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Photoshop black and white conversion: toning with a Gradient Map

Photoshop black and white conversion: toning with a Gradient Map

Traditional toning of chemical prints can be a lengthy and tricky process, but very similar effects can be achieved digitally in a matter of seconds using a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer.

To access the traditional toning options, click the down arrow next to the gradient bar in the Layer’s Properties Panel, click the cog icon and then select Photographic Toning.

This will reveal a collection of new Gradient Maps to tone and duotone your image. If you hover the cursor over an option, its name will be revealed. If you want to apply a particular effect.

There are a variety of sepia tones as well as cyanotype and selenium options. Click one that takes your fancy to preview and apply the tone.

Split-toning in Camera Raw
After converting an image to monochrome in Camera Raw, just click the next tab along from HSL/Grayscale – Split-Toning – to tone the image.

Use the Hue sliding controls to select the colours that you want to use, and adjust the strength with the Saturation sliders.
Note that the Saturation slider needs to be pushed above the default Zero position before any tone is visible.

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