by Ophelia Afflick

Everyone loves a good black and white photo. Although lacking in color, this type of photo can speak volumes, as it gives off a raw, real, and timeless quality. A black and white image can strip away distractions and bring into focus minimal objects that might otherwise be overlooked in the day-to day. It can also change the mood of any given image, simply by how vibrant or contrasted the image is. Converting an image to black and white is fairly simple and takes minimal amount of time. Today we are going show you how to do this quickly and easily in Photoshop CS6 using the Adjustments Layer Box.

Here’s how it works: when you open up Photoshop, you’ll notice a box on the left hand side facing the screen. One of the tabs in this box is called “Adjustments”: this is the Adjustments Layer Box where you can easily convert any colored image to black and white, and then use different tools to manipulate it to your liking.

Now, follow these steps and let’s get to mixing up a beautiful black and white photograph:

  • Open up Photoshop CS6 on your desktop
  • Upload image
  • On the left hand side, select the layer of your image
  • Above the layer, select “Adjustmets” in the Adjustments Layer Box
  • Hover over the icons, and select the one that says “Black & White”
  • Once you’re image is converted, simply hover over the other icons to adjust it
  • Try selecting “Levels,” “Hue/Saturation,” “Exposure,” “Vibrance,” or “Brightness/Contrast” to create the tone and mood of your image.
  • Now all you have to do is play around with the the different tools a bit until you get exactly what you want