There are so many ways to convert your color photo to black and white. But today, I’m going to show you a few of my favorite and easiest (in my opinion) ways to do a quick black and white conversion in Adobe Photoshop.
A quick way to desaturate the color in your photo is with the Desaturate command. You’ll find this by going up to the Image menu at the top of the screen, choosing Adjustments, and then choosing Desaturate:
(Go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate)
The reason why this is the absolute fastest process for me in my editing is because of the keyboard shortcuts that are assigned to this function. Shift+Ctrl+U (Windows) / Shift+Command+U (Mac).
2. Grayscale Mode
Now this isn’t my favorite black and white look since the blacks and white take on too much of a gray tone. But it’s one of the fastest conversions. You may have to toggle the contrast later to your taste. To convert the image to Grayscale, simply change to Grayscale in color modes:
3. Black & White Adjustment Layer
4. Gradient Map
5. Hue/Saturation Layer
Click on New Adjustment Layer and choose Hue/Saturation from the list of options.