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This week I am experimenting with a black and white technique I read about in a magazine. It uses the duotone mode in Photoshop and in the magazine produced a very striking conversion, so I thought I’d give it a go.
I chose an abstract image, because it had plenty of texture and contrast, and opened it in Photoshop.
I converted it to black and white by choosing – Image-mode-grayscale…
I changed it to 8 bit/channel as it doesn’t seem to work at 16 bit. Then chose Image-mode-duotone which brings up a box that enables you to choose different colours to add in and alter the tones that these apply to.
From this I changed the type to “tritone” so I could choose two colours and black and picked the colours that I wanted. I chose blue and orange/brown as they are complimentary colours so should work well together and brought the blue into the dark tones and the orange/brown into the highlights using the curves alongside the colours.
I then made a few more adjustments to the image, I used the high pass filter to sharpen it and added a curves layer to adjust the contrast. At this stage, I couldn’t stop playing, so I also added a diffuse glow filter.
There are many ways in Photoshop and Lightroom to create a duotone, tritone or split tone effect, this is just one of them, but I thought it was a quite effective and straightforward method.
Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear your comments and make sure to visit the other After Before Friday transformations over at Visual Venturing.