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Photoshop tutorial: Mono tones with the channel mixer

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Category: Adobe Photoshop

How to create mono tones with the channel mixer - Some images work really well with mono tones and the channel mixer in Photoshop is an easy way to produce them.

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  • Software used: Photoshop CS4
  • Time taken: 10 minutes (for all stages)
 Mono Tones in CS4

Step 1: Create a new adjustment layer

Once you've opened your image and renamed it you need to create a new adjustment layer. Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Channel Mixer. Or click on the black and white circle found at the bottom of the layers palette and select channel mixer.
Create a new adjustment layer in CS4
Channel Mixer in CS4

Step 2: Channel mixer changes

In the channel mixer tick the monochrome box and play with the red, green and blur values to change the tone. Make sure the figures you pick add up to 100%. We changed our values to 70% red, 1% green and 28% blue. By playing around with the figures you may see elements of the image you didn't notice when in colour. It's as easy as that!
Channel Mixer with monochrome ticked

Mono Chrome image in Photoshop CS4

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