Eliminate Color with Remove Color in Photoshop Elements 2018

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

There may be times when you don’t want any color in your images. With the Remove Color command in Photoshop Elements 2018, you can easily eliminate all the color from an image, a layer, or a selection. To use this one-step command, simply choose Enhance →Adjust Color → Remove Color.

Sometimes, stripping away color with this command can leave your image flat, or low in contrast. If this is the case, adjust the contrast by using one of Elements’ many lighting fixes, such as Auto Levels, Auto Contrast, or Levels.

If you want to convert a selection, a layer, or an entire image to grayscale, you can do that with the Convert to Black and White dialog box, as shown here. (Choose Enhance→Convert to Black and White.) But, rather than just arbitrarily strip color like the Remove Color command does, the Convert to Black and White command enables you to select a conversion method by first choosing an image style. To further tweak the results, you can add or subtract colors (red, green, or blue) or contrast by moving the Intensity sliders until your grayscale image looks the way you want. Note: You aren’t really adding color; you’re simply altering the amount of data in the color channels.

Wash away color with the Convert to Black and White command.