Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Photo Editing with Gimp - Converting to Black and White

Ever have those photos that you just know would look great in black and white, but you took them in color and don't know how to convert?

Simple.

Gimp.

Because it's a powerful tool, there are multiple ways to achieve the same result.  We'll start with the most straight-forward.

Open the picture you want to convert in Gimp.  I'm going to open the orchid photo I took in Nashville--this one:


From the main workspace, select the menu options Colors and Desaturate, like this:


In the Desaturate dialog, you have several options for the way the tool changes your photo to black and white, like this:


Play with each option a little to see the difference.  If you leave the Preview button checked, you'll be able to see, in real time, the effects of each.  They are generally subtle.  I like the Luminosity option for this particular photo, so I click the radio button to the left of Luminosity and click the OK button.

My photo now looks like this:

 Love it!

How did yours come out?  I'd love to see it!

Next time, desaturating in different ways.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, Any new activity planned?

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