Easy Photo Effects is probably the most easy to use photo editor you will ever find. With just a click on a button you can convert your images into black & white artworks, give them a vintage sepia look or apply a cool movie effect. Each effect can be tweaked and you can combine different effects for an unique look. Easy Photo Effects is freeware which means you can use it for free and make as much copies of the program as you want to give to your friends and family members.

Effect/Function: Black and White or B&W Effect

Description:

Most of photo camera users don’t probably know that black and white pictures can still be taken. The old fashioned pictures are not available on digital cameras, but they can be crafted with Easy Photo Effects software. Why should you extract colors from a photo? Because you can make it a work of art. For a better understanding of what a work of art is, let us have a quick tour in the history of pictures.
Classical, oil on canvas paintings, no matter how good the painter would be, cannot be very precise. Exquisite, grand, brilliant Renaissance artists, only to name Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo, Titian, created wonderful, beautiful, lovely, marvelous colored tableaus. Later on, great engraving authors (all of the great painters tried engraving as an expression of their talent) did black and white works of art. Yet, any redneck or any child (the unspotted eyes of true innocence) can tell you one very plain, dull, shocking truth: all those masterpieces missed likelihood with their subjects!

I.e. those artists managed to depict attitudes, feelings, landscapes, but they almost never managed to restore perfect images of their subjects. Not even when they worked in black and white charcoal or graphite pencils.
It was not until the 19th century that the emerging middle bourgeoisie in France begun to manifest nobility standards, and paintings were among the first such pretentions. Good painters were very, very expensive. The middle class couldn’t afford them, so the market had to pull something out of its sleeve!

Then, during the third decade of that glorious industrial century, came the invention of a celebrated Monsieur called Louis Daguerre, whose camera pictures furored Parisian high-life and then spread allover the world, becoming known as black and white photographs. Of course, the first photographs lacked something paintings had in abundance: color. But they were so much more like their originals, their subjects!
Crowned heads, presidents, royal families, then middle bourgeoisie and finally rich peasants rushed in front of the cameras, leaving their black and white images for posterity.

Although the first attempts to a permanent color photography were made in 1861, the lap of the 20th century brought by the first real color picture. It was another Louis (the Nth), whose name was fated: Lumiere – Light.
It took decades to the color photo to become affordable. In fact, it was in the late 60’s when common people could pay for colored films and pictures. Late 70’s brought the end of the black and white photos. They still remain in the collective memory, and particularly in the hands of art photographers. We invite you to try and turn a colored photo into a vintage black and white picture. Easy Photo Effects can help you do it in a matter of seconds.

TIP: press the "Reset Image" button on the left of the program to restore the current visible image to the last opened or saved image.

Settings:

You can change the grayscale method by opening the settings window which is located right above the big "Black & White" button.

Black and White settings.

Grayscale methods:

- Average: This method takes the average value of the red, green and blue values combined and uses it as the grayscale value.
- Luminosity: Standard luminosity, the human eye responds differently to the three primary colors, this method uses that knowledge.
- Gray inversion: Same as average but 'inverts' the colors which results in an image that looks like a negative.
- Red: Uses only the red value of each pixel.
- Green: Uses only the green value of each pixel.
- Blue: Uses only the blue value of each pixel.

Examples:

 

vase statue normal  vase statue Black and White

castle normal  castle black and white

Using the "Gray Inversion" setting:

vase statue normal  vase statue black and white gray inversion setting