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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Create a Vibrant Duotone Action

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What You'll Be Creating

Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!

Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Duotone Action

One of the hottest trends around is the duotone photo effect. This effect changes your photo by making the color scheme only two colors. And you can create an easy Photoshop Action to apply your favorite Gradient Map to any photo. Browse the incredible selection of Photoshop Actions on GraphicRiver and Envato Elements to explore more color variations.

Learn how I create a quick duotone Photoshop action in this quick video below. 

How to Create a Duotone Photoshop Action

Open your photo in Photoshop. Here I'll be using this Woman Field Stock.

Woman Field Stock from Pixabay
Woman Field Stock

Bring up the Actions palette by going to Window > Actions. Create a New Set named "Duotone Action," and then create a New Action named "Green and Orange." When you're finished, hit the Record button to begin recording the next steps.

Create a Duotone Photoshop Action

Next, create a New Group for your Adjustment LayersGo to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map. Choose a Gradient from the Preset list, or create a custom one like this bluish-green #133444 and orange #fc993d Linear Gradient.

Orange and Green Gradient Map

To boost the contrast, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness and Contrast. Increase the Contrast to 60. When you're done, remember to hit the Stop button on the Actions palette to use this action for later photos.

Brightness and Contrast Adjustment Layer

Here is the final effect.

Duotone Photo Effect Photoshop Tutorial

And test out even more gradients to get impressive colors like the ones below.

Duotone Photo Effect Multiple Colors

Want to see this effect in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!

5 Premium Duotone Photoshop Actions

Love this result? You can get an even faster effect by checking out the amazing Duotone Photoshop Actions available on GraphicRiver and Envato Elements. Check out a few of our favorites below!

10+ Duotone Photoshop Effects

Create an effortless duotone effect with this collection of Photoshop actions. This set includes 10+ actions featuring a gorgeous selection of duotone photoshop effects. With just one click, you can achieve a magical effect for a non-destructive workflow. 

10 Duotone Photoshop Effects

100+ Duotone Actions

Can't get enough? Try this massive set of over 100 duotone actions for one low price! This set includes over 100 completely different duotone effects with trending color schemes. Explore various combinations for a beautiful, high-quality result.

100 Duotone Actions

Faded Duotone Photoshop Actions

Duotone effects can feature vibrant, matte, or faded colors. And this collection creates a subtle two-tone effect that is perfect for album covers, profile pictures, and so much more! Enjoy 20 high-quality Photoshop actions with an easy-to-follow help file for more instruction.

Faded Duotone Photoshop Actions

20 Summer Duotone Photoshop Actions

Celebrate that awesome time of the year when the weather is just perfect! This duotone set features summer-themed Photoshop actions with stunning, bold colors. Get your creative juices flowing with this amazing collection to transform your photos with just one click!

20 Summer Duotone Photoshop Actions

Duotone Photoshop Action Pack

Photoshop action packs are extraordinary resources for graphic designers. So why not add a little color to your resource kit with this delightful duotone actions pack? This set features 25 high-quality Photoshop actions for an exquisite, professional result.

Duotone Photoshop Action Pack

60 Seconds?!

This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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