Photo Effect Photoshop

How to Create a Black and White Fashion Photo in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a black and white fashion photo in Photoshop. Typically, high fashion black and white photos feature a low contrast and heavy film grain, so we’ll try to replicate that effect in Photoshop.

Black and White Fashion Photo

To create a black and white fashion photo, you’ll need:

  • A recent version of Photoshop

Step 1

Open your image in Photoshop. A portrait will work great, but it would be better to go for something conceptual to achieve an abstract high fashion effect. I used this stock image.

Black and White Fashion Photo Original

Firstly, we will convert the image into a black and white picture. To do so, click on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer option at the bottom of the layers palette and select Black & White from the list that appears. The default settings will work great for our effect, but you can also go for other presets like Darker to enhance the mood.

Black and White Fashion Photo Black & White

Step 2

We will now lower the contrast of the picture. To do so, click on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer option at the bottom of the layers palette, select Levels from the list that appears and use the settings shown below.

Black and White Fashion Photo Levels

Step 3

Now, create a new layer with the name “Film Grain” and the settings shown below.

Black and White Fashion Photo Film Grain

To make sure all effects are fully editable, we will convert this layer into a smart object by right-clicking on the layer and selecting Convert to Smart Object from the list that appears.

Black and White Fashion Photo Smart Object

Let’s add some grain to the image. Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and use the settings shown below. The Amount value can change according to your picture.

Black and White Fashion Photo Noise

We will now blur the noise a bit to make it look more like film grain. To do so, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and add a little blur.

Black and White Fashion Photo Blur

Then, adjust the opacity of the Film Grain layer to make sure our film grain effect isn’t too intrusive.

Black and White Fashion Photo Film Grain Opacity

Step 4

Click on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer option at the bottom of the layers palette, select Curves from the list that appears and use the settings shown below.

Black and White Fashion Photo Curves Red

Black and White Fashion Photo Curves Blue

Adjust the opacity of the Curves adjustment layer to reduce its impact, but just enough that it does make a little difference.

Black and White Fashion Photo Curves Opacity

And we’re done! The black and white fashion photo effect is complete!

Black and White Fashion Photo

About the author

Tabish Shaikh

Website designer, website developer, blogger and a writer. These are the things I like, love and live for. Having years of experience in each field. Developing sites since childhood. Getting the most complicated things done is my specialty. Providing each and everything of top most quality to each and every client.

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