Gritty black and white urban shots using Photoshop.

Frequently when you wish to test out black and white-colored photography it may be better to shoot in colour, and become black and white-colored later. This gives a larger degree of versatility and provides you additional control over alteration.

This tutorial describes one sort of black and white-colored conversion whereby the look is offered a gritty, grungy look. This provides an identical appearance to traditional film grain, and causes it to be an excellent way of atmospheric urban shots.

I will be using Photoshop, that is probably the most popular program for this kind of processing. However, the instructions may be easily adapted for other software for example Adobe Lightroom, so you will still have the ability to follow along.

Before and after converting to gritty black and white

I will be using Illustrator to include a gritty black and white-colored effect for this photo. Image by Rana Ossama.

The very best photos for this method are the ones with lots of contrast and texture. This method will truly enhance the gritty, dirty details.

Become Black and White-colored

Start Photoshop, open your image and convert it to black and white-colored. The simplest way is by visiting Image > Mode > Grayscale, or use my suggested black and white-colored conversion way of additional control along with a more interesting final image.

After converting to black and white

Boost the Contrast

Next, adjust the image’s levels (Image > Adjustments > Levels). Drag the finish sliders inwards to produce more contrast. Don’t be concerned should you lose some detail within the highlights and shadows it’ll all increase the final effect. Click Alright to use the adjustment.

After increasing contrast

Add some Grittiness

Improve your background colour to white-colored (D around the keyboard).

Use a diffuse glow filter for your photo (Filter > Distort > Diffuse Glow). Adjust the sliders the way you like. Let’s imagine I made use of Graininess 4, Glow Amount 1, Obvious Amount 8, however the settings will be different with respect to the image as well as your preferences.

After adding grain to produce a gritty effect

Click Alright to use the filter after which save your valuable new gritty black and white-colored photo – simple!