How do you achieve this look:


  • I know we have duplicate questions here, but I couldn't find any. So here's a youtube link to a duotone tutorial: youtu.be/3SKii_OLrHs
    – Joonas
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 8:54

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Create the Background color and the Main Image layer. Click the Main Image layer thumbnail holding Cmd Mac or Ctrl Win to load the transparency selection and copy it.

Main Image

Make a Fill Color layer

Fill Color

Click the Fill Color layer mask holding Alt to see its content


With the selection active, paste


Cmd + I Mac or Ctrl + I Win to invert. Click the Color Fill thumbnail and hid the Main Image layer.


Click the mask and apply levels: reduce midtones increasing shadows and highlights


Work process

animated gif



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  • When i make a black Color Fill the selection disappears and when i paste the image into the selected mask it just makes another layer including the picture.
    – mrcl_lxwen
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 10:24
  • Still, this happens imgur.com/a/UuL71bK
    – mrcl_lxwen
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 10:35
  • Answer updated with animated work process
    – user120647
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 11:22

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