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In this video, Steve Patterson from Photoshop Essentials shows you how to turn photos to high contrast black and white using a Gradient Map in Photoshop. He compares the results to what we get by simply removing the color and explains the secret to why Gradient Maps give black and white photos such a high contrast look. He also explores the Gradient Editor and how adjusting the Smoothness setting affects the contrast. Finally, he provides a quick summary of the steps needed to use a Gradient Map.