There are many reasons why you would want to make a monochromatic version of an image – some reasons may be that the color scheme of a selected photo doesn’t work with the other colors of a layout, or that the layout itself is intended to work with just one color as well as black and white. This tutorial will use the gradient map adjustment layer to create a monochromatic image and provide a lot of flexibility for any further adjustments.
2. Next, make a brightness and contrast adjustment layer. I’m not making adjustments to this yet as I’m not sure what the resulting image will look like, its just here as an insurance policy.
3. Make a Gradient Map adjustment layer. The gradient map uses a gradient and remaps Darks and Lights to the corresponding color in the gradient. Darks are on the
4. Click on the gradient thumbnail to make adjustments to the gradient. We’ll start off making a two-color gradient that goes from a color to white. For the color, double-click on the left-hand color stop and use the following
5. This is certainly usable but because the color component is bright it makes the image slightly difficult to look at, we’ll add another color stop to give the image some shadow-tone. Hold down ALT/OPT and click on the left color stop and drag a copy to the center. Then,
6. This version gives the image a lot more depth and still works within the mono-chromatic color palette. To make the shadows and highlights a little less harsh we will add our base color to the dark and light color sliders. Select the black color stop (click only once to select it) and move the cursor over the gradient ramp and select a transitional color between black and the middle color stop – this will assign the selected color to the color stop. Do the same for the right-hand side – select the white color stop and use the eyedropper to select a transitional color between the middle and the white point. Click OK. If you want to redo your selection, change the left stop back to black and the right to white and make a new selection.
7. Make any final adjustments using the Brightness and Contrast Adjustment Layer