I like the duotone effect of a picture and this is one of my first attempts. I took this picture of my husband in our backyard on Sunday and I took the picture of George on the same day. I took the clouds on a different day last month. Scott Kelby gives a fairly simple step-by-step procedure on the making of a fake duotone in his book, The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers, but I had a problem with holding down my eyedropper sampler button and moving it to a select duotone photo on photos.com.
Basically, Scott wants you to find another duotone photo that has a color in it that you like and you'll be set. He says he goes to photos.com and search for duotones. I did that and only found one or two that I liked but he says that as soon as he finds the one he likes, he goes back to Photoshop (and this, on my computer at least, minimizes the site you've just come from) and presses the letter "I" to get the eyedropper tool and then click-and-hold anywhere within his image area, and then (while keeping the mosue button held down), he drags his cursor outside of Photoshop and onto the photo he's chosen from the other site.
Confused yet? None of this dragging stuff worked for me, so I ended up right clicking on a picture I wanted from another site and then saving it as a small file, and opening it up in Photoshop next to the picture I wanted to turn into a duotone. I'm sure I've done wrong.
Still confused? You don't have to be, really. I found a couple of colors for you to use. You don't even have to go searching. So let's begin.
Step One: In Photoshop, open up the photo you want to turn into a duotone. (Make a duplicate of it if you like, in order to keep the original).
Step Two: Set your foreground color (double click on it; it's over there on the left bar, under your eyedropper tool and your zoom tool) to d89c5a (if you don't like that one, try some more that are around that color when you open it up. I also used 64650f).
Step Three: Now that your foreground color is selected, go to your layers palette and click on the Create a New Layer icon. Then, press Option-Delete (PC: Alt-Backspace) to fill this new blank layer with your sampled color. The color will fill your image area, hiding your photo, but don't worry. We'll be fine.
Step Four: While still in the Layers palette, change the blend mode of this color layer to Color. Voila! C'est finis!
Then I flattened the image.
On these photos, I also used the vignetting effect, which can be found here.
When doing the vignetting on a duotone photo, I used my eye-dropper sampler tool and chose the darkest color in the completed photo as my foreground color.
Have fun! And if you don't have Photoshop, I apologize for the content of this post. But I hope you enjoyed the photos, nonetheless!