I am trying to achieve the color overlay effect on a image. I have tried Gradient Map, black and white, a new layer with fill color and reduced opacity. But none are giving the best result. What will be the best way to achieve this effect?
It's actually really quick to make something like this.
Open the file, Duplicate the layer so you have the original to fall back on. Create a layer underneath the image and fill it with black. Desaturate your image (Ctrl + Shift + U). Create a blank layer above and add a gradient that you want. I did the same colour as your example. Set the gradient layer to around 80% opacity. Set your image layer to around 50% opacity.
Hope this helps,
I created the following using Duotone.
Image > Mode > Greyscale (you image first needs to be monotone before you can play with Duotone
Image > Mode > Duotone
Select your darkest tone you want to see and name "the ink", copy and paste your colour value as you will need it later
Add a Levels layer, you adjust you "white" so that it becomes a much darker tone. Adjust until your lightest tone is as dark as you want
Add a colour fill layer over everything and use the blending mode overlay, adjust the opacity until you are happy
Image > Mode > RGB
When prompted to flatten, do so otherwise the colours change
You are done!
Try the various blend modes found here: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/blending-modes.html
Also, make sure your image has the proper contrast levels so any blend modes you use (e.g. Overlay) will display the best result.
Those are certainly options above, but I would think the "Colorize" option would be the easiest first step!
- Check the
Colorizebox, and play around with the settings!
- From there, if you need to do any other settings (low opacity color overlay, blurs, contrast changes, etc. etc), go for it.
My process may yield a more defined image than you might be looking for, but it is quick and simple if it helps at all!
Step 1) Create a new Layer Adjustment over your image (next to the folder icon on your layers window), pick the solid color option, pick a dark grey/blue color, and set the layer blending mode to color.
Step 2) Make the same layer from step 1, but instead of changing the blending mode, just lower the opacity to somewhere around 80%. Mine was set at 83%.
This allows you to play with the colors and add your own effects without destroying your original picture, cheers!