How to Apply Black and White Photo Effect
What's a black and white photo (a.k.a BW or B&W)? Actually, they are not photos with black and white color, but also varying shades of gray. Previously, all photography was black and white, or monochrome. Even after color film was available, it's popular due to low cost and its acceptance in public. Nowadays, a black and white photo usually expresses something historic or old fashioned.
This article will mainly show you how to change a color photo to black and white, make a black and white slideshow in easy steps, as well as creating a black and white photo with color.
Black and White Photo Effect
When talking about editing photos, you can't ignore Photoshop - the industry leading photo editing software by Adobe. With Photoshop or Photoshop Element, there are many different ways to change a color photo to black and white.
The easiest way to get a black and white photo is:
Image > Mode > Grayscale
This is a destructive way to convert a photo to B&W. All the color information will be dropped in the final work. Differently, you can access non-destructive photo editing in Photoshop: adjust the option anytime you want. For example, you can convert a photo to BW through: Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation, and move the slide to adjust the effect anytime. Visit here for more ways to convert color to black and white photos.
Black and White Photo Slideshow
Slideshow is an ideal way to display your black and white photos to audiences. You could use Photoshop to convert color photo to black and white, then import them to your favorite slideshow software to set up a slideshow. Alternatively, some slideshow software easily creates old fashioned slideshows without the expensive Photoshop to edit photos. For example, DVD Slideshow Builder includes Old Film theme to transform your color photos to a black and white film in minutes. Just import your photo, select Old Film theme, and you are done. There is no need to process the photo separately. Get the software to have a free trial before purchase (starting from $49.95).
Making a Black and White Photo with Color
A black and white photo with color is artistic and good looking. Here you could also achieve a black and white photo with color by Photoshop, or directly take such kind of photos with applications for your phone.
1. Simply create a black and white photo with color using Photoshop
Follow this tutorial to convert a color photo to a black and white photo with color splash.
2. If you don't want to edit the photo after taken with device, just take a black and white photo with apps like PowerCam on your iPhone.