Black & white photos can serve several purposes: you can stylize an old-fashioned scene, add drama to a nature shot, or create a print that fits a toned-down interior space. But it can be hard to find the right photo editor to convert photos to black & white while maintaining your image quality.
In this article, I'm going to show you how to convert color photos to black and white using a free online tool called Kapwing. I recommend using Kapwing for several reasons:
• It's free to use nearly all of its products
• It's easy to learn
• It doesn't require you to download any apps
• It works on computers, phones, and tablets
• You can upload videos from any source
To make your photos black & white, you'll need to know just 3 simple steps:
- Upload your photo to the Kapwing Studio
- Make it black & white
- Publish & download!
Step 1: Upload Your Photo to the Kapwing Studio
Kapwing allows you to upload any type of image file from any source. You can use a photo you found or stored online from locations like Facebook, Instagram, Google Images, or Google Drive. All you need to do is copy the URL! Or, you can use a photo you have on your device. If your picture is stored on your computer or phone, just make sure you can find it in your file browser. It might be a good idea to make a separate folder of photos, if you want to use several.
Head to Kapwing.com and click "Get Started." If you're already signed in, click "New Project" and "Start with Studio." This will take you to the Studio, where you can use all of Kapwing's editing tools in one place. To upload your photo, either right-click on the URL field and select "Paste," or select "Click to Upload" and find the photo in your file browser! You can also drag & drop a file into the Studio window from your desktop.
Step 2: Make It Black & White
Now that your photo is in the Kapwing Studio, select the photo layer and click "Adjust" from the menu on the right-hand side of the screen. In the photo adjustment window, click & drag the "Saturation" button all the way to the left. Now your photo has been converted to black & white! And if you want to add a more dramatic tone to your picture, drag the "Contrast" button just a bit to the right.
While you’re in the Kapwing Studio, you can make any other edits that you need to make the perfect black & white project:
Step 3: Publish & Download
Once you've edited your picture to perfection and made the ideal visual adjustments, click "Publish" in the upper right-hand corner. Kapwing will automatically work its magic and your picture will be ready to download in no time!
When your picture is finished processing, click “Download” from the right side of the screen. If you’re using a mobile device, you’ll need to download the very small Kapwing mobile app from the App Store. The app doesn’t require any login – it’s only meant to help you download your content! To download your picture on your iPhone, just copy the URL of the download page and paste it into the URL field in the Kapwing app. Now it's ready for you to share anywhere!
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