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How to Convert Images to Grayscale Mode in Photoshop Elements 9

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

In Photoshop Elements, you can convert an RGB image to grayscale, making it look like a black-and-white photo. Grayscale images have black and white pixels and any one of 256 levels of gray. You don’t have to give up your color data, though. As an alternative to using the menu command for converting images to grayscale, follow these steps:

1Open an RGB image in Elements.

You can open the image in either Edit Full or Edit Quick mode.

2Duplicate a layer.

The default Panel 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.

3Choose Enhance→Adjust Color→Adjust Hue/Saturation.

The Hue/Saturation dialog box appears. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+U (cmd+U on the Macintosh).

4Drag 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.

5Turn 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 color layer you used the last time you printed or exported the file.