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Black and White photos are timeless! They never get old and always look fabulous in a frame or on a scrapbook layout.
Turning a photo black and white can seem like an easy process when you have access to photo editing software! However, there are extra steps you can take to get the best possible black and white photo. It can keep your photo from looking too washed out or having too much contrast. I will walk through these steps with a recent family photo for a layout I’m making and you can watch the video below to see my walk through it on a wedding photo.
Here is the photo I’m starting with. I have it opened and duplicated in my photoshop program:
To start with, I’m going to go to Image>>Adjustment>>Black and White. If I leave it at this and click okay, here is what my photo will look like:
However, if I leave the menu up before clicking okay, I can play with the sliders and get just a little better contrast. Also with this one, I clicked the tint box, at the bottom of the menu to give a little richer grey to the photo:
One last thing I did, to really increase the pop, was to duplicate the layer and add a soft light to that layer and then changed the opacity to about 40%. Here is what it looks like now:
I know it may seem that the changes are subtle and that is a good thing! You don’t want things to be drastic! And now I can put the newly edited photo into one of the Quick Pages we made for November! And you can pick up the whole set below!
Here is the pack of quickpages that I used to scrap this layout! They make the process so quick and easy and work great when you are in a pinch:
And here is a video, walking through the exact steps:
If you are looking for more tips for digital scrapbooking, you can check out my tutorials on my YouTube channel.
Not enough hours in the day to get all your photos scrapped? Need a quick and easy solution? Check out my 1-2-3 process for scrapping the 10 minute layout! You’ll be caught up in no time!