Black and White Guided Edit

Use the Black and White Guided Edit on your photographs to create black and white images from colored images. You can apply from a range of black and white presets to create a crisp, black and white photo, or add a diffuse glow effect to the photos to obtain a surreal, dreamy result. 

  1. With a photograph open, in the Guided mode, select Black and White.

    Original image
    Original image

  2. Select a preset that you would like to work with, on the selected photograph.

    Note:

    If you do not like the effect of a preset, choose another preset. In this step, Photoshop Elements does not apply one preset on top of another. Each time you select a preset, the selected photo is reset to its original state and the preset is applied afresh.

    Apply a preset to the photo
    Apply a preset to the photo

  3. (Optional) If you have a central subject or would like to highlight an aspect of your photo, you can apply a diffused glow. Click the Diffuse Glow button to apply a minimal amount of glow to the photo. To change the diffused glow effect to specific portions of the photo:

    1. Click Add (to apply diffused glow) or Remove (to remove the effect).
    2. Choose the size of the brush that will be used to apply the action.
    3. Choose how hard or soft the glow must be by sliding the Opacity control.
    4. Paint across portions of the photograph.
    Apply the optional diffuse glow
    Apply the optional diffuse glow

  4. (Optional) To increase the contrast between the highlighted areas and other portions of the photo, click the Increase Contrast button.

    Note:

    Click the Increase Contrast button multiple times, to increase the contrast.

    Increase the contrast to make the effect more dramatic
    Increase the contrast to make the effect more dramatic

  5. Click Next to go to the Share panel.

    Or click Cancel to discard all the current changes.

  6. In the Share panel choose from the following options:

    • Save Save As: Preserve the newly-created panorama in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the panorama - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter / SmugMug Gallery: Choose to place your panorama online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

    Finally, click Done to apply the effect.

B&W Color Pop Guided Edit

Use the B&W Color Pop Guided Edit to highlight one single color in an image and de-saturate the other colors. You can choose to go with a default color (Red, Yellow, Blue, or Green), or use the options available to refine the effect.

  1. With a photograph open, in Guided mode, select B&W Color Pop.

    Original picture
    Original picture

  2. Choose a color that you would like to retain on the picture. If you notice multiple tones of the color on this image, click Select Custom Color and then use the color picker to click on a sample in the photo.

    Isolating a shade of blue on the pair of jeans
    Isolating a shade of blue on the pair of jeans

    When you complete this step, areas of the photo that are the same color you selected appear saturated. The rest of the photo starts to resemble a black and white photo.

  3. To include less or more tones of the selected color, move the Fuzziness slider to the left or right.

    Use the Fuzziness slider
    Use the Fuzziness slider to select more tones and shades of blue in the picture

  4. (Optional) Click Refine Effect, and then add or negate to the B&W Color Pop effect on portions of the photo. The Size slider enables you switch the size of the brush, and the Opacity slider determines the strength of the effect applied.

    Click Refine Effect
    Use the Refine Effect button for options to view portions of the image in their original color. In this case, the wheels have been restored using the Add button, and setting Opacity to 100%.

  5. Click Increase Saturation to make the color you have chosen pop. This makes the objects of that color stand out from the relatively flat black and white photo.

    Click Increase Saturation
    Click Increase Saturation to make the selected color pop

  6. Click Next to go to the Share panel.

    Or click Cancel to discard all the current changes.

  7. In the Share panel choose from the following options:

    • Save Save As: Preserve the edited image in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the edited image - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter / SmugMug Gallery: Choose to place your edited image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

    Finally, click Done to go to the selection screen.

B&W Selection Guided Edit

Use the Selective Black and White Guided Edit to desaturate the colors of portions of a photograph that you select. When you desaturate portions of a photograph, the other areas of the photograph automatically appear highlighted. After you make selections, you can fine tune your selection.

  1. With a photograph open, in Guided mode, select B&W Selection.

    Original image
    Original image

  2. Click the B&W Selection Brush. From the available options, choose to either Add or Subtract areas that you would like to conver to black and white. Use the Brush Size slider to determine how much area is affected in strokes across the photograph.

    Note:

    If you are applying this effect around an object that has multiple, fine edges (for example, hair), click the Refine Edge to further fine tune your selection.

    Select the portion
    Select the portion that you want to convert to black and white

  3. To add or erase the black and white effect to more portions of the photograph selectively, click B&W Detail Brush, select an action and brush size, and then paint on the effect.

     

    Fine tune the selection
    Fine tune the selection to ensure required portions are not being converted to black and white

  4. To cause an exact opposite of the effect produced so far, click Invert Effect.

    Effect inverted
    Check out the same photo with the effect inverted

  5. Click Next to go to the Share panel.

    Or click Cancel to discard all the current changes.

  6. In the Share panel choose from the following options:

    • Save Save As: Preserve the newly-created panorama in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the panorama - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter / SmugMug Gallery: Choose to place your panorama online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

    Finally, click Done to apply the effect.

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