If you're a black and white photo lover like me, then today's post is for you! A few weeks back I shared my black and white conversion process on my iPhone, Lightroom, and Photoshop. I don't use Photoshop a ton for photo editing, but when I do, I use the same adjustments to almost every black and white photo. After I discovered this, I realized making an action with these edits would simplify the process a bit.
In general, my black and white conversion process typically is made up of a three steps: Removing the color, increasing the contrast, and brightening it up. Every photo requires a slightly different adjustment, but overall these are the three things I do to the image. In the video below you can watch how I use my action and the adjustments I make after I run it to customize it to each photo I'm editing.
Need help installing the action? Read here.
To add the layers manually, click the circle (half black, half white) at the bottom of the Layers window and select an option. The ones I use in my action are Hue/Saturation, Curves, and Levels. I believe the steps are the same in Photoshop Elements.
Hope it helps! & I'd be happy to answer any questions in the comments.