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. I'll show you how to convert any photo you have into a black & white image, all online. Here's what you should know:

  1. Upload your photo to the Kapwing Studio
  2. Make it black & white
  3. Export & download

Step 1: Upload Your Photo to the Kapwing Studio

Kapwing allows you to upload any type of image file from any source. All you need to do is copy the URL and paste it into the upload box. 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.

A screenshot showing how to enter the Adjust menu in the Kapwing Studio.

Head to Kapwing.com in your browser and click the Start Editing button to go to the Kapwing Studio. 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. Here, select the Filters tab and look through the options.

A screenshot of the Filter options in the Kapwing Studio.

For black & white photos, I like to use either Maxwell or Grayscale – Maxwell adds a dramatic depth to the image, while Grayscale keeps everything bright and visible.

Back in the Adjust tab, you can fine-tune the brightness and contrast of your photo to make sure it looks just the way you want. Dragging the saturation to 0 will remove all of the color from the image.

Step 3: Export & Download

Once you've edited your picture to perfection and made the ideal visual adjustments, click Export in the upper right-hand corner. Kapwing will process your picture for download in about a second.

A screenshot of the Kapwing download page.

When your picture is finished processing, click Download from the right side of the screen. If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final image.

Thanks for reading! We hope this article helps you make black and white pictures and videos for social media challenges, vintage photoshoots, and other dramatic moments.

Remember to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your content on social media– we love to see what our creators are passionate about! And if you're interested in more tips and tutorials on creating great digital content in 2021, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel, where we post several new videos every week.


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