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20 Videos (1h 45m)
    • Introduction & Overview

    • Why and What to Duotone

    • Setting up the Workspace for Efficient Workflow

    • Black & White Adjustments

    • Adjusting Contrast Using Curves

    • Cutting Images Out of Their Backgrounds

    • Sourcing Colours

    • Collating Colours in Photoshop

    • Creating Your Own Colour Schemes

    • Duotoning Images with Gradient Maps

    • Introduction to Choosing Colours for Duotones

    • Creating Modern Duotone Looks

    • Imitating Classic Photographic Looks

    • Toning Images with Gradients

    • Toning Cut-outs & Separate Backgrounds

    • Toning Collages & Overlapping Images

    • Managing Gradient Presets

    • Creating Actions to Optimise Workflow

    • Saving & Converting Duotones for Web & Print

    • Ideas for Further Development & Conclusion


About This Class

Level up your toning skills and create your very best duotones yet with our in-depth guide to creating trendy duotones in different moods.


Duotones and gradient overlays are everywhere now, and to make them look just right it takes a little bit of practice and some skill. It is more than just slapping a gradient map over an image! Besides the use of duotones in photography, duotoning is a powerful colouring technique which can be used to bring to life black & white designs, illustrations or sketches, or simplify and make more graphic originally full-colour images.

I am Evgeniya Righini-Brand, and for this class I put together my skills and experience as both graphic designer and photographer, to step-by-step walk you through the process of creating eye-catching trendy duotones in Photoshop.

In this class I'll show:

  • how to prepare images to make them pop when they are toned;
  • where to look for colour inspiration and how to pair colours to create different looks of both modern trendy and classic photographic toning;
  • how to apply duotones and gradient overlays to any types of individual images or multi-image compositions;
  • how to optimise your workflow by managing presets and creating and using toning actions;
  • and how to prepare your images for web and print using both process and spot colours.

At the end I’ll also share a few tips for taking your duotones further.

This class is for graphic and web designers, illustrators and photographers who are looking to add an edge to their work and make a statement through the trendy graphic look and use of exciting colour combinations. Whether you want to create your very first duotone image or perfect your toning skills and workflow, this is the class for you!


For the first 3 weeks of this class we’ll be running a special contest: we’ll be giving away 3 Duotoning Photoshop Kits containing toning presets and actions, and one lucky winner will also get a 1 year Skillshare Premium Membership. All you need to do to enter is create a project in this class and share your gradient experiments before Monday, 3rd July 2017.

I’m super excited to see your duotones! Join now and let’s make something awesome!



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144 of 149 students recommendSee All

Love this course! Thanks for all this knowledge!
Great class on Duotones!
Chock full of tips and techniques. I'll probably give it another go to refresh my skills!





Evgeniya & Dominic Righini-Brand

Graphic Design & Photography

We are Dominic & Evgeniya Righini-Brand, a creative couple specialising in graphic design and photography. Our small studio Attitude Creative is run from a cute garden house hidden away in the middle of England.

We have 5 years of university teaching experience each, and we would love to share with you what we are passionate about and what we have learnt from teaching communication design and photography students over the years.

For more information about our graphic design side please visit and to see what we are up to day to day check us out on Facebook and Instagram. You can also have a look at our photographic portolio at