Learn how to make a photo grayscale in Adobe InDesign. When you're designing a magazine, brochure, or book, using black and white images can really go a long way in the overall design. You can use this technique to quickly and easily change the color of any image to black and white, whether in your layout or as a design element. Let's jump in and see how to change an image to black and white in InDesign.
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What You'll Learn in This InDesign Tutorial
- How to place an image
- How to make a picture black and white in InDesign
What You Need
1. How to Place an Image
You're probably wondering, "Can you make images black and white in InDesign?" The answer is YES! Start by opening the Florya brochure in InDesign. Go to page 3 of the brochure and select the grey background image. File > Place the flower image.
2. How to Make a Picture Black and White in InDesign
Select the Rectangle Tool (M) and make a square box that covers the flower image.
Change the color of the square we just created to Black in the Swatches panel. If you're having trouble locating the Swatches panel, go to Window > Color > Swatches. In the next few steps, you will learn how to make an image black and white in InDesign.
Select the black square and move it backwards so that the text appears above this layer by pressing Command-[ three times.
Select the black square and go to Object > Effects > Transparency. In the next step, you will make an image black and white in InDesign.
To wrap up this tutorial on how to make an image black and white in InDesign, change the Transparency Mode to Color.
Great Job! You Did It!
You just learned how to change an image to black and white in InDesign. Take this newly learned skill and create beautiful images in seconds, like a flower black and white photo. This technique is perfect for designers, photographers, or anyone looking to save time.
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