How to turn Digital photos into B&W using photoshop

Black and white creates beautiful images. Black and white photos are often more beautiful and captivating than its colored counterpart. Sometimes color can act as a distraction and removing color can add more focus to an image.
However, with digital images, sometimes black and white images can look muddy. But here is one easy way to convert a color photo into B&W using Photoshop.

Open the image you want to convert to black and white in photoshop. Here is the image I will be using.

Black and White Tutorial 1

Step 2: 
Navigate to the Channels palette where you will see the four channels: RGB, Red, Green, and Blue. Click on the Red, Green, and Blue channels individually to see a B&W image.

Black and White Tutorial - Red

Black and white tutorial - green

Black and White Tutorial- Blue

Step 3:
Choose the B&W version you like best (Red, Green, or Blue). With that channel selected, go to Image>Mode>Grayscale. When prompted discard the color information and any layers.

Black and White Tutorial - step 3

Step 4:
Play with it! Now you can use the levels and curves to create the best contrast and brightness so that you have a nice black and white image.

Black and White Tutorial - Finished

If you have any questions about the process, write a comment. Share your results, I'd love to see what everyone comes up with.

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