This was inspired by a friend’s need to convert several color photographs to
black and white for printing in their non-profit organization’s plain-paper newsletter, and also by the excellent book Mastering Black and White Digital Photography by Michael Freeman.
Below I’ve included the download link for the fr’ee “Color-To-B&W Pick Six” action
that converts a color image to black and white using several Photoshop techniques.
It is quite useful for quickly applying the six basic methods for
creating a Black and White image for use in printing applications.
(80% of printed images are still Black and White images, but
cameras are mostly color, so this becomes a very handy little tool!)
Additionally, adjustment layers are created for every version produced so
you can tweak the best outputted versions even more to your liking or loving!
This is still being improved upon, so I want to make sure you are “in the loop” to know when I make improvements, both by my own discoveries and as a result of comments and suggestions by people using it. Please sign-up to download the action and to receive news and updates as they occur here (ignore my feeble attempts at bullets!):
Watch the video below to understand what it does, how to install it and how to use it.
(You might have to refresh the page again to get the video to show up.)
Best viewed in 720 HD quality at full screen!
This Photoshop Action works on all versions of Photoshop since CS.