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Through the window

By xwang
Lynne loves duotones. she said to me:"You really must try duotones... I promise you, once learned, never forgotten!" So I did. And not only duo, but trioGrin. NO, this is actually an accident. I didn't know how it worked, blindly clicking to find out what's on offer on PS. This is the result of black,magenta and 6a5d5d. Purely accidental, later I found that 6a5d5d was called pale grey. I think that Lynne is right. Duotones have a lot to offer that I didn't know before. I put this photo on, one is to say thanks to Lynne;second is for anyone who is interested in different tones to have a fun. I'll upload the colour version and B&W on MOD section for you to have a play.. if you don't know how to convert colour to duo, may contact Lynne , she has a very well written tutorial for youSmile. Thanks for looking.
BTW, Lynne had converted my previous uploading into four duotones, I'll upload them for you to have a look as well. Thank you, Lynne.
The photo was taken near Southwell Minister.

Tags: General Window Triotones

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Tibetan 5 3 England
13 Dec 2012 2:46PM
Good framing through the window works just right, like the tones very well done, nice light, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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banehawi 13 1.7k 3747 Canada
13 Dec 2012 3:14PM
Hi Jasmine, I hope you are using the very simple method for duo/tri/quad toning in CS5 and CS6! Mode>greyscale, and then Mode>duotone? Then select from the large drop down combinations, which are all customizable? Then mode>RGB when finished?

This is nice, but unfortunately its not straight!


xwang 8 56 8
13 Dec 2012 4:04PM
Thank you very much, Willie. I haven't really got into the very detail yet.
Yes, you told me once, but I didn't have any idea what kind of the photos were good for duotones, still haven't. And I don't see much duotones, i can't tell anything about it, so I left it..When Lynne converted my previous uploading and gave me the tutorial, I had a look again. I found that the drop list had trio and quad, but I didn't know how to put colour in. So, I gave a few blind clicks and found that the right square was the colour and left was the curve. There was also a "Preset custom" drop list with all the colour codes. I guess that they both work the same. Accidentally, I quite like the dropper's first landing, saved it and here it is..
Yes, I was also struggling to get the perspective right as well. i found that if I got the house right the window frame would be wrong, I couldn't get the diamond shape right, because I didn't shoot it in the straight way. The frame on the left and bottom were made with paint brush. The other sides were original.
Thank you very much again, Willie.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2012 5:42PM
A beautifully crafted image, now with your new gained knowlede I will look forward to many more Duotone images GrinGrinGrin

Regards Nathan
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2012 6:23PM
Never mind the straightness, just look at how well you followed my tutorial and yes, Banehawl, that was exactly the method therein!
iancrowson Plus
7 211 146 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2012 6:34PM
Interesting content about duo tones.
I can't help feeling that the choice of subject and composition of the image needs some attention.
The subject is probably the nearest statute as the other is hidden even more behind leaves. It's positioned ok in the frame created by the centre diamond but as it appears to be the main subject and is too small and lost somewhat by the leaves and other bits and pieces. The scenes through the other four outer panes are a distraction.
Framing by windows, arches, doorways etc can work well to guide the eye to a main subject or scene but for me this image does not work.
Sorry to be negative but subject and composition are in my view so important to a successful picture, be it in colour, duotone or painted in oils.
paulbroad 10 123 1181 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2012 6:52PM
Doesn't actually look like a duotone to me. More a slightly warm mono conversion. Duotone normally needs to be a bit more dramatic for me and simply is the construction of an image using two or more tones that are not necessarily black and white.

Not keen on content, this time, Jas. The window leaded frame is much too intrusive for me.

Cant win them all.

banehawi 13 1.7k 3747 Canada
13 Dec 2012 10:34PM
Thanks Lynne, it used to be a pain but so much easier with the later Photoshop!

xwang 8 56 8
14 Dec 2012 12:14AM
Thanks Ian. You made your point. I don't mind being negative. as long as it's helpful...
Thank you Paul. It's triotones, not duotones, but I actually haven't worked it all out yet. There is black in it. I thought that duotone is any two colours. I feel that it's stronger than B&W.
Thank you Lynne again for your kind help and tutorial.
Thank you again, Willie.
ugly Plus
9 9 57 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 7:01AM
Very well seen and taken...
I do like the boarder effect from window lead trim..

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
14 Dec 2012 10:12AM
Well composed
paulbroad 10 123 1181 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 11:30AM
Yes, duo, three, same basic principle. The black does retain the contrast at end of the curve, but the other colors are less obvious I feel.

xwang 8 56 8
14 Dec 2012 8:02PM
Ahh.. I understand now. Thank you very much, Paul. That's very expert's point. It helps me to understand further about how to use these tones...Very glad to know.

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