On Jan 13, 2006, at 1:23 AM, somebody wrote:

is there an easy way to make printouts print not in color?


how do you all do it?

I was happy to reply:

0) don’t use colored paper. use white (or black) instead.

1) use a laser printer. most only print black.

2) on OS X from the Print dialog chose ColorSync. From the second menu on that pane chose Black and White or Gray Scale.

3) open the PDF in photoshop. select Gray Scale when it asks for dimensions and color space. Click OK. Print.

Not a PDF? Open the image then select Hue/Saturation/Lightness. Take the Saturation slider and drag it all the way to the left.

4) print the document in color. using your digital camera take pictures of these documents setting the camera to black and white prior to taking them. import the pictures. print.

5) if you don’t have a digital camera a scanner can do the same thing.

6) FAX the color pages to your work. pick up the black and white pages the next morning. 

7) Build a time machine and set it to take you back to pre-1930….

Calvin:     Dad, how come old photographs are always black and white? Didn’t they have color film back then?
Dad:        Sure they did. In fact, those old photographs are in color. It’s just the world was black and white then.
Calvin:     Really?
Dad:        Yep. The world didn’t turn color until sometime in the 1930s, and it was pretty grainy color for a while, too.
Calvin:     That’s really weird.
Dad:        Well, truth is stranger than fiction.
Calvin:     But then why are old paintings in color?! If their world was black and white, wouldn’t artists have painted it that way?
Dad:        Not necessarily. A lot of great artists were insane.
Calvin:     But… but how could they have painted in color anyway? Wouldn’t their paints have been shades of gray back then?
Dad:        Of course, but they turned colors like everything else did in the ’30s.
Calvin:     So why didn’t old black and white photos turn color too?
Dad:        Because they were color pictures of black and white, remember?