Using Tints to Change the Look and Feel of a Photo

One of the things I like best about Photoshop is the ability it gives me to completely alter the look and feel of a photograph with a few clicks of the mouse. A technique I use often is to change a full-color photo into black & white or sepia, or to give it an unusual, artistic effect.

To do this, go to the top toolbar and click “Image” then “Grayscale.” This automatically removes the color from the photo and makes it look like a black & white photograph. (Grayscale images work great for promos that are going for an upscale or fine-art look, or that are being designed in only one or two colors.)

Once you’ve put the image into “Grayscale,” go back to “Image” in the toolbar and click on “Duotone.” This will open a box that lets you choose monotone, duotone, tritone, or quadtone. You can mix and match up to 4 colors to create something unique. (We frequently use the tritone in our photography studio to create sepia images that have a brown cast to them and look like old-time photos.)

Try this technique when you have limited color choices to work with or you want an image that looks much different than a regular photo.

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Published: June 14, 2007

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