This design by Themes channels the op-art movement by creating a striking and engrossing illusion that requires you to literally take a step back to appreciate its true form. This design plays on the contrast between black and white to create this ‘hidden’ illustration, proving that not only is black and white a good looking duo, but a highly flexible one too!
How about a photo filter option in Indesign? It would save me so much time, if i didn’t have to launch photoshop, convert a color photo to BW, save and then go back to indesign and reimport the BW image.
Quick note: If you’re using busy monochromatic lines like this example, be sure to balance it out with blocks of white or black (again, as this example does) to prevent the design from becoming overwhelming.
Want to build a clean, sophisticated website? Consider going back to basics and experimenting with a monochromatic design just as Adam Widmanski has done in this example. By limiting your interface and image color scheme to black and white and pairing it with a minimal, well-aligned layout, you can create a more clean, cohesive and united design.
Want your design to really pack a punch? Scale it up! This editorial spread design by Purpose does just that by scaling up its typographical elements to create bold and daring spread designs. Plus, by scaling up (mostly) sans serif typefaces, this piece creates new shapes for other elements to align against, making this bold black and white layout very neat and organized too.
28. Create Clever Negative Space Illustrations via Moodboard
1300 on FillmoreThis specialty food product is a line created for the 1300 on Fillmore restaurant, run by chef David Lawrence. Each bottle design features a simple black-and-white picture of his hands as they work with various ingredients, each one related to the item itself.
This 1993 poster by Armin Hofmann amps up the image contrast to bring out the lighter tones of the image, which helps to highlight the shapes and curves of the image. These highlighted curves are also contrasted with a sharp graphic that mimics the shape of the photograph and helps to both sharpen the image up and add a new layer of meaning.
Taking inspiration from traditional or vintage designs is always great, but how can we make our design appear modern and stylish while maintain that old world charm? Well, this website design for The Ordinary manages to do that by combining elegant vintage-inspired type, photography, and textures with a sleek monochromatic palette and clean navigable layout, keeping it charming and traditional, and not out of touch or outdated.
Silent MonkeyUnlike the logo above, Silent Monkey uses a white background to give the image more light and brevity. The cartoon ape in the center is cute and simple, and the lack of a mouth brings the image together with the name very effectively.
What fun is design if you can’t break the rules every now and then? This monochromatic design by Mash Creative bends a few traditional typographical rules by running the type off of the page at various points, and not aligning the entire title to one point. But, the effect of this is a really stunning, eye-catching and engaging poster.
As designer Chloe Galea notes, this striking branding set “(Takes) inspiration from optical illusionary art, and the idea of makeup as a way of creating illusions, the packaging for the Classic Collection uses a series of monotone patterns to create a striking collection, bold enough to stand out from competition”.
This design by My Little Fabric pairs an elegant and detailed illustration with a crisp white transparent frame and elegant type to create a super simple, classic design. The contrast of the sharp graphic against the traditional serifs and illustrations keeps this design fresh and modern, while still retaining that vintage-inspired charm.
Describing a stationary object as having a lot of ‘movement’ can sound a little odd, but check out this design from Paperjam and note how it uses warped bold lines to create a sense of movement and depth. By overlapping the type with the graphic lines, this piece creates the illusion of the type being sucked into the design, giving the piece as a whole a very immersive effect.
Contrast doesn’t just refer to light vs. dark, but also thick vs. thin, big vs. small, etc. so, consider experimenting with more than one form of contrast when building your design, just as Naranjo—Etxeberria does in this beautiful example. By contrasting not only light and dark tones, but also thick and thin lines within the graphics and type, this piece effectively amps up the contrast in more ways than one.
We’ve had a look at a few examples of how effective black and white lines can be, and this example by Mário Rodrigues is no exception. In this case, the use of bold stripes acts as a focal point of the design as it perfectly complements the bold, line-based logo, making it a natural choice for this branding kit.
Who said frames have to always be square? And on that note, who said frames have to include the whole image? This design by Bili Cardona disregards these notions of frames by instead framing his focal image within a pattern of geometric shapes. These sharp shapes contrast neatly against the monochromatic image and bring a unique, modern flair to the design.
Type is something that is always effective when executed in black and white, so why not scale it up and make it a focal point? This design by Pedro Arbeláez does just that by mish-mashing scaled-up and scaled-down type, creating a very effective design that blurs the line between body copy and titular type, transforming the type into the main visual element of this design.
Contrasting organic textures with sharper graphics is a great way to keep your design modern and sharp, just as this design by Sara Westermann is kept. By creating a frame for the focal image from a mix of a handpainted texture and a sharp, angular graphic, this design has the personal, organic feel of a painted texture, but the modern and sleek appearance of a sharp graphic.
Why have just one business card design when you can have four? This design by Shutterfly via The Tomkat Studio plays up on the flexibility of black and white palettes by creating four different geometric pattern-based card designs. Consider mixing and matching your monochromatic patterns and designs to keep things fresh and new!
This branding design by Bureau Hofmann goes geometric by pairing a sharp flat black and white color palette with bold, heavy, shape-based letterforms. Heavily geometric branding can very easily look playful and quirky if a vibrant color scheme is used, but by using the simple black and white palette in this example, this design is kept strong, professional and punchy.
We tend to think of patterns as colorful, geometric things, but check out this monochromatic design by Pharaoh that instead uses elegant and detailed illustrations to form a branded pattern. The combination of mysterious, beautifully drawn elements and the sharp black and white palette make this branding kit effective and striking.
The real benefit of these two shades is to meld together in a contrasting design. Using such a stark dichotomy, you immediately establish a dynamic in the design that is impossible for the viewer to ignore. It is clean, can be either simple or complex, and has endless opportunities that other color schemes just don’t manage to generate. It all just balances itself out.
05. Naturally Combine Imagery and Type Atelier Martino & Jaña
I’m with you on this one. It would be a lot more helpful to have a simple “Convert to Black & White” option in the Effects menu so that I can quickly sample what any photo would look like in my concept designs as B&W. This would be especially useful and a huge time saver when I’m creating concept designs for my clients and I’m having to find dozens (if not hundreds) of stock photos, then dropping them into my layouts, scaling them, positioning them, and then I should be able to (and would love to) just be one or two clicks away from seeing what the image would look like/do for my layout in B&W.
Designing with black and white: 50 striking examples for your inspiration
A lot of optical illusions play on black and white color schemes, so take a leaf from Chloe Galea‘s book and channel that into your design.
SubtractionSubtraction is the website for social collage app Mixel, created by former New York Times design editor Khoi Vinh. He took an interesting approach to the main image by using his large black dog as the featured subject. Then, he built the rest of the site in black and white around it.
Black and white are too of the most emotive visuals in nature. Polar opposites, the two seem to stand for opposing metaphors, as well. Black is usually seen as dark, a symbol of authority and power, and, occasionally, as a symbol of evil. White is a sign of purity and brightness and of a natural innocence that combats its opponent.
his design by Helmo creates an engrossing effect by slicing and dicing each image and piecing them back together. The use of the sophisticated monochrome palette keeps this experimental design from becoming overwhelming, and the geometric shapes within the split images helps align the type and graphic elements in a neat, presentable way.
A great way to let your type and imagery interact in an interesting way is to let them layer, just as this beautiful monochromatic example by Jordan Hu does. By layering letters, words, and little chunks of type over the image in a way that highlights the image’s shapes and dimensions, this piece creates a delicate and natural effect where no one element overpowers the next.
There are two different lines of the boxes, one that is black with white font and one that is white with black font, featuring a black-and-white picture of a cluster of grapes on a vine as the only decoration. The slight reddish color of the foil on the bottle works well with this design.
2otsuThis portfolio site for a graphic design group has been featured on a number of lists for best overall concept. Available in both Flash and HTML, it uses viewer interaction to great effect. You start by deciding what format you want to view it in. Everything at this point is black and white.
Lines are incredibly versatile graphic elements, and when paired with a stark black and white palette, there’s no stopping them from being really striking. This design by Demian Conrad makes the most of this device by using a mix of straight and curvy lines to frame and draw attention toward the title type.
It would be far better than manually picking and choosing images to convert to greyscale in Photoshop, and it would also save a fair amount of hard drive space.
This design by Metric72 brings a whole lot of drama to the table. This poster manages to pack a real punch by using a perfect combo of a striking black and white palette, a powerfully constructed image, bold leading lines, and an atypical diagonal alignment in place of the typical horizontal/vertical alignment.
A great way to highlight the stark contrast between your black and white palette is to create a striking negative space inspired graphic like the one in this poster via Moodboard. By creating this negative space, ambigram-like design (meaning it can be ‘read’ upside down or rightside up) the contrast between the two colors is made much more apparent and sharp. Have a play with negative space, and if you’re a bit more daring, ambigrams, and see what clever things you can unlock!
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Over to You – Get Started With Your Own Black and White Palettes!
If there’s one thing all creative industries can agree on, it’s that black and white is a timeless duo.
Convert color photos to Black and White in Indesign pagalina Apr 11, 2017 1:56 PM
The beauty of black and white color schemes is that you can take your design and simply invert the colors and you have a whole new (still functional and effective) design in your hands. This invitation design by Robot Food does just that by having half the invitation as white on black and the other half inverted as black on white, creating a bold contrast between the two designs.
40. Detailed Illustrations vs. Sharp Graphics My Little Fabric
This angular poster by LaGasulla reminds us that type doesn’t have to sit on a flat plane that extends from the left of the page to the right. In fact, as this piece shows us, sometimes by adjusting the perspective of your elements, you can create an intriguing appearance of dimension and depth.
Want to add something unique to your design? Consider framing it in a mysterious or atypical way. This intriguing poster design by Przemek Bizoń takes a bit of a unique approach to framing by only revealing segments of the underlying monochromatic image, which adds interest and a unique touch to the design. Plus, these block-like frames help make aligning elements much easier and faster – two birds, one stone.
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This poster design by Atelier Martino & Jaña combines type and imagery in a fluid, natural way, by working with the curves and contours of the image. By using custom hand type and elegant monochromatic watercolor effects to complement the focal image, this piece flows beautifully from one element into the next, creating a classy and sophisticated design.
Designing with light and shadow: 10 highly effective tips you should try [with case studies]
Have you tried Edit Original? Right click the placed photo in InDesign and choose Edit Original from the context menu (or the Pencil button in the Links panel). You can add a B/W Adjustment layer, save and close. When you come back to InDesign, the file is updated. When I’m editing photos, I keep Ps open and it’s quick as can be. This also works with Illustrator files.
Black and white color schemes are already pretty bold, so consider complementing that with an equally as bold design. This branding set by Studio—JQ and Matt Wilson uses scale to help the brand mark pack a punch and act as the main visual focal point.
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Want to convey a particular emotion through your design without reaching for a vivid color? Have a go at using expressive type. This design by Sam Wood uses dramatic, hand painted type and a complementary lively and evocative image to channel excitement and drama. So, instead of using bold colors to communicate your message, try to use or create visual elements that pinpoint it in a unique way.
If you’re looking for a way to add a lot of cinematic drama to your design, check out this movie poster by Kate Marie Koyama Design. By pairing monochromatic photographs, bold, stacked sans serif type, and pronounced stripe cut outs, this design channels the dark tones and venetian blind shadows of film noir to create a mysterious, engrossing design.
It is also a softened version of a brighter shade, mixing it beautifully.
When i have had to do this in the past to lots of photos, I’ve put a solid black block over them then > effects > saturation
But, despite this, for lots of designers, stripping your design’s palette back to just black and white might not seem like a viable option, or it might not even have crossed your mind.
Type is how we communicate ideas and thoughts, so make sure people pay attention to your type by embellishing it with a sharp black and white palette and stunning typographic composition, just as this design by Friends of Type has done. This beautiful (entirely hand crafted!) piece uses a mishmash of shapes, typographical styles and bold and thin lines to bring this Bueller quote to life.
In this list we’ll look at 50 stunning monochromatic designs and hopefully you’ll quickly begin to notice how flexible this small palette really is, and just how easy it is for you to kickstart your own black and white designs. So, let’s get started.
27. Take Inspiration From Newspapers Manitou Design, Shamil Karim and Kristina Udovichenko
Many graphic designers today see that the best way to stick out in today’s full color world is not to join them but to set themselves apart by refusing to follow the norm. Duality has become the name of the game, giving us every reason to try it ourselves to see the effect.
2. Re: Convert color photos to Black and White in Indesign BarbBinder Apr 11, 2017 2:14 PM (in response to pagalina)
Negative space refers to the space around a design, and the shape that space makes. This design by Mieczysław Wasilewski uses negative space to create a strong graphic that visualizes the titular concept. Consider using your bold black and white palette to create a strong, clever negative-space inspired design that packs a punch.
The text is extremely small, which is actually a benefit, as it makes the words seem somehow quieter, as though they are being whispered to the viewer.
Another way to add texture to your design is by breaking out the watercolors and adding some soft watercolor effects to your elements, just as this save the date card by A Fabulous Fete does. By pairing this with the elegant, effortless script type, the clean white space and the simple body copy, this soft texturing can disrupt that clean, stark effect, and add a little organic touch.
Exporting your PDF in grayscale ought to work, though. Have you tried that?
When it comes to branding, we often assume that a brand has to have a signature color, but as this branding kit by Miklós Kiss proves, a monochromatic palette can be just as effective as any signature color. By using sharp lines, an intricate logotype and bold graphic elements, this branding kit stays professional and clean while still effectively memorable.
Henry (Lagarde)This Argentinian wine is already well known throughout Europe for its taste. But the packaging needed to be just as memorable. Using a black bottle instead of the traditional, shaded green glass, they used both a black-and-white label and a matching box.
Consider complimenting your super simple color palette with a super simple design. This monochromatic design by Cocorrina takes a walk on the mild side by pairing simple, elegant type with one simple graphic and just one focal image. By aligning these elements to the center of the page and upping the amount of white (or grey) space, this design remains stylish, beautiful, and simple. When in doubt, strip back your design and keep it simple.
Culinary ZenThe black background with the white text and image is very direct and well made. It is impossible not to have your eyes immediately drawn to it as a whole rather than any particular part of the logo.
For example, you see Lawrence handling cornmeal for the jalapeno cornbread mix or dicing garlic cloves for the roasted garlic and bacon vinaigrette. The design is elegant and effective, without any color at all. It looks even more striking against the clear bottles of liquid dressings that have their own, natural color.
This poster by Max Kuwertz foregoes the typical notions of cleanly set, linear poster type by instead crumpling and warping the bold type by using perspective to replicate a crumpled up piece of paper. This simple addition of the crumpled effect takes this design from ordinary and plain to unique, eye-catching, tangible, and memorable.
Each image features one of Kaniewski’s photographs, which can be viewed by clicking for a larger image. You can also change the background from black to gray or white.
Then, it takes you to the main page and has you select what color you want for the interface. From there, you are directed to the now customized list of fast, scrolling portfolio images, which are black and white until you click on them and they expand in full color.
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Black and white palettes really lend themselves to minimalism, so why not experiment with that? This design by Márton Jancsó channels minimalism by using one photographic/typographic focal point, very little and very simply set type, and a whole lot of white space. Use minimalism to help you redirect focus to your design’s most important focal point.
This design by Jean-Michel Verbeeck is very simple, right from the color palette down to the composition which only consists of title type, body copy, an image and a frame. The simple addition of the frame to this design not only draws attention into the content, but highlights the stark difference between the main two tones.
They say black will never go out of style, so your secret weapon when it comes to creating a timeless and stylish design is to go monochromatic. This website design by Creative Riot does just that by using a light monochromatic palette, clean images, wide margins, and super simple type to stay fresh and very stylish.
As the designers note, “Traditional russian way of packaging is newspaper. So why not to follow traditions? We have collected in our newspaper some funny stories, statements and anecdotes for reading with a glass of beer”.
If Quark Xpress can you do it, then InDesign damn well better be able to do it too.
Got a lot of information to include on one page? Consider breaking that info up into separate blocks by using sharp, fine lines, just as this example by Amanda Jane Jones does. This piece divides the elegant monochromatic type and imagery into a modular grid which creates a strong structure and very neat composition.
1. Re: Convert color photos to Black and White in Indesign oleh.melnyk Apr 11, 2017 2:04 PM (in response to pagalina)
InDesign is a program for layout design, not image editing…
This beautiful branding kit by Demian Conrad uses a stunning black and white palette to give an organic marbling concept a sharp and professional execution. By creating organic, flowing, marble-like shapes and executing them in a sharp monochrome, this design remains sharp and professional, but with an organic, softer touch, creating an all-round memorable visual for the brand.
I have also tried to use the black shape over the picture with the saturation effects option on it, but that doesn’t result in a PDF with black & white photos. And that PDF is what my clients need to review the layout designs, so that solution doesn’t really work for 90% of the issue for me.
Black and white are two of the most useful shades you can find for any design project. What are some of your own favorite examples of black-and-white design?
Like bread and butter, monochromatic palettes and letterpressing effects just naturally fit together. Don’t believe me? Check out this branding kit by Anastasia Yakovleva that uses a sharp letterpressing effect to bring depth and tactility to the bold black and white design.
The use of the “C” doubling as a plate is another nice touch that brings it all together by giving the image itself more relevance to the actual name, not just the focus of the company.
So, next time you’re sitting down and getting ready to design a poster, invitation, or brand kit, just take time to consider cutting your color palette right down to just black and white. It might be a bit of a challenge at first, but trust that the end result can really pack a punch.
Consider pairing your sharp monochromatic color scheme with some bold lines to create a unique and stylized effect. This beautifully balanced piece by MUTI does just that with its symmetrical wire-like design, built up of bold white lines that contrast sharply against the black background, creating a stylish and evenly balanced illustration, jam packed full of symbols, illustrations, and a whole lot of character.
Have you ever encountered a black and white design that captured your attention? Or do you have some tips up your sleeve about mastering the monochrome? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
The unique factor here is not the design itself but the way Vinh manages to make the contrast appear friendly and warm rather than the usual intensity the dual shades create.
Designing for engagement: How color, type and space can impact the mood of your design
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Scent StoriesProbably the greatest example of black-and-white packaging, Scent Stories is a product line of perfumes made as a personal project by Ah&Oh Studio. It is based on four famous authors: Edgar Allan Poe, Marquise de Sade, George Orwell and Pierre de Laclos.
Textures are one of the most ubiquitous design elements around, and you can easily (and effectively) adjust them to fit within your new monochromatic palette. This design by Axel Lokrantz Månson uses a monochromatic marbling texture to add a simple, unique effect to what is otherwise an extremely simple design.
White space is a magical tool in the world of design, but it’s important to remember that it doesn’t always have to be white. In the case of this design by Philippe Apeloig, the white space is black, but it acts just like any other piece white space out there would – it frames, declutters, simplifies and lets the design ‘breathe’, putting the focus back on the important elements, like that clever dimensional typographical title.
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Type in its most basic format is usually flat and linear, so why not spice it up by adding a little texture and effect to it like this poster by Ronan Kelly does. By using overlaid radial lines, shadowy edges, and warped letters, this design turns the type from flat and lifeless to dramatic and evocative.
A black and white palette is a classic for a reason, you can work it to become just about anything you want it to be – classic, sharp, modern, or traditional. All it takes is the right application, the right intent, and you’re ready to go.
Rorohiko.com has InD plugins for this that works quite well.
Let’s take a look at how black-and-white designs are being used in various graphics, with great success.
Each scent was tailored to the tone of the writers’ stories, with a small explanation of each on the packaging. On the back of each bottle is a snippet from the authors’ most well known stories. Then, the bottles were topped with finely crafted busts for each. For de Sade it is a screaming women, for Poe a grinning skull, for Orwell a pig and for de Laclos a faceless, wigged aristocrat.
34. Mix and Match Geometric Shapes Shutterfly via The Tomkat Studio
41. Don’t Forget the White (or Black) Space Philippe Apeloig
When paired with a black and white palette, geometric patterns can be really striking, as you can see in this design by Demian Conrad. A really cool thing about this piece is how it explores the makeup of various patterns, and how by overlapping some of them, new patterns are formed. Have a play with layering and mixing up your pattern designs and see what you can come up with!
Taking inspiration from anywhere and everywhere is often the best way to unlock a simple and clever idea. For example, this poster design via Fumettologicamente for an architecture conference takes inspiration from blueprint design by using fine lines to create a structure around the focal graphic element. This simple concept is complemented by a simple design and palette to make it a smart and powerful piece.
but, technically, you can do the color conversion while exporting PDF file
For more letterpressing inspiration, be sure to check out these 50 stunning letterpressed business cards to help get you inspired.
Black and white can seem like a very inflexible palette, but believe me when I say, it’s actually quite the opposite. In fact, black and white is incredible versatile, easy to use, and effective as anything!
This movie poster by Kyle Kim blurs the line between illustrations and type by constructing a striking title out of sharp black bird silhouettes, which when contrasted against the white background form the title type. The use of clustered elements and the radial composition draws attention in toward the title and then out toward the exterior information, making this monochromatic design not only cool and clever, but functional too.
Why settle for just one geometric pattern when you can mix, match, and combine a few of them to create a striking effect. This poster design by Project 5 does just that by mish-mashing a handful of sharp black and white geometric patterns within a bold graphic. Monochromatic color schemes lend themselves to a lot of flexibility, so have a go at making the most of that flexibility by mixing and matching your elements.
What’s black and white and red all over? This newspaper-inspired branding package by Manitou Design, Shamil Karim and Kristina Udovichenko. This newspaper inspired design uses type, illustrated imagery and a very editorial black and white color scheme to channel Russian traditions.
Marcin Kaniewski PhotographyThis photographer has implemented a really brilliant design for his website. Not only does it use the beautiful contrast of black and white very effectively, going so far as to remove all color from even the thumbnails, but it acts as a portfolio as well.
Fashion AustraliaNot all shades have to be so bold, and actually, using intermediate colors is a good idea for less stark logos. This one uses a dark gray that softens the image. It works well with the only color in the logo, which is a pink bowtie on the kangaroo.