How to turn color photos into black and white

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How to turn a color photo into black and white with Photoshop

In a guide on how to turn color photos into black and white one cannot fail to speak of Photoshop, the most used photo editing software in the world. Taking advantage of some of its very useful features, in fact, it is possible to complete the operation in question in a rather simple way.

To proceed, after starting Photoshop on your computer (in case you have not yet installed it on your computer, you will find explained how to do it in the guide I dedicated to the topic), you must import the photo on which you intend to act and then apply the black and white filter to her.



Then open the menu Fillet (top left), click on the item Apri ... and select the photo of your interest. Then open the menu Image (top), select items Adjustments> Black and White from the latter and uses the adjustment bars that appear on the screen to adjust the final tint of the photo.

When you are satisfied with the result, click on the button OK And that's it. The image will be converted to black and white according to the parameters you have chosen.

If you do not need to granularly adjust the various shades of the image, you can transform a photo into black and white with Photoshop by denaturing it: to do this, simply go to the menu Image> Adjustments> Desaturate And that's it.

As soon as you are ready to do it, save the result obtained by selecting the item Save with name from the menu Fillet and indicating, in the window that opens, the format of files in which you intend to export it (eg. JPG, PNG, etc.), the folder in which to save it and the name to be assigned. Then click the button Save, to start exporting.



How to turn a color photo into black and white with GIMP

You would like to know how to turn a color photo into black and white with GIMP, the famous free and open source alternative to Photoshop? I guarantee you that doing it is easier than you can imagine: just import the image to be edited into GIMP and use the black and white filter included in the program.

To proceed, start GIMP (if you haven't downloaded it yet, do it now following the instructions I gave you in this other guide), click on the item Apri ... present in the menu Fillet (top left) and select the image to edit.

At this point, go to the menu Colors> Hue-saturation ... (at the top) and, in the box that appears in the center of the screen, move the cursor next to the wording to the left Saturation, dopodiché clicca sul pulsating OK and, as if by magic, the color photo will be transformed into black and white.

When you are ready to do so, save the photo you edited by going to the menu Fillet (top left), by selecting the item Esporta eats… from the latter, by selecting the folder and format in which to save the file and, finally, by clicking on the button Export per due turn consecutive.

How to turn a color photo into black and white with Paint


You don't have Photoshop or GIMP installed on your PC and would like to know if that's possible turn a color photo into black and white with Paint? The answer is nì: the famous drawing program included in all versions of Windows allows, in fact, to export a photo in black and white, but this loses most of its information and the result, more often than not, is a ' black and white image that looks much more like a sketch than a real black and white photo.


If despite this you want to try to use it to make a color photo black and white, start it, click on the button Fillet located in the upper left corner of the screen and select the item apri from the menu that opens, to choose the file to operate on.

At this point, click on the button again Fillet, select the voice Save with name click on the menu if you press and click on it BMP image in the menu on the right. In the window that opens, then select the item Monochrome bitmap (* .bmp; *. Dib) from the menu Save eat and click on the button Save, per portare a terminate l'operazione.

As you can see, the color image will be transformed into black and white: as I told you a few lines above, however, the final result will look much more like a stylized drawing than a real black and white photo.


How to turn a color photo into black and white online

As I told you in the introduction of the article, it is possible make black and white photos even using gods online services working directly from the browser. One of the best on the square is without a doubt Pixlr X, which is based on the library WebGL and that, taking advantage of the elements HTML5 canvas, can be used without resorting to the use of additional plugins.

To use it, go to its main page, click on the button Open Image located at the top left and select the image you want to modify. Then click on the button Adjust (the sun icon located on the left) and drag the cursor placed in correspondence with the wording Saturation. By doing so, the photo will be transformed into black and white.


As soon as you are ready to do it, download the edited photo to your PC by clicking on the button Save located in the lower right corner, by selecting the format in which you want to export it (JPG o PNG) and, finally, by clicking on the button Download.

App to turn color photos into black and white

You would like to know if it is possible turn color photos into black and white from smartphones and tablets? Obviously yes: just use applications suitable for the purpose, such as those listed below.

  • Snapseed (Android / iOS) - is one of the best photo editing apps on the square. It integrates multiple photo editing functions, including that relating to the application of black and white filters.
  • Pixlr (Android / iOS) - this is the mobile transposition of the service I told you about a few lines above, thanks to which it is possible to make color photos in black and white in a rather simple way. It's free, but to remove the ads you have to buy the paid version, which costs 3,49 euros.
  • VSCO (Android / iOS) - is another very popular photo editing app, which allows you to apply filters "on the fly". Among the available filters, there is also some that allows you to turn color photos into black and white. Although it is a free solution, I would like to tell you that it is possible to subscribe to a subscription of 21,49 euros / year to access additional filters and functions.
  • Pixelmator (iOS) - is a powerful photo editing app for Apple devices that allows you to desaturate photos using some ad hoc functions. It is not free: it costs 5,99 euros. I also point out the existence of its desktop version that offers even more advanced functions, at a cost of 43,99 euros after a free trial.
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