The process of turning a color photo into a killer black and white has been revolutionized with the introduction of Photoshop Elements 5. Gone are the days of guessing how to get that nice looking classic effect. With Elements 5, there's a Convert to Black and White adjustment that does it all for you. Best of all, YOU get to choose whether you want Elements to do the work for you or, if you're daring, you can get a more customized look and feel with your own settings.
We're going to break this tutorial up into two videos. In the first video, we'll walk through how to quickly turn your color photo into a black and white, letting Elements do all of the work for you. It's quick and easy to do.
Now that you've seen how easy it is to convert your color photo to black and white, you may decide you want a little more control over how it looks. In part 2, we’ll take a look at how to customize the settings in the adjustment dialog to get more control and create a black and white photo that’s truly stunning.