Toning in Photoshop retro style photo

Photoshop features unlimited, however, some of them are quite well hidden. One of them is the effect of photo toning in the settings. Gradient Map (Gradient Map), which includes a set of tonal effects in retro style.

And in this tutorial, a Tigz Rice photographer will show you where to find how to apply and customize photo effects to visually enhance your shots. As a working material, we will use a photo of a model Joanna Woodward in a suit from Agent Provocateur.

Move the slider in the photo to see the difference between “Before” and “After”.

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Step 1

Open a working photo in Photoshop and perform all the necessary retouching.

Tip: on our site you will find many free lessons on photo retouching.

Step 2

Go to the panel Adjustment (Correction) and select the effect Gradient Map (Gradient Map), which is in the bottom row.

If you do not have this panel, then go Window – Adjustments (Window – Correction).

Step 3

Pressing the button Gradient Map (Gradient Map), the photo is automatically filled with a gradient. This is usually a black and white gradient or from foreground color to background color.

Step 4

If you click on the gradient bar in the settings panel, the list of available Photoshop gradients opens.

Step 5

To load other gradients, click on the gear symbol in the settings window Gradient Map (Gradient map) and at the very bottom of the list choose Photographic Toning (Photographic toning).

In the dialog box that opens, press the button Append (Add) to add new gradients to the list, not to replace them.

Step 6

In the list of available gradients, you will find many new effects that can be applied to photos, including fills, ideal for sepia or blueprint.

The effect will be quite sharp, but then we set it up.

Step 7

Below in the list of gradients we find Sepia Selenium 2 (Sepia – Selenium 2) and select it. It will add warm shades in the photo, which will contrast with the original color palette.

Step 8

Like regular gradients, gradient maps can also be customized. To do this, click on the color bar in the settings window to open a special editor.

As a result, a window will open in which you can change everything from the color of the gradient to the blending settings.

Step 9

After adjusting the gradient, go back to the layers panel and lower the opacity of the gradient map to adjust the effect saturation. In this example, I reduced Opacity (opacity) up to 40%.

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