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5. Special Color Requests > 5.6. Changing the Overall Color

Changing the Overall Color

I’m sometimes asked to create an image that has a particular mood. I might be asked to create a sepia-toned image that has an old-time feel, or a cold, gothic looking image made of blues and blacks. Whatever the overall look, images like this are called duotones, which means you are using one color and a black, for instance. You may actually create an image that has only one, two, three (tritone), or four (quadtone) colors; in fact, you are actually creating a CMYK image to appear as though you are using only one to four special colors. CMYK is typically used for this process, since people don’t want to go to the expense of using special colors. Of course, you may not get the same color hue as with special colors, but you can probably get close enough to make your client happy.


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