop class we cover the following:

  • How to convert photos to black and white
  • RGB channels
  • How to use Channel Mixer adjustment layer for black and white conversion
  • How to use Black and white adjustment layer for black and white conversion
  • How to control shadows and highlights in a black and white image
  • Adjustment layers for editing black and white images

If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below ?


  1. Never really liked black and white photos (although some say “You just can’t cook em”) so I was considering skipping this video.

    But I’m glad I didn’t skip it when I was going through the course.

    Today I had to make a part of an image black and white (skirt) and lessons in this video were tremendously helpful! You never know when and how you’ll need techniques and it is good to understand the theory about it.

    Thank you!

  2. You guys are worth your weight in gold. Thank you very much Viktor and Karl.

    Thank you Karl for putting such a brilliant, comprehensive course together.

    Much respect.

  3. Wow! I wish I knew this earlier before I sent out a wedding album. I will definitely be applying these tips to my current shots. Thank you Viktor and Karl!

  4. This guy is a Photoshop legend. I have learnt so much. Hopefully I can retain it and now put it to good use in my working day. Thanks both.

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