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How to Use Duotones in Photoshop

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    • 1). Open a copy of an image you wish to make into a duotone in Photoshop. Go to the "Image" pull-down menu at the top of the screen and select "Mode."

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      You will need to completely discard your picture's colorJupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images

      Choose the "Grayscale" option inside "Mode." Photoshop will ask you if it's OK to discard the color information. You have to do so to create a duotone, so choose "Discard. If your image is already in grayscale mode, you are set to proceed.

    • 3). Go to the "Image" menu and choose "Mode." The "Duotone" option is now available. Choose it, and the "Duotone" options box will open.

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      Pick the ink you want for your duotone colors.Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

      Choose "Duotone" under "Type." You are now given options "Ink 1" and "Ink 2."

    • 5). Click the box on the right of "Ink 1." The color picker will open to allow you to choose the first tone in your duotone. This tone is usually the darker of the two. Clicking the box on the left opens a curves graph. Clicking and dragging within the graph will allow you to refine how your color will be mapped into the darker and lighter tones, allowing you to refine your duotone.

    • 6). Click on the "Ink 2" boxes to choose, and then refine, your second, lighter tone. Click "OK" button to exit the duotone options.

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