Black and White Effect in AKVIS ArtSuite

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Black and White


The Black & White effect in AKVIS ArtSuite converts a color photo to a black and white image and adds a color tint to it (for example, a sepia tone).

A color photo B&W Effect with adding a color tone
A color photo A result of applying the B&W effect

B&W conversion:

  • Color to Gray Mixer. The hexagon consists of 6 sections, each having one color and a control. Use the control to darken or lighten the gray tones that correspond to the original image colors and are close to the section color. The closer the control to the center, the darker the tone, and vice versa, the farther from the center, the lighter the tone.

    The default settings can be restored with a left-click on the gray hexagon in the center.

    Turn color photo to black and white by the default parameters The hexagon for converting color images to B&W
    B&W conversion at the default parameters
    Adjusting the B&W conversion using the color sliders The hexagon for converting color images to B&W
    Adjusting the B&W conversion using the sliders


  • Tint. Choose a color on the gradient circle to add a color tint to the image. By default, the control is in the center of the gradient circle and the image has gray tones. You can set a tint with a left-click on the gradient circle; the control will move to the defined point. The control also regulates the tint saturation - the farther from the center, the more saturated the color shade is.

    Add a color tone to an image The gradient circle for adding a color tone
    Adding a color tone to an image
    Increasing saturation The gradient circle for adding a color tone
    Increasing saturation

  • Coloration (0-100). This parameter mixes the resulting grayscale image with the original one. The values of the parameter vary between 0 and 100. By default the value is set to 0, which means that there is no mixing. As you increase the value, the original image becomes more visible through the grayscale image, adding original colors to it.

    Change the Coloration parameter
    Coloration = 25
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Preferences — Preferences
Effects Effects
   — Black & White — Black & White
   — Shift Colors — Shift Colors
   — Channel Mixer — Channel Mixer
   — Texture — Texture
   — Glamour — Glamour
   — Two Keys — Two Keys
   — Halftone Effect — Halftone Effect
Frames Frames
   — Classic — Classic
   — Pattern — Pattern
   — Strokes — Strokes
   — Scratches — Scratches
   — Page Curl — Page Curl
   — Squares — Squares
   — Ragged — Ragged
   — Spray — Spray
   — Artistic Frame — Artistic Frame
   — Frost — Frost
   — Artistic Crop — Artistic Crop
   — Passe-Partout — Passe-Partout
   — Hand Painted Frame — Hand Painted Frame
Examples Examples
   — Berlin Cathedral Postcard — Berlin Cathedral Postcard
   — Change Seasons — Change Seasons
   — Create Your Own Art Gallery — Create Your Own Art Gallery
   — Make a Calendar  — Make a Calendar
   — Prowling Tiger — Prowling Tiger
   — Frog Prince House — Frog Prince House
   — Summer Dreams (Advanced Tutorial) — Summer Dreams (Advanced Tutorial)
   — Relaxing at the River — Relaxing at the River
   — Happy New Year! Year of the Tiger! — Happy New Year! Year of the Tiger!
   — Handmade Wedding Invitation — Handmade Wedding Invitation
   — Making Your Own Frames — Making Your Own Frames
   — Retro Style Portrait: Black & White Effect — Retro Style Portrait: Black & White Effect
   — Changeable Fruit - Shift Colors — Changeable Fruit - Shift Colors
   — Valentine's Day: Capturing a Memory — Valentine's Day: Capturing a Memory
   — Thumbing Through Photos: Curled Edges — Thumbing Through Photos: Curled Edges
   — Old Paper Effect — Old Paper Effect


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