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An easy way to quickly create a duotone effect using Photoshop

This photoshop tutorial is in the form of video tutorial, where we will be showing you step by step how to create a striking colorful and duotone effect commonly used in marketing by brands such as Spotify. The effect can be applied to any photograph of your choosing, but works particular well in portrait shots of people.

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Tutorial details

  • Program: Photoshop
  • Time estimation: Under 4 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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    Video transcript:

    Hello, and welcome to “Creative Nerds.” In today’s Photoshop tutorial we will be sharing with you how you can create a two-tone effect using Photoshop. So firstly we want to start off by creating a new adjustment layer once we’ve selected our photo, and we want it to be black and white. And then from there, we’re then going to create another adjustment layer, and this time we’re going to choose gradient. And then this will bring up the gradient dialogue box.

    From here we can add our two-tone color effect which we want an initial color to be a pink, so we’re going to go with ff5081, and that’s like a nice light pink. Select OK. And then we want the gradient to transition into a yellow. So from there, we’re going to change the color to be fada15, and then we’re going to select OK. And from there, we’re just going to bring up the opacity so it no longer fades, it’s just a solid color. And then from there, we’re going to select OK. We’re going to keep the style as linear, we’re going to choose the angle to be 90, and then select OK. And then we’re going to change the blend mode on our gradient fill to be Multiply.

    And there you go. You’ve created a two-tone color effect that you’ve seen commonly used across Spotify’s branding. And this looks really good and it’s really quick to apply to photography projects in the future. I hope this is a technique that you’ve enjoyed learning and one that you can take forward to use in your own projects. Thanks for watching and stay tuned to “Creative Nerds” for other quick tips on how to use Photoshop.

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