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