Then, without doing anything after that, go up to the Edit menu and select the Fade option. When you select "Fade Desaturate", the Fade dialog box appears. The Fade dialog box gives us two options - changing the opacity of the adjustment we just applied to the image and changing the blend mode of the adjustment. Click the down-pointing arrow beside the word Normal to bring up a list of blend modes.
These are the exact same blend modes we'd normally find in the Layers palette, but here, rather than affecting layers, they're affecting how the last adjustment we applied is going to interact with the image. Select Color way down near the very bottom of the drop down list. This will cause our desaturation adjustment to affect only the colors in the image, not the brightness values, giving us a higher quality black and white conversion with more detail remaining in the image than if we had simply desaturated the image and left it at that.
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Using these quick and easy steps, getting a fast black and white conversion of a color photo doesn't have to mean poor quality. If you use the keyboard shortcuts, it's simply a matter of pressing:. Then simply change the blend mode from Normal to Color , click OK, and you're done!
This "bonus step" as I call it is completely optional but it only takes an extra second or two and is a nice effect. With my Fade dialog box still open before clicking OK to close it after changing the blend mode to Color I'm going to bring back just a hint of color to my photo by reducing the opacity value of the desaturation adjustment using the Opacity option in the Fade dialog box.
Again, this is the same as if I was lowering the opacity value of a layer in the Layers palette, but here, I'm lowering the opacity of the Desaturate adjustment which will allow a little bit of the photo's original color to show through. And here's the result:.
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And there we have it! This keyboard shortcut will remain active until you disable it with a defaults string again, which can be done by entering the following defaults command into the terminal:.
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