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Recreating Effect - tonal photo


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New to photoshop and looking to recreate images like the one attached.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated :)


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Go to the half moon icon at the bottom of the layers panel.
Select a Gradient Map adjustment layer.
Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 7.42.41 PM.png

A Gradient Map adjustment layer will appear in the layers Panel above the image you wish to alter.
Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 7.42.31 PM.png

Double click the the Gradient Map adjustment layers thumbnail (on left).
This will open the properties panel for the Gradient Map.
Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 7.42.26 PM.png

Next, click on the gradient to edit.
The gradient editor will open and you can make the gradient any color you wish.
Adjust the gradients color midpoint to your liking.
Also, note that I reversed the gradient.
Close the gradient editor when done.

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 7.41.45 PM.png

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 7.42.01 PM.png
As is usual in Photoshop, there are several other ways this can be done. For example, you could (a) use the duotone feature in PS (Google it), or (b) you could put a B&W adjustment layer, and then a purple color layer above the image, set the layer blend mode to "color", and adjust the blend_If sliders to predominantly recolor the darker areas of the image, etc. etc.

In all of these methods (including the gradient map method), don't assume one single technique will get you exactly what you want. For example, one often needs to first adjust the brightness and contrast of a image before you re-color it.

Tom M