Photoshop Tutorial – Black & White

. . .as per your request 😉

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{click to enlarge {all sizes in flickr} if needed}

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In your layers box, drag Background image to “create a new layer” box. This protects your image if you mess up …you can just toss the mistake in the trash and still have your original.

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I like curves. I use it to make images POP. Use whatever you like to adjust colors.

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In your tool bar …select the Polygon Lasso tool.

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Create an outline around image you want to change …I like to start at the end, go around my image, then around entire image …there are a few ways to do this.

Image * Adjust * Black & White {I use default settings but play around if you like}

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Use the airbrush tool on color {make sure your color is set to black} and airbrush out any sections you missed {you may also do this instead of outlining with the polygon lasso but you have to be very precise}

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…see the difference in the reflections in the bottom of the glass?

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Image * Adjust * Selective Color = Used to make the green limes GREENER!



…BUT WAIT! I want to lighten the black and white section …

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Image * Adjust * Shadow/Highlight = adjust until desired affect achieved

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go to your layers box {top right 3 horizontal lines CLICK} scroll down to flatten image and SAVE AS .jpg.



{hope it’s not too confusing for beginners}

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Maegan

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    I can’t believe I’ve been using Photoshop since 1997 when I first started learning graphic design …wow! 🙂

  • polishedsense

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    That’s an awesome tutorial. Thanks for sharing it! Love the photo too! Your drink looks yummy!

  • Le Journal de Chrys

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    Beau travail d’explication!!!!

  • Sheri

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    Great tutorial! 🙂 I’ve been using it since 2000 I think. Always good to have reminders on things like this though.

  • Lily G.

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    I love this tutorial. Thanks!!!


    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    How I adorrre Photoshop. <3 Sometimes I daydream about photoshopping real life. HA.

  • Crissy

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    I use curves a lot. It’s all I need and I’m good! XD

  • ♥Aubrey

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    Meg you are the BEST girlie! Many thanks to you….{{HUGS}}
    You look pretty as always ♥

  • Suzanne

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    i don’t use photoshop actually, as i told you i’m a disaster with the computer, but i think i’m gonna download it (i can, right?), ’cause it looks like fun!

  • Perfectly Flawed

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    Oh my gosh I don’t even know if I *have* photoshop…deffo something for me to play with while I’m away on business. Thank you!!mwahx

  • blondie-lox

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    i’m in design & use photoshop all the time. i think you put together a very easy to understand tutorial. sweet of you! there you go with that “cool sister” vibe again!

  • FrancoB.

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    yay for photoshop!!!!!

  • drollgirl

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    wah. i am hopeless at this shit. but YOU! you are a pro through and through!

  • abster

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    i love your hair

  • Robin

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    Ah, I love it.
    How are you so good at everything?


  • TheBeautyFile

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    this was amazing and i swear i did a double take because i thought you were kate moss….

  • Iva

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    are you kidding me?! you are THE one and only of everything and anything. THE ONE AND ONLY! {again for clarification} By now I am pretty sure we could ask you a how to of anything and anything and you’d be able to do it within like ooooh 3 seconds flat. I love how you are so aware of detail. Always done 100%, like the reflection in the glass. Beautiful. I hope you had a nice weekend! byebye! you are so classy.

  • Gabby

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    What a great tutorial! And such a great picture!

  • Amanda K

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

  • Girl With The Golden Touch

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    That’s fantastic, thanks for sharing!


  • Amy

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    oooh, thanks!
    i’m photoshoptarded 😀

  • Tiffany

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    i think you look like Kate Moss in that picture. Does anyone else see the resemblance? 🙂

    I admire how you are so on top of things. I get requests and I can’t even manage to do them until a month later. I know your readers appreciate it!

  • The Socialite

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    Love your tutorials! Keep em coming! 😉

  • janettaylor

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    Nice Honey!


  • TheGlamorousEccentric

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    This is great! Thanks for sharing.

  • Hanako66

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    I finally opened up photoshop for the first time last week…I so needed this. I just bookmarked it…thank you!!!!

  • Jill Pilgrim

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    That is awesome- I just got Elements 7 and have literally no idea how to use, so much thanks!

    Also, you’re so pretty.

  • Erin

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I got photoshop not to long ago and Im trying to learn as much as I can!!!Thanks!

  • Brandi

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    That is awesome helpful! Thanks. 🙂

  • Random Musings Of My Life

    July 13, 2009 | Reply

    I heart you.. You rock my socks off!

  • Aartee

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks for the tips 🙂

  • tanya

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    yayyy!! I’m totally bookmarking this, thanks!

  • Kez

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    Aw man, I wish I had photoshop!

  • Girl Japan: April Marie Claire

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    You are a photoshop girl too… my gosh what don’t you do..

    Did you get your package?

  • Kasey

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    i’ll just watch you with your photoshop…
    and i’ll stick with nothing…

  • Style and beyond

    July 14, 2009 | Reply



  • May

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    You’re so cool! You inspire me to blog again 🙂 Thanks for sharing great tips.

  • diane

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    (raising my hand) Hello, I’m a beginner and I’m totally confused. Could you please repeat that?

  • Amanda Robyn

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    i want photoshop. while i’m making requests, i’d also like a mac 🙂

  • Fashion and more

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    Old? ha, i used photoshop in ’94.

  • Big Red

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    This is awesome. The BF just put photoshop on my computer and I have been to intimidated to use it. Also haven’t had the time to… Can’t wait to try this out.

    Have a great day!

  • Karishma Sundaram

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    Fabulous! You are unbelievably creative. And pretty. So unfair.


  • Leigh

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    Oh yes, what would I do without my photoshop!! I LOVE my selective color tool. 🙂

    Great tutorial!

  • Fashionista*

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    thank you!!

    love this. will try it out right away

  • K @ Blog Goggles

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    Man, I miss Photoshop. But it left me along with my old computer.

    I remember doing stuff like this… thank for the refresher.

    But what I really wanted to say is that you look super hot in this pic.

  • inthetweeds

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    I’m sort of a newbie to Photoshop and have always wondered how to do this! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Fabulous Finds Gal

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    Love your easy tutorial. Bring them on!!

  • {this is glamorous}

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    don’t you just adore photoshop? can hardly imagine life without it — fun post!

  • Kelly

    July 14, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks for this! Love it and going to use it…

  • ZombieLace

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    That is great! You work so hard to make your blog so perfectly manicured, your fabulous pics are just part of it. If only you could make this for a Mac! :~p

  • Sher

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    thank you thank you thank you for this tutorial. Know I just have to leave work and go home and try it ;D

  • Sher

    July 15, 2009 | Reply

    thank you thank you thank you for this tutorial. Know I just have to leave work and go home and try it ;D

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