De-Coloring Your Photos
by Jeanette Giancaspro (Nov 8, 2010)
There’s something about a black-and-white photo on a layout that makes me stop and take a closer look. Maybe it’s a feeling of nostalgia, as in these layouts I created about my childhood.
Maybe it’s because they stand out so much when they are placed on a layout with lots of color, as in these layouts by Polly McMillan.
Or maybe it’s because a black-and-white photo is very striking when paired with a color photo, as in this layout by Nancy Stolz.
Whatever the reason, it’s quite easy to convert a color photo into black and white, so that you can achieve similar results on your layouts.
There are several ways to accomplish this, and I’m going to show you the ones I use most often. I use Photoshop Elements 5, but these steps can be adapted for use with other graphics programs.
One of the simplest ways to “de-color” your photo is as follows:
The second way is just as easy as the first:
This is the way I usually convert my photos, because it allows me to leave just a hint of color if I prefer:
The final way to convert your color photo to black and white is to simply remove the color. It doesn’t get much easier than this:
Black-and-white photos can add dramatic effects to your scrapbook layout. Converting your color photos is now only a few clicks away, so why not give it a try on your next layout? I think you’ll like the results.