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Photoshop Quickies #9: 6 Simple Ways to Convert Image to Monochrome

Converting image to monochrome is not a big deal at all and it is not something I expect beginners to sweat upon. At olabodeskills, we want to peel tutorials down to a level where you can even do it with a left hand. We are going to be looking at 5 different ways of converting images to monochrome.

1. Grayscale

Open your coloured image, go to Image/Mode/Grayscale, a dialog box will pop up asking you if you want to discard the color information, click OK, and your image will be turn to monochrome.

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2. Desaturation

Click on Image/Adjustment/Desaturation, and all you will be left with is a fine-looking monochrome image. Try it and enjoy the feel.


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3. Black and White

Go through Image/Adjustment/Black and White, a dialog box will appear as shown below, just click OK and your monochrome image is ready.

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4. Channel Mixer

This is another command that can be used to convert an image to monochrome. Go through Image/Adjustment/Channel Mixer and click on Monochrome at the base of the dialog box as shown below:

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5. Hue/Saturation

This to me is one of the safest command you can use to convert your image to monochrome, no sweat at all. Just Go through Image/Adjustment/Hue/Saturation and adjust the saturation bar to -100. You will get a very clear monochrome.

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6. Gradient Map

This is also an interesting command. Go through the normal channel Image/Adjustment/Gradient Map, then click the gradient editor and select black/white.

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You can practice this using a coloured image on your computer system and you will find it interesting. For observation, kindly drop your comment on the comment box.


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