Color to Black and White Artistry, with Katrin Eismann

Investigate the many ways to convert and transform color images into beautiful black and white images.

Investigate the many ways to convert and transform color images into beautiful black and white images.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Course Introduction (Duration 01:23)

Katrin outlines the course and goes over what she will be covering

Lesson 2: Introduction to Color Modes (Duration 09:55)

Learn about inspecting the color channels, and judging image quality before converting to black and white

Lesson 3: Using the Lab Color Mode (Duration 06:52)

Create a grayscale image to reduce noise and maintain image tonality and working with curves and color samplers

Lesson 4: Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer (Duration 11:04)

Convert a color portrait into black and white, create and save with channel mixer presets and use multiple channel mixer adjustment layers with layer masks

Lesson 5: Working with the Gradient Map (Duration 06:04)

Create custom black and white conversions and to add spilt toning effects

Lesson 6: Black and White Adjustment Layers (Duration 11:16)

Understanding the preset filters, how to adjust the conversion, and use the tint feature

Lesson 7: Black and White Presets (Duration 04:10)

Creating, saving, and applying black and white adjustment layer presets

Lesson 8: Printing and Toning Methods (Duration 04:09)

Mimicking traditional darkroom printing and toning methods with the black and white adjustment layer tint feature

Lesson 9: Reality, Filter, Film (Duration 06:43)

Recreate black and white film and filters and transferring multiple adjustment layers to other images

Lesson 10: Using Image Channels (Duration 10:47)

Convert color images to back and white and work with blend modes, layer masks, and subtle sharpening techniques

Lesson 11: Image Channels, Smart Filters, and Blend Modes (Duration 04:15)

Experimenting with image channels to convert color to black and white and using smart filters to add creative infrared effects

Lesson 12: Experimenting with Image Channels and Color Images (Duration 08:15)

Use information from different channels and combine them with filters to create new effects

Lesson 13: Experimenting with Combining Image Channels as Layers (Duration 12:23)

Using image channels to exaggerate image texture to create gritty, moody images with Smart Filters and blend modes

Lesson 14: Converting to Grayscale with Adobe Camera Raw (Duration 06:48)

Introduction to converting to grayscale with Adobe Camera Raw by adjusting the grayscale mix sliders

Lesson 15: Image Saturation and Color Luminance (Duration 09:27)

The advanced technique of working with image saturation and color luminance to create much better color to black and white conversions

Lesson 16: Processing Multiple Times (Duration 11:43)

Processing the same image multiple times with Adobe Camera Raw and smart objects to combine black and white and color images

Lesson 17: Creative Toning and Tinting Effects (Duration 13:22)

Applying creative toning and tinting effects to black and white images to enhance the mood and effectiveness of images

Lesson 18: Conclusion (Duration 00:53)

Thanks for joining me for this course

Meet Your Instructor: Katrin Eismann

Katrin is 1/3 artist, 1/3 author, and 1/3 educator. She received her BFA degree in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her MFA degree in Design from…


  1. This is an excellent course, I have viewed it a number of times and there is always something new to learn. I have also taken notes which I refer to regularly. A content packed course presented by a skilled and gifted trainer. Great stuff. Thank you.

  2. This course is dated (CS3) but I found it excellent++. -- A wonderful learning experience. I'd suggest viewing this one first, then Vincent Versace's on B&W conversions.

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