Black and white photography is the art of using different tones of gray, ranging from white to dark, to create compelling images. This genre has a very long history – as long as photography itself. By the time photographers captured the first permanent color image in 1861, monochrome photos had been around for 35 years.
Still, although color is the new kid on the block, it hasn’t replaced the art of black and white. Color can be a distraction; it can be dull and lifeless. One of the tasks of photographers is to simplify an image, distilling a scene down to its essence. Sometimes, that essence is colorless.
Adding a black and white effect to color images has never been easier, thanks to advances in free photo editing software, such as Canva.
What if we wanted to turn an otherwise color image into a completely black and white image? Using the image below as an example, we will learn the steps of making a photo black and white using Canva.
The photos included with Canva are great. However, since the search function in Canva tends to steer users toward a small group of popular images, this leads to the same stock images being used over and over. Additionally, while some Canva stock images are high quality and high resolution, there are some that only work in limited dimensions since they can’t be enlarged.
Mix-in images from Unsplash, a royalty free image platform. What I really like about Unsplash is that:
2. The images are all high resolution (the minimum upload size of images is one of the largest on the internet).
3. The Unsplash platform moderators are pretty good about only accepting and promoting colorful, original, and vibrant images.
Frames allow you to crop images and videos to their shape.
Resize and reposition added media
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