I have done several Black and White Tutorials.  Several years ago I wrote a Black and White tutorial, I then recreated that in a video, and then there are the 3 hours and 40 minutes of Black and White and tone control in Black, White & Beyond: The Digital Zone System.  After all of that you would think I covered every way to make an effective black and white image.  I am happy to report that there is yet another way.  Without using the Digital Zone System (reigns superior) to create a Black and White photo, this may be the best way over all the others.


This method is pretty simple in nature, but so powerful in practice:

  1. Make Gradient map set to black and white
  2. Place Hue/Sat layer underneath
  3. Adjust HSL of colors to make effective Black and White Image
  4. You can also add another gradient for the Sepia Tone Effect.  Take a look at the Tonal Grading System for access to all of my gradients (it’s Free)!

Watch the video Tutorial:

Blake Rudis
Creator of f.64 Academy
Most people think I am passionate about Photography, but in reality I am not.


Wait, before you freak out, you are on a photo site, I am addicted to post processing. To be more specific, I am addicted to workflow efficiency and cracking the codes to complex systems. That's what I do here, crack the code to photo post processing and present it in a concise way, for you :)
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