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I've noticed a lot of people asking many times a week how to create good black and white pictures/icons,(is also called gray scaling or desaturating), how to make them "pop" so to speak. Or how to add color/colorize an entire black and white picture or color only parts of it, leaving the rest black and white.

So I thought it was long over due to make a list of tutorials/guides people have made that explains these things, and to have everything in one place so it's easier to find. I will not claim I have every single tutorial of this kind posted by people on Live Journal listed here, but I think I have around 95% of them, so I hope you'll find something of interest among them!

I did NOT make any of these, I only created the previews, full credit goes to the makers of each tutorial for the rest!

This post includes, in order:

- Different techniques to create good black and white pictures.
- How to colorize an entire black and white picture/icon, or add color to only parts of it.
- Misc black and white icon tutorials.


Created: May 7th 2008
Last Updated April 12th 2009 (added 4 tutorials)
Number of tutorials: 121
IMAGE HEAVY!!



Click the picture to go to the tutorials,or the "HERE" links below the thumbnails!

Different techniques to create good black and white pictures:


This is a very good tutorial that show you the many different ways to achieve a black and white image, using different tools. It's made in Photoshop (PS), but it's perfectly translatable to other programs like Paint Shop Pro (PSP), GIMP ect.



These next three are also a brilliant tutorials that teaches you how to achieved the right degree of contrast when you grayscale/desaturate a picture. These guides uses Photoshop CS2, but they're easily translatable to other programs. They show you how brightness/contrast, curves, gradient maps, etc. can work together to make a better black and white image.








How to colorize an entire black and white picture/icon, or add color to only parts of it:


to
HERE at colorizations

to 
HERE at beyond_horizon

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HERE at icon_tutorial

to
HERE at icon_tutorial

Photobucket to Photobucket
HERE at icon_tutorial

to
HERE at annesaname

to
HERE at flickaholic


to
HERE at millergurl


to
HERE at superbeicons

to
HERE at icon_tutorial

PhotobuckettoPhotobucket
HERE at icon_tutorial




HERE at crisisarrives

to
HERE at hellomydeary






HERE at cristal_graphix

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HERE at fks_graphics










Black and white icon tutorials:












    















































































If your tutorial is up there, and you don't want it to be, leave a comment, and I'll remove it immediately.

Also, if you have a tutorial, know of one that's not already here or if you make one in the future, please let me know, and I'll consider adding it to the list! But, keep in mind that I will not add tutorials that are locked to friends/members only, or "tutorials" that only link to a .PSD.

Feel free to add this entry to your memories, bookmark it or track this post. I will update with new tutorials when they pop up :)

Other tutorial lists made by me:
Supernatural tutorial list [Updated april 12th 2009. Total: 128 tutorials]

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pureuda
May. 7th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
If only something like this came out sooner!
Definitely mem'ing this ♥
mia_eileen
May. 7th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've been craving a list like this for months! I got so sick of people asking the same questions over and over and over, how to make good b/w pictures, how to color a black and white pic, or tutorials to make b/w icons look nicer ect. ect..

And as no one else seemed interested in making a list, I did it myself :P
vesleskjor
May. 7th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
Would it be ok to suggest one I made myself? *sheepish look*
vesleskjor
May. 7th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
But also, thanks for assembling this :) I'm memming it, since I'm sure it'll be useful.
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nisrin
May. 7th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Memming, thank you!
mia_eileen
May. 7th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! :)
chokethewind
May. 7th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
thanks so much! mem'ing. :)
mia_eileen
May. 7th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! :)
pobedaz
May. 7th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
If I may:
... a gazillion of hugs and thanxiez to you for this GREAT tut_list!!! The best I've eva seen! For real!
mia_eileen
May. 7th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
LOL, you may ;)

Thanks so much! That's really nice to hear after spending many hours putting this together :D

Hope you'll find it useful!
malli_
May. 7th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
this is so awesome I'm loss for words oo!
mia_eileen
May. 7th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thank you so much!! Hope you find it useful! :D
adobejunkie
May. 7th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! mem'ing
phonestrap
May. 7th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Definitely mem-ing this. Thank you! :)
misery_passion
May. 7th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Fucking amazing. Thanks a lot! :D
magic_maid
May. 7th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Perfect! Thanks for putting this together.
pinky_heaven01
May. 7th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
I think I love you for posting all that T____T<333
ringopuriin
May. 7th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
nice list! memming!
akai_byara
May. 7th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot for this! ^^
pandoriita1
May. 8th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
thanxx.. im in need of suummm
snnat17
May. 8th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
this is a really good list!
thanks for taking the time in making it and sharing it
now everytime someone asks a question related to B&W coloring I will refer them to this list
thanks again! +mems
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firstillusion
May. 8th, 2008 10:07 am (UTC)
Wow, that must have cost a lot of work putting it all together - and you really picked useful and interesting tutorials. Thanks so much for doing this for all those people who keep asking the same questions, and also for the rest of us who want to take a look!
mscam
May. 8th, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for putting this together, great variety of tutorials too! :)
panicstrickyn
May. 8th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks for putting this list together. Can't wait to try some of these out! ♥
ms_shalimar
May. 8th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
Awesome idea for a tutorial list. Am definitely adding to mems to browse as and when.
pinkertones
May. 8th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
this is just...perfect!!
thank u so much!
I just what I've been looking for
I love to do b/w icons! :)
mem'
christine0701
May. 8th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
you rock! this is awesome :)
unnamed_girl
May. 8th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
wow hun its amazing!
only one thing, i post for a year or more with acc vol4itca, so if its not that hard, could u change it? this is a link for tutorial there http://vol4itca.livejournal.com/14475.html#cutid1
ty!

Edited at 2008-05-08 08:50 pm (UTC)
mia_eileen
May. 8th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Fixed it :)

Thanks for letting me know! :D
unellentitled
May. 10th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC)
Wow! What a selection. Memming!
calzamante
May. 10th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, this is wonderful. Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together, I am adding it to my memories and hoping like hell they help me improve! *grin*
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