3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 8, 2013 11:03 AM by emil emil

    CMYK to Duotone

    Paul Stedman Level 1

      I have this image, which is CMYK, and need to create a (green and black) duotone.


      Could anyone walk me through the "best practice" steps that I need to take with this.

      I am not sure what PMS Screen Shot 2012-12-17 at 22.17.42.pnggreen I want at this stage.

        • 1. Re: CMYK to Duotone
          Paul Stedman Level 1


          • 2. Re: CMYK to Duotone
            Paul Stedman Level 1

            Can anyone help with this?

            I have my own ideas – but just would appreciate some guidance on the "best practices"

            • 3. Re: CMYK to Duotone
              emil emil Level 4

              Well, I don't know what is the best practice, but I would do it like this:

              Image > Duplicate and move the two windows next to each other to use one as a reference.

              Image > Mode > Grayscale

              Image > Mode > Duotone, and set the options similar to the screenshot below. Clicking on the color swatch gives you the picker when you move it over the reference RGB image so you can sample it to find the closest Pantone color match. Clicking on the curves gives you the the Duotone Curve ink editor. Click on the curves to add points and drag them up/down, clear the respective fields to remove points. I made a quick try but you can spend more time and mach better the color appearance and shading by fine tuning the curves and trying similar Pantone colors.


              To open the Duotone Options window again after closing it choose Image > Mode > Duotone  again. At the end after done, if you don't trust your printer for this you can split the duotone channels yourself by choosing Image > Mode > Mulitchanel. If you like you can also check Show Channels in Color in the Interface category of the Preference to visualize the printing passes in color when you display only one of the two channels in the Channels panel.


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