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Photoshop – Easy Vintage Color Toning with Gradient Maps

Ever wanted to do a “cross-processed” or vintage film look easily in Photoshop?

Using the Gradient Map adjustment tool isn’t only for converting colored images to black and white (well, in case you didn’t know you can convert color images to monochrome using Gradient Map before, now you know – a bonus!), this powerful adjustment tool can also do color toning effects with ease!

We’ll use this image for this lesson:

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1) Create a Gradient Map adjustment layer by using Layer >> New Adjustment Layer >> Gradient Map.

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2) You’ll now have a Gradient Map adjustment layer on top of your Background layer.

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Click on the next page to see what you have to do with the gradient map.

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