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Chapter Eleven. Digital Darkroom Expert ... > Toning and Tinting Techniques

Toning and Tinting Techniques

There are numerous ways that you can add a toning or colorization effect to a grayscale image in Photoshop. We'll explore a few of them here. If you're working with an image that's in grayscale mode, the first thing you need to do is convert it to RGB mode. You can find this command in the main menu under Image > Mode > RGB.

Toning with a Hue/Saturation Layer

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to your image. In the lower-right corner of the dialog, click the Colorize check box. This adds a color tint throughout the image. The color you get will be based on whatever your foreground color was when you entered the dialog, or red (0Þ on the Hue color wheel slider) if the foreground color was black, white, or gray.

Move the Hue slider until you arrive at the basic hue of the tone you wish to apply (if you're after a sepia tone, for example, you can achieve that by moving the Hue slider to 40). The effect will probably be too saturated initially, so adjust the Saturation slider until you find something more to your liking. Alternately, you can leave it saturated in the Hue/Saturation dialog and then use the layer Opacity slider to tone down the saturation later. This will also blend in some of the original colors from the image, which can also be a very interesting effect (Figure 11.60).

Figure 11.60. Adding a sepia tone with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer set to Color.



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