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How to change a photo from color to black and white using Microsoft Photos

How to change a photo from color to black and white using Microsoft Photos
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Black and white photography is a great way to capture textures. It is also a wonderful way to focus on your subject without the colors distracting the viewer. The light and shadows are the only defining aspects, making a black and white image look more dramatic than a color image in many use cases.

What do you do if you have a color photo that you hoped you had captured as a black and white photograph? You can digitally alter it in Microsoft Photos. 

Microsoft Photos is a built-in app available in all editions of Windows 10, so there is no need to install it. The process to edit the photo is also quite simple. Just remember to save a copy instead of overwriting the color photo in case the dramatic effect you were imagining doesn’t turn up to be so great. 

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1) Right-click the image to open the context menu.

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2) In the menu, select Edit with Photos.

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3) In the Photos app in the Edit mode, go to the Adjust tab.

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4) Drag the Color slider to the left till the image becomes black and white.

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5) At the bottom left, click Save a copy.

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6) In the Save as dialogue box, assign a new file name.

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7) Click Save to save the copy.