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Getting Professional Results with Photoshop Elements and Your Inkjet Printer: Toning

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Before digital photography, only black and white images could be chemically toned, but today toning can be applied to color images too. Tim Daly shows you how.
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Toning essentials

Toning is an ideal technique for making both grayscale and plain RGB color images more eye-catching.

When to use toning

Before digital photography, only black and white images could be chemically toned, but today toning can be applied to color images too. The example shown above is an ideal subject for toning, since the amount of color is minimal.

Using the correct color mode

If your image is in Grayscale mode, you must convert it to RGB Color mode first, as shown above. If your image is already RGB, then desaturate by selecting Enhance > Adjust Color > Remove Color.

All-over color wash

You create simple toning by using the Colorize function in the Hue/Saturation dialog box. This function applies a single color wash over the highlights, midtones, and shadows, as shown above. See page 120 for more details.

Multiple tones

Complex effects can be achieved by using two different colors. The example above uses a yellow in the highlights and a red in the shadows, applied with Color Variations. See page 126 for more details.

Experiment with tone colors

Deeper hues, such as the three tones below, make for better toning compared to lighter, pastel colors. If toning colors are too light, they look washed-out when applied to midtone areas.

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