Monday, March 26, 2007

TriTone and Color Combo Technique

The New Photoshop CS3 which will be formally announced tomorrow has some really good new B&W adjustments. Once you convert an image to grayscale (instead of RGB) you can access tritones and quadtones via the Image:Mode menu. Then, using the Load option on the Duotone Options dialog, you can navigate to the Presets folder, open the Duotones Folder and find some nice presets for both tritones and quadtones. They are very well hidden. I found that I liked working with the tritones to get a nice light sepia look to the grayscale image. Once I had done the tritone conversion, I then converted the image back to RGB, placed the original color image over the tritone as a layer, and reduced the opacity to allow a little color to show through. This gave the image a nice tint of color, almost a hand-tinted look. I like this effect with the images I took from Venice. It was nice to have these images be less "literal" - I think it gives them a more timeless feel. You can see all the images I have used this technique on in the Venice Images Photo Album on the right. They are also in the Venice portfolio at


1 comment:

  1. Elizabeth:
    I saw these images in your gallery and really wondered what the PS technique was. Thank you for explaining it, I need to try it!