Photoshop Portrait Editing Masterclass Part 5 - Artistic Black-and-White Conversions in Photoshop

Chad Neuman, Ph.D., Professor, Graphic Designer, Digital Media Expert

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7 Videos (37m)
    • Introduction to Black-and-White Conversions in Photoshop

    • Color Modes and Channels Conversions

    • Channels and Masking Conversions

    • Black-and-White Adjustment Layer Method

    • Channel Mixer Adjustment Method

    • Gradient Map Adjustment Method

    • Camera RAW Filter Method


About This Class

Learn how to master black-and-white conversions in Adobe Photoshop by controlling for tonality instead of using default desaturation methods. Improve your black-and-white photo conversions with more vibrance and tonal contrast. Learn how to convert photos to black-and-white using various methods and considerations, including

  • Color Modes as Layers
  • Channels as Layers
  • Masking Layers for Selective Adjustment
  • Black-and-White Adjustment Layer
  • Channel Mixer Adjustment
  • Gradient Map Adjustment
  • Create amazing black-and-white or grayscale images in Photoshop after learning these techniques.
  • Camera RAW Filter


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Thanks, Chad Neuman






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Chad Neuman, Ph.D.

Professor, Graphic Designer, Digital Media Expert

I love seeing students succeed in their designs, writings, productions, and careers!

I'm currently a full-time university professor of graphic design and digital journalism. I've taught classes on design, photography, and writing for the past eight years. My university students have become full-time, award-winning photographers, web designers, creative specialists, reporters, and layout designers. 

And now, you can learn from me as well!

Get started by enrolling in my courses and learning new skills. I've worked as internet development director at an award-winning advertising design firm, as managing editor at two graphic design magazines, as webmaster at a regional newspaper, and have been a freelance graphic designer and writer for the past 20 years. I have a B.A. in Communication, an M.A. in Journalism and Media Studies, and a Ph.D. in Communication.

My combination of professional real world experience, formal education, and experience in teaching have all enabled me to produce quality courses that help students become better at digital media and communication.