Photo to Black&White

Photo to Black and White – Get The Classic And Vintage Photographs


How to get a classic and vintage black and white photograph? When you want to convert photo to Black and white, you can find the basic feature available in most of the photo filter programs. It takes only one click to turn photo to B&W photography with de-saturate feature.

But it should be a difficult task to get a vintage effect for the Black and white photo. Just imagine that you need to turn old photo into digital with black and white. The article just provides 2 excellent methods to convert color photo to gray scale.

Photo to Black&White


Part 1: How to Convert Photo to Black-And-White with Classic Style

Is there any method to apply classic camera style, such as Kodak Tri X 400, Ilford XP2? When you need to rediscover the magic of analog film filters, you can use WidsMob FilmPack instead. You can adjust the different parameters to get tens of hundreds of result.

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Choose the Black and White Film

Step 1: Download and install WidsMob FilmPack. After that you can launch the program on your computer. It should be an excellent program to apply classic and vintage camcorder styles for your photographs.

Filmpack Screenshot

Step 2: Apply the different Black and White camcorder styles to the photo. Just take the following image as example. When you choose the “Black and White Film”, it will automatically apply Kodak Tri X400 camcorder B&W style to the photo.

Kodak Tri X400 camcorder B&W Style

Just compare the original image together with the different Black-White images as below. Of course, when you adjust the Brightness, contrast and more others, you can get a satisfied result without problem.

Kodak Tri X400 Output

Kodak Tri X 400 Black And White Film

Ilford HPS 800 Black And White Film

Ilford HPS 800 Black And White Film

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 Black And White Film

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 Black And White Film

Kodak Ektachrome 200 Color Positive Film

Kodak Ektachrome 200 Color Positive Film Black and White Special

Kodak Ektachrome 200 Color Positive Film

Kodak Ektachrome 200 Color Positive Film Golden Special

Kodak Ektachrome 200 Color Positive Film Speia Terra

Kodak Ektachrome 200 Color Positive Film Speia Terra Special


Part 2: How to Convert Photo to B&W via Photoshop

Another professional method to convert photo to Black-White is Photoshop. It should be one of the most frequently used methods. There are 3 different methods to apply black and white filter of Photoshop.

Method 1: How to Convert Photo to Black and White Via Channel Mixer

In order to turn color photo to B&W or gray scale, Channel Mixer is the most frequently used method. When you apply the Channel Mixer, Photoshop will create a new non-destructive adjustment layer over your current image.

Step 1: Choose Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Channel Mixer.

Step 2: Adjust the parameters manually or choose the presets.

Step 3: Find the best result to convert photo to Black and White.

If you have any difficult to adjust the infrared filter and various color filters, you would better learn more detail about the camera filters associated with the filter. For example, when you convert photo to Black and White with Red filter, Photoshop will make red lighter and turn green, blue and other color darker. Just check out the best result with Channel Mixer.

Channel Mixer

Method 2: How to Convert Color Photos via Black and White Menu

If you still have any problem for using Channel Mixer to convert color photo to B&W, just choose the Black and White presets in Channel Mixer. Instead of creating a new layer over the current image, the filter automatically de-saturates the added image.

Step 1: Click the Black & White icon in the Adjustments panel.

Step 2: Choose Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Black & White.

Step 3: Adjust the parameters manually or choose a Black & White presets to turn the photo to Black and White.

Step 4: Apply a color tone and select Tint, or select fine-tune the tint color, click the color swatch to open the Color Picker.

B&W Adjustment

When you use the Black and White Menu, you should also learn the following parameters in order to turn color photo to Black and white with desired output. Here are some important tricks and tips when you use the presets.

a. Underexpose an individual color to turn the color value in the picture into pure white or black.

b. The color picker or tint color can add a tint to your photo without the hassle of making another adjustment layer.

c. When you use the Hand icon, the cursor will turn into a dropper tool. And then you can convert color photo to Black and White with slider that corresponds to that color/shade will blink.


Method 3: How to Convert Photo via Gradient Map and Overlays

It is an easy method to convert photo to black and white with Gradient Map and overlays. But compared to the de-saturate feature, the method is able to dump color value while preserving the contrast and richness of the image. Just learn more detail about how to convert photo to black and white with Gradient Map and overlays.

Step 1: Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map.

Step 2: Right click the Gradient Map layer to Duplicate the layer.

Step 3: Select the drop down menu next to Opacity at the top of the layer screen from Normal to Overlay.

And then you can get an intense black and white out from color photo. Just select the Opacity in order to make a desired black and white photo. The method can be used for turning any color photo into Black and white.

Gradient Map


Conclusion

It is easy to convert photo to white and black effect, but it should be rather difficult to get the desired result. The article explains the best method to get a classic and vintage B&W photo in 2 professional methods. Just read on the article to get the right answer now.

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Peter Wood
Peter Wood
Peter Wood, a senior editor, focus on photography design and editing software and devices.

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