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Photoshop in Focus

Another excellent technique for creating eye-catching grayscale images from color pictures uses the Gradient Map command:

1.
Open a copy of an RGB or CMYK image in Photoshop and position to one side of the screen. Hide your palettes with the Tab key if your monitor isn't huge.

2.
Use the menu command Image, Adjustments, Gradient Map. Position the dialog box off in a corner, even partially hanging off the edge of the screen if necessary, so that you can see your image.

3.
In the dialog box, click once directly on the gradient to open the Gradient Editor.

4.
Create a gradient with the following color stops:

  • Location: 0%, Color: RGB 0/0/0

  • Location: 25%, Color: 64/64/64

  • Location: 50%, Color: 128/128/128

  • Location: 75%, Color: 191/191/191

  • Location: 100%, Color: 255/255/255

5.
Move the Gradient Editor dialog box to the side so that you can see your image. Drag the color stops back and forth to see the effect on the image.

6.
Click on the center color stop to make it active.

7.
Click on the Color swatch to open the Color Picker. Move the Color Picker to the side so that your image is visible.

8.
Try RGB 125/120/60. Experiment with other colors for a variety of highly controllable pseudo-duotones.


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