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Dare To Duotone

By LynneJoyce  
A post coordinated with with Ivor (Capto) because of our shared love of duotones, a technique sometimes maligned and dismissed as old fashioned. Described thus in Wikipedia -

"Duotone is a halftone reproduction of an image using the superimposition of one contrasting color halftone over another color halftone. This is most often used to bring out middle tones and highlights of an image. Traditionally the superimposed contrasting halftone color is black and the most commonly implemented colours are blue, yellow, brown, and red, however there are many varieties of color combinations used."

It is a relatively easy technique using the following guidelines in Photoshop -


I often adapt the results of the PS process using hue/saturation to change the result to my particular taste and I never cease to be impressed at how different duotones can create completely different moods with the same starter image.

Anyway, here you have my contributions to this coordinated post. 12 of the images are my own, 3 are c/o the official photographer at the Lord Mayor's Ball when I decided to take 'Black Tie' on the invitation literally. (I think I was the most comfortable woman in attendance). My point here is to show that duotones can be successfully used with a variety of image styles.

Please view Ivor (Capto)'s post where you can see it expertly used on architectural and Dungeness images, thus demonstrating the breadth of imagery that is suitable for this technique.

Many thanks to Ivor for his cooperation.Thank you for viewing and I hope that you enjoy some of these images and that this plus Ivor's post inspire you to give duotones a try.

Tags: Black and white Duotones Landscape travel Portraits and people Baildon moor Lord mayor Alicante Province

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13 Feb 2018 7:42AM
An excellent and very interesting series, Lynne, that I'm sure would have gained royal approval.

nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
13 Feb 2018 7:42AM
All work well, Lynne. I love them all.
debu 11 India
13 Feb 2018 7:55AM
Excellent work and lovely set of images.
13 Feb 2018 7:57AM
a fine set
looks totally unattainable to me, this technique
both in terms of skill and software
capto Plus
9 6.8k 25 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2018 7:59AM
A lovely set that should send duo-tones to the top of the charts.
Love the snow ones especially, they would make great prints.Smile
13 Feb 2018 8:51AM
I like the title of this well thought out and worked set Lynne. I do like them all but the one that stands out for me is V7 though the subject matter for all is lovely.

Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2018 11:19AM
Extraordinary set Lynne. V7 took my eye for the wild beauty on show...
Isabel GrinGrin
13 Feb 2018 11:24AM
A stunning set of images, Lynne.
Great PP with masterful use of this technique.Smile
Your narrative adds great context. Smile
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
13 Feb 2018 1:45PM
Will U send a copy V5 pl
13 Feb 2018 1:49PM
Excellent set
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
13 Feb 2018 3:14PM
A very lovely set, Lynne, especially the ones of you and Garrath, V5 being my fave. A wonderful image to treasure for all time Smile
Trev Smile
13 Feb 2018 9:45PM
Most unusual and beautiful, Lynne, and a fascinating write up. What a fine set!

taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
13 Feb 2018 10:03PM
A very special collection --- Wonderful work--- I missed seeing Ansel!
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
13 Feb 2018 11:27PM
Indeed---- he is there!
gajewski 17 10 9 United States
13 Feb 2018 11:29PM
Very nice series and I like your informative comments regarding duotone. Also -- nice portraits of Garrath.
JohnnyG 10 19 Canada
14 Feb 2018 1:14AM
All are wonderful shots and processes. Really hard to pick out a favorite. I have tried duotone on a few of my shots and I'm not sure why I haven't done more. Something I will need to revisit in the future I think. Smile
Drighlynne 10 131 1 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2018 7:52AM
Wonderful processing Lynne. Excellent series.
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
15 Feb 2018 8:58AM
Excellent series Lynne , beautifully processed'
Fefe Plus
10 57 37 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2018 11:10AM
I really like the portrait ones Lynne! Great imagesSmile

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