Convert Images to Black and White in the GIMP Application

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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to apply the grayscale effect on an image in GIMP in Windows 7.

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    You should have the program open and an image ready to use.
    You can refer to our other tutorials to find out exactly how to do that before we proceed.
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    First, click "Colors" at the top of the window.
    You may need to move the "Toolbox" window to see the menu.
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    Then, click "Desaturate...".
    Its icon on the left is grey and blue. A dialogue box will appear with a preview of the default saturation.
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    If you're satisfied with the selections, click "OK".
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    You can choose how you want your image to be desaturated from the options.
    The selections are "Lightness, "Luminosity", and "Average". Those vary slightly, depending upon on what part you would like to focus your desaturation.
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    Ensure that the "Preview" box is checked.
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    Once you are satisfied with the chosen saturation, click "OK".
    This will apply your changes.
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    You can also click "Reset" to reset the settings.
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    Then, edit brightness and contrast if needed.
    There are other VisiHow tutorials on how to do that.
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