Monochrome via Quick-Mask
Clive R Haynes FRPS

This is an improved method of quickly converting an image into a black & white picture that offers a little more subtly of mid-tone tone detail than the 'instant method' via 'desaturate'

I admit that the 'route' appears strange but it works!

Quick-Keys / Shortcuts shown in brackets.

The Method

Open your image

Select > All (Ctrl + A)

Edit > Copy (Ctrl + C)

Click on 'Quick Mask' button - it's near the base of the Tool Bar (Q)
The image will have a red cast - fear not!

Edit > Paste (Ctrl + V)
The image becomes less red

Edit > Copy (Ctrl + C)
An invasion of 'Marching Ants' appear all over the image

Exit Quick Mask - click on the left-hand Quick Mask button (Q)

Edit > Paste (Ctrl + V)

Voila! Monochrome!

 
In fact if you wish to do the whole thing using 'quick-keys' only, try this:

Open your imager, thenů..
Ctrl + A
Ctrl + C
Q
Ctrl + V
Ctrl + C
Q
Ctrl + V
And there you have it!
Tip: By making the steps listed into an 'Action' the process can take place at the click of an icon.
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