Making a Layer Black & White in Photoshop CS6


I have a layer containing an icon in color. My goal is to have the same icon in black and white as well (i.e., both the color and the black & white version in a single image).

When I select the color image on Layer 1 and duplicate it, then highlight Layer 1 copy, and finally click on the adjustments icon at the bottom of the layers panel to reduce the hue, I get the following result:

Layer Panel Screenshot

Selecting any layer will now yield black and white icons for both icons (even though I want Layer 1 to remain colorful).

(Also, Ctrl-Z does not undo it.)

How can I make Layer 1 copy black and white but leave Layer 1 colorful?

6/25/2013 2:37:00 AM

Accepted Answer

Option/Alt click between the Adjustment layer and the icon layer. That way the Adjustment layer will only effect the layer it is "clipped" to.

6/25/2013 2:27:00 AM

You need to make sure the layer that you want to stay coloured isn't behind the adjustment layer you're using to make the other layer black and white.

So bring the coloured layer, 'layer 1', to sit in front of the adjustment layer by placing it above the adjustment layer in the layer panel.

Instead of a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, you could use the Black and White adjustment layer, considering it's relevance. :)