Black and White Conversion with Paint Shop Pro

2013-06-28

Paint Shop Pro (PSP) is a graphic editor for PCs that can be used to work on digital images. You will find all sorts of effects for your projects and the most interesting will be the “Lab Effect” which allows you to give your images an antique look in black and white.

Paint Shop has some versions that in a way or another have kept the same features and added new ones. Newer versions are compatible with Windows 7 and come with new features such as a new Organizer, Smart Carver, etc.

You can download the freeware version program for a 30 days free trial period.

If you are a Paint Shop Pro user and have no idea on how to use black and white conversion using this photo editor – here are the steps on how to do it.

First, open your image, and create a duplicate copy of your raster. See screenshot below.

Next, click on the first icon on the top left side, scroll down to ‘New Adjustment Layer’, and select ‘Hue/Saturation/Lightness’.

A new window will pop-up where you can set up the hue, saturation, and lightness of your image. In this case, you are going to desaturate or turn down the saturation of your image, go to ‘General’ on the top left side, rename your file and then click ‘OK’. See screenshot below.

Now, here’s how the image will look like after you turned the saturation down. As you can see in the layer’s tab, a new layer is also added, which in this case we have saved as ‘Film’.

Now, you will redo the entire process. Click on the first icon on top left side, scroll down to ‘New Adjustment Layer’, and select ‘Hue/Saturation/Lightness’. A new window will pop-up, click on ‘General’, rename the layer, click ‘Blend Mode’ drop down menu and select ‘Color (Legacy)’, and then hit ‘OK’.

Another layer will now be added in the layer’s tab, which in this case is saved as ‘Filter’.

To go into your ‘Hue/Saturation/Lightness’ tab, just double click into the layer where you want the changes to be applied, and the ‘Layer Properties’ will pop-up.

On the ‘Layer Properties’, you can change the hue, saturation, and lightness of the image. Make sure that you have the ‘Preview On’ checked.

You can play around the ‘Hue’ level of the image, and on ‘Edit’ drop down menu you can choose ‘Master’, ‘Red’, Green’, and other colors available that will highlight your image.

After you are done setting up the hue, saturation, and lightness of your image then merge the layers you have saved to the ‘Copy of Raster’ that you have in your layers tab. To do that, click on the specific layer, which in this case we merge ‘Filter’ to ‘Copy of Raster’ – click on ‘Merge’ and select ‘Merge Down’. Do it in all of the layers where you have done the conversion. See screenshot below.

And now you are done with your black and white conversion using Paint Shop Pro. Now, to bring the color back, in this case the mask layer is ‘White’, which means you are going to brush ‘Black’ as your foreground color to paint all the white masks. See screenshot below.