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Duotone Image Effect

May 25th 2006
So... Like gangter movies? Then you'll love this Duotone 'Scarface' effect tutorial.
Firstly we'll take this innocent picture of one of my cousins and transform him into a hardened gangster... Well kinda...
Now we need to make this into a greyscale image, so let's simply take all the color out of the image, with one click, using the desaturate function. This is located here: Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. you should end up with a black and white image of your original, like to one on the left here.
OK... Here we have a number of choices to get the duotone effect. For the purpose of this tutorial we will be creating a new adjustment layer with levels. and adjusting the the output. To try this, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels. My settings are shown on the image to the left. An alternative way is to change your image to grayscale, then duotone. These options can be found in Image > Mode. In Duotone options, leave the setting as Monotone. Doubleclick the box with the graph line, and adjust it to your own preferences.
Anyway, here is how my image turned out :)