Duotone Effect in Photoshop

Emulate Print Techniques in Photoshop - Part 3

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Using Gradient Maps and the Duotone Plugin to Produce Colour Tints

Duotone is a traditional print technique that produces contrasty tints.

Photoshop has a built-in plugin for creating duotones, and we briefly explore that in this video, but also look at a simpler but very effective way of producing duotones using Gradient Map adjustments.

This is the third video in a series on emulating traditional print techniques using Photoshop.

The issue addressed by duotone is the desire to print in colour and to have the depth of contrast available in black and white. Duotone combines the contrast of halftone and adds a single colour on top.

The built-in duotone mode in photoshop adds bells and whistles to this idea and allows us to mess around with tritones and delicious Pantone colours.

The effects discussed in this video are probably the most practically useful of all the techniques discussed in this series.

Duotone tints in Photoshop

Halftone Effect in Photoshop

Emulate Print Techniques in Photoshop - Part 1

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Create a Traditional Newsprint Style Effect in Photoshop

This is the first in a series of videos about how to emulate traditional print styles using ordinary Photographs in Photoshop.

Halftone is an effect used in newspapers and magazines to reproduce images using just one colour.

The technical challenge that is overcome by halftone is how to create the impression of a range of tones, but only using solid dots of colour.

This is achieved by changing the ratio of dots to background. In this example we go for the classic black dots on a white background.

The filter used in this video is available in older versions of Photoshop too, but the filter menu may be somewhat different to that in Photoshop CS6.

Halftone Effect in Photoshop

Awesome Etch Effect in Photoshop

Emulate Print Techniques in Photoshop - Part 2

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Recreate The Traditional Etch Print Effect in Photoshop

This is the second in a series of videos about how to emulate traditional print styles using ordinary photographs in Photoshop.

Everyone knows what etching is so I won't spend time describing the effect.

To get this effect is easy. To get the right result, you may need to try out a few photos.

For the result to to really live, you'll want to use a picture with areas of strong texture. By texture I mean detail. Areas of rapid change between dark and light. If the texture is something easy to recognise, like hair the result is likely to be decent.

The colours that you get with the filter used in this video are determined by your foreground and background colours. Hit "D" on the keyboard to reset your colours to the default black foreground and white background.

Awesome Etch Effect in Photoshop

Awesome Etch Effect in Photoshop

Colour Halftone Effect in Photoshop

Emulate Print Techniques in Photoshop - Part 4

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Using the Colour Halftone Filter in Photoshop

This is the fourth video in the series on emulating traditional print techniques in Photoshop.

Colour halftone is not just a old technique it is very much alive in the modern print industry.

Printers use the CYMK colour space and so to truly emulate this print technique in Photoshop, it is necessary to work in CYMK mode.

The settings for the colour halftone filter do need to be tweaked for each image you work with. The yellow channel is most likely to present problems, but minor tweaks to any of the channels can be needed to remove or at least reduce unwanted patterns that frequently emerge after the filter is applied.

Never give two different channels the same angle. The key channel is usually the K channel which stands for black: this is the fourth channel in the filter. There is a preference among printers to giving this channel a 45 degree angle and usually you will want to respect this convention.

Colour Halftone in Photoshop

Comic Book Effect in Photoshop

Emulate Print Techniques in Photoshop - Part 5

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Using Smart Objects and the Filter Gallery to Create a Comic Book Effect

This is the fifth video in the series on emulating traditional print techniques using photographs in Photoshop.

The 1950s American comic book effect is pretty difficult to emulate in Photoshop.

This technique is a mere appromixation but it can sometimes give good results when used with the right image.

The challenge we face is to bring out the detail from a photograph, and also to trace out the key contours inside the image.

The image created in the UFO hoax video was created especially to demonstrate this effect, both for the subject matter and the composition.

Comic Book Effect in Photoshop