Let's say you have a color scan or color photo of a vintage transfer and you want to make it black and white. Do you have to scan it all over again? Do you need Photoshop and a bunch of fancy image editing applications? Absolutely not! Instead, take advantage of the free editing options built into Flickr (using Picnik). For my example I used a color image I found in Hoop Love (thank you Lori, for adding it to the pool!)
How to Make a Color Scan or Color Photo Black and White
- In Flickr, click "Edit Photo" just above your photo (on the right hand side).
- When Picnik loads, click "Colors".
- Drag the Saturation bar as far left as possible (-100). Voila! Your picture should look like a grayscale image now.
- Now, to make your image black and white, Click "Exposure".
- Drag the Exposure and Contrast bars to the right until your image is a nice sharp black and white.
- Optional: Add Text! Click the Create tab, then click "Text" to add your name and any message you'd like to leave.
- Click Save (you can either save a new image or replace the old image in your Flickr stream). Here's the finished image: not bad for a free editor, eh?
I hope this quick tutorial was helpful! Later I may do a longer tutorial on how I scan my vintage transfers - it'll be more time-intensive since I use Photoshop for a lot of the steps.