Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Photographic toning techniques, part of Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: Photography.
- [Narrator] 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 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'll have the same effect on our image. If we add different colors in there we would see a different effect.
Now if you 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 you 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 cyana type.
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 two. 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 some different tones along the rocks down here.
In this case, I actually like this effect. But if you didn't you can 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 in your original image, converting it to gray scale before the gradient map is applied. So it's as easy as that to apply traditional color toning effects in Photoshop.
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- Combining multiple images
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