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Making Your Photo Black and White in GIMP

Post#1 by tim » 22 Oct 2016, 17:02


This is for beginner's who'd like turn their color photos into black and white.

1. Open up an image/a color photo ("File" menu, then "Open", choose an image then click "Open")
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2. Chose "Colors" menu, then click "Desaturate"
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3. A "Desaturate" dialog window will pop up, choose "Lightness", then click "OK"
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4. Now your photo is Black and White.
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5. The following steps are optional but I think it makes your image looks nicer (has better contrast).
Choose "Colors" menu, then click "Levels"
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6. A "Levels" dialog window will pop up, click on "Auto" button (or if you're advanced or like to play with levels manually, you can select the eye dropper buttons to manually choose your black point and and white point and even your gray point, but for beginners, i think Auto works great). You can view the difference by clicking on/off the Preview check box. Then click "OK" when you're happy with change.
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7. This is the result when we used "Auto" button.
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8. You can now go to "File" menu, then "Export As..." (on Windows) to export your image to a .png (a .jpg,...etc). Or save the image as an .xcf (GIMP's native file format) to work on at a later time by going to "File" menu, then "Save As...".

Here's a show case of what we have done.
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Post#2 by Pat625 » 22 Oct 2016, 19:01


:) Started with color, followed your instructions. Did fine tune with Levels.
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Post#3 by tim » 22 Oct 2016, 20:01


nice!

I thought i'd play with your image,
Split-toned background color reveal foreground.
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Post#4 by Pat625 » 22 Oct 2016, 20:32


That is a nice manipulation on the color photo, Tin!
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Post#5 by RJKD » 23 Oct 2016, 03:08


Thank you Pat, good image. :gimp_clap:
T how did you "color reveal foreground?"
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Post#6 by tim » 23 Oct 2016, 09:08


RJKD,
I just split toned using split tone script then new from visible and pasted that split tone result over the original, added a mask(white) then painted over where i want to reveal color like steps described in Revealing color of objects
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