Converting Color Images to Black and White in Photoshop 6.x

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Drew Faber, May 31, 2005.

  1. Drew Faber

    Drew Faber Guest

    Converting Color Images to Black and White in Photoshop 6.x

    Does someone have instructions on how to convert color images to black and
    white in Photoshop version 6?

    I read the instructions at

    but they don't make sense to me. probably because I don't have CS.

    I understand how to do it using Image / Mode / Grayscale. But, I would like
    the added flexibility of being able to adjust the colors live while
    converting to black and white.


    Drew Faber
    Drew Faber, May 31, 2005
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  2. Drew Faber

    edjh Guest

    It's pretty much the same deal in PS 6. The only difference is that PS 6
    didn't feature Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer (I don't think); but he
    only mentions it in passing. What don't you get?
    edjh, May 31, 2005
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  3. Drew Faber

    mono Guest

    He's okay to use Channel Mixer adjustment layers in PS6. Like you say
    the procedure is much the same in PS6 as outlined for CS. Only real
    difference I can see is that you can't do it in 16 bit in PS6.

    Drew, I can only suggest to you that you open an image and work through
    a stage at a time the steps outlined by Russel Brown. It should work
    okay in PS6. Failing that you can go to Image-Adjust-Channel Mixer or
    Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Channel Mixer and do your conversion there
    (click on the Monochrome box and adjust the sliders to get the effect
    you want with the values adding up to or near 100) rather than the
    somewhat more blunt greyscale or desaturation options.

    One thing, if you are working on an image with layers make sure your
    active layer is the layer you want to alter or you may find it
    confusing to follow.

    (the other one)
    mono, May 31, 2005
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    KatWoman Guest

    the instructions on that page are the PRIMO method, I tried it and it works,
    follow along step by step it isn't as complex as it seems.
    If you want the lazy quick method, make an adjustment layer for
    Hue/Saturation, move center slider to left to desaturate, then make another
    adjustment layer and choose levels or curves or brightness/contrast.
    If you don't have adjustment layers in 6.0 you can do it right on the image,
    no layers, use SAVE as>>>
    KatWoman, May 31, 2005
  5. Drew Faber

    Drew Faber Guest

    Using Photoshop 6.0, as I follow the instructions on page

    I have no problem creating the first adjustment layer of step 1.

    And I have no problems creating the second adjustment layer called for in
    step 2. I have tried step 2 two different ways, first by selecting the
    original background before creating the second adjustment layer and by
    leaving the new adjustment layer selected before creating the new adjustment
    layer. I can't tell the difference.

    I don't get it. Why create two different adjustment layers? How is the two
    adjustment layer method superior to using just one:

    Layer / New Adjustment Layer / Channel Mixer / Okay / check Monochrome /
    adjust the color sliders / Okay.


    Drew Faber
    Drew Faber, May 31, 2005
  6. Because the method described in the above link gives you more control
    than the method using Channel Mixer.
    Johan W. Elzenga, May 31, 2005
  7. Drew Faber

    edjh Guest

    Because they have different Blend Modes. Did you see that step?

    "Change blend mode of first Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

    "Target the first Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (Hue/Saturation 1) you
    created by clicking on the layer in the Layers palette. This will
    highlight the layer. Then change the blending mode for the layer to Color."
    edjh, Jun 1, 2005
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    Drew Faber, Jun 1, 2005
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