How to Create a Dramatic Black and White Image in Photoshop

Converting a photo to black and white is about more than simply pulling all the color out of it; it is a chance to make an entirely new image. This fantastic video tutorial will show you how to convert a photo to black and white in Photoshop and turn it into a dramatic, eye-catching piece. 

Coming to you from Joel Grimes Photography, this great video tutorial will show you how to make a dramatic black and white image using Photoshop. People often think of converting to black and white as simply pulling all the saturation out of the photograph and maybe using the black and white mixer sliders a bit, but such an image is about a lot more than how you map the individual colors to corresponding luminosity values. As you will see in the tutorial, since a black and white image is about pure luminosity, a successful edit is one that carefully considers and takes time to shape the light in the image. Even if you are not a fan of black and white images, taking the time to edit one is fantastic practice in learning to read and shape the light in a scene. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Grimes. 

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sharath m's picture

so I'm watching how to create a professional quality black and white photo by combining a 3 stop HDR image in PS HDR pro.. to get the best possible quality that is downgraded to a TIFF and further downgraded (??) for youtube video compression... ;)
irrespective, great video and one that I could follow - thanks for sharing!

Andrzej Muzaj's picture

Hm.. do I understand correctly that it's impossible to recreate that 32-bit workflow from Lightroom? Is it only available from Bridge?

Eric Robinson's picture

Really interesting video. I too often wonder just how many photographers are working in 8 bit due to not changing the default setting. It nullifies a RAW work flow. Though I wonder why Adobe does not make the default 16 bit?