I decided to do a tutorial for that brown-toned black and white conversion I did on the pictures of Payson eating in this post.
This is what I’m going to show you how to do:
Take a color image:
Convert it to a brown-toned black and white image:
You don’t need the full version of photoshop to do this. I use elements for everything I do.
Open the picture you want to convert.
Go to Filter > Adjustments > Gradient Map
Closer view of where gradient map is in elements.
Once the gradient map box is open you’ll choose the black and white gradient- the one that has black in the top left corner and white in the bottom right corner.
Don’t click ok yet.
This is where you add the brown tone in.
There is a long narrow box of gradiation from black to white. You want to double click on a point near the black end.
Closer view of where to double click:
When you double click the select color box will pop up (label 2)
You want to be in the orange color family.
Once you’re in the oranges you want to choose a nice deep brown color.
Once you have selected the right color of brown, click ok on all the boxes.
Your image will be a nice, brown-toned black and white image!
Step 7. (optional)
Add some contrast to your image. I always add contrast to my black and white images.
To add contrast you can go to
Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Brightness/Contrast.
Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Levels
Step 8. (optional)
I also sharpen my images.
Enhance > Unsharp Mask > and values 60/2/0
Feel free to ask questions.
Good luck and happy converting 🙂