Working with Duotone in Photoshop CS2

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Step 1

Select the picture you want to work with (Preferably B/W).

‘File’ > ‘Open’ > “thepictureyourworkingwith.jpg”


Step 2

Put your image in Grayscale format.

‘Image’ > ‘Mode’ > ‘Grayscale’

There will be a pop up box that says “discard color information?” Click ‘OK’ - I promise you’ll be safe.


Step 3

Now for the fun part! You’ll need change the format once again to Duotone.

‘Image’ > ‘Mode’ > ‘Duotone’

Now you see the Duotone window. Congratulations you have made it so far! In the top left hand side of the window you see a drop down box it says “Duotone” if you click it you can change from duo with four choices.

  • Monotone
  • Duotone
  • Tritone
  • Quadtone

I suggest you try the Tritone - it’s easier to bring more contrast to the photo.


Step 4

Now you have to pick the tones you want in your photo.

Select ‘Ink 1’ – pick your first color (Black is usually better for Ink 1.)

Just repeat the same steps for the rest of the tone options.


Step 5

After you select your tones, click ‘OK’ on the Duotones window. Your picture is now way cool looking by now - just a few more steps.


Step 6

In order to save this Photo you need to convert it one more time.

‘Image’ > ‘Mode’ > ‘RGB Color’


Step 7

You have made it to the end! Now, so you don’t lose your original photo, make it a copy.

‘File’ > ‘Save as’ > “Thenameofyourpic”

Select your format – Click the little square that says “As a copy”

And there you have it! A simple and easy method to create vivid duotone photographs.