Convert Images from RGB to Grayscale in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You don’t have to give up your color data when converting images to grayscale. Using the Image→Mode→Grayscale menu command removes all the color from the pixels. As an alternative for converting images to grayscale, open an RGB image in Photoshop Elements 10 and follow these steps:

1Duplicate a layer.

The default Panels Bin contains the Layers panel. In this panel, you find a pop-up menu when you click the icon in the upper-right corner. From the menu commands, choose Duplicate Layer.

You can also duplicate a layer by dragging the layer name to the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.

2Choose Enhance→Adjust Color→Adjust Hue/Saturation to open the Hue/Saturation dialog box.

Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+U (Command+U on the Macintosh).

3Drag the Saturation slider to the far left to desaturate the image, and click OK.

All color disappears, but the brightness values of all the pixels remain unaffected.

4Turn off the color layer by clicking the eye icon in the Layers panel.

In the Layers panel, you see two layers. You don’t need to turn off the color layer to print the file in grayscale, but turning it off can help you remember which layer you used the last time you printed or exported the file.