Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Photographic toning techniques, part of Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: Photography.
- [Instructor] Photoshop has the ability to emulate several traditional color toning effects that photographers have previously achieved in the darkroom, but now we can create these color effects without using any chemistry. We're going to use the gradient map adjustment layer but before I select it, I'm going to tap the D key just to make sure that I have my default foreground and background colors. That way, when I use the adjustment layer icon, and add gradient map, we'll all see the same gradient and it will have the same effect on our image. If we add different colors in there, we would see a different effect.
Now if you've ever used the drop-down menu here and gone through the different preset gradient effects, well, you might have just closed this and written it off. But here's the secret: if you click on the gear icon, Photoshop has a number of photographic toning effects that are really cool but they're not loaded by default. So I'm going to select Photographic Toning. I want to append these gradients, meaning I want Photoshop to add it to the gradients that are already there, and now we can see there's a number of new gradients in our gradient picker.
In order to view these by name, I'll return to the gear icon, and then, choose view by Small List. I'll make this larger by clicking on the grabber handle, so that we can see a number of these toning presets. When we start clicking on these we can see that they really do emulate the traditional processes. We have a number of variations for sepia, sepia antique, some gold tinting, blue, even cyanotype. Now all of these are really quite strong when we first click on them and apply them but don't forget, we're using an adjustment layer so we can always decrease the opacity.
I'm going to choose Sepia Selenium 2 and then, on my layers panel, I'll decrease the opacity but when I do this, we start seeing the color from the image below. It's fairly muted in this but I can see some blues up in the ocean, and then some different tones along the rocks down here. In this case, I actually like this effect but if you didn't, you could click on the background, use your adjustment layer icon again, in order to add a black and white adjustment layer.
That will set the black and white adjustment layer in between the gradient map and your original image, converting it to grayscale before the gradient map is applied. So it's as easy as that to apply traditional color toning effects in Photoshop.
Photoshop CC picks up where Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom leave off, and is loaded with tools and features that can help take your photography to the next level. This course demonstrates the most efficient and nondestructive ways to perform essential editing tasks, including retouching, color and tonal correction, compositing multiple photographs, and adding creative effects—all while maintaining the highest-quality images. Along the way, you will learn the secrets of features such as layers, Smart Objects, adjustment layers, blend modes, fill layers, filters, layer masks, and painting as well as master other features that make Photoshop the most popular and powerful image-editing software on the market.
- Making creative changes with adjustment layers
- Adding color and gradients with fill layers
- Retouching portraits
- Combining (aka compositing) multiple images
- Working with Smart Objects
- Applying corrective and artistic filters
- Painting with Photoshop
- Adding text and watermarks to photos
- Using artboards and libraries
- Exporting and sharing images from Photoshop