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The Photoshop® Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers by Matt Kloskowski, Scott Kelby

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Black & White Conversions in Camera Raw

One of the easiest ways to make great black-and-white photos (from your color images) is to do your conversion completely within Camera Raw. You’re basically just a few sliders away from a stunning black-and-white photo, and then all you have left to do is finish off the image by opening it in Photoshop Elements and adding some sharpening. Here’s how it’s done:

Step One:

Start by opening a photo you want to convert to black and white. This is one of the rare times I start by clicking the Auto button (you know, the button beneath the Tint slider that looks like a Web link), because it usually pumps up the exposure about as high as it can go without too much clipping (if any). So, start there—click the Auto ...

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