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Trend Watch: Duotones

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Apply your favorite colors to photos, typography, and more! Learn about the colorful duotone trend below!

Trend Watch: Duotones

Duotones are two halftones applied to an image to bring out the highlights and middle tones of that work. And in digital art, we often see them as beautiful gradients superimposed onto photography for a lovely color effect.

Photoshop makes it incredibly easy these days to alter your photos with the colors of your choice. Choose a daring complementary scheme like orange and blue, or stick to a monochromatic feel with amazing shades of green.

Today, we'll explore the super popular duotone trend. Let's take a look at its key features and a few of our favorite resources!

20 Summer Duotone Photoshop Actions
20 Summer Duotone Photoshop Actions

What We Love About This Trend

Designers everywhere love duotones! Here are a few key features of this trend:

  • Beautiful color effects. There's no better way to add drama and impact to your photos than with an extraordinary color scheme. And you can recreate famous effects like the Spotify duotone effect for your own personal work.
  • Easy to manipulate. Creating a duotone effect is as easy as picking your favorite colors. Use Adjustment Layers like Gradient Maps or simple Layer Blend Modes to apply this effect in seconds. Check out the tutorials below to watch the process in action!
  • Eye-catching designs. The online world is already saturated with visually appealing content. That's why it's so important to remind yourself to keep it simple by focusing on color instead. Use duotone effects to create eye-catching material worthy of stopping your viewers in their tracks.

Fun Duotone Lessons

Duotones are much easier to create than you think! Learn incredible ways to bring out more color in your work from our experts. Check out these fun lessons below!

Spotify Duotone Template

Recreate the famous Spotify duotone color scheme with this phenomenal Photoshop template. A cool color pack with seven duotone effects included, this set of templates works best with high-resolution images. It's well organized for easy customization and works best in Photoshop CS6 or higher.

Spotify Duotone Template

125 Duotone Color Effects Template

Duotone color effects come with many amazing palettes. This pack includes 125 high-quality photo effects available as a super convenient Photoshop template. Enjoy a stunning selection of premium color tones suitable for photos, typography, and posters!

125 Duotone Color Effects Template

30 Duotone Facebook Promotion Banners

With new algorithms every season, it's getting harder to make an impact online. That's why this pack of 30 duotone promotional banners is great for boosting your sales and engagement! Explore 30 creative layouts that are fully editable in Adobe Photoshop.

30 Duotone Facebook Promotion Banners

Duotone Trifold Template

Incorporate awesome trends like duotone effects into your business material! This brilliant trifold template features a striking minimalist aesthetic with eight total files. Use it for any business project and get help fast with the easy-to-follow instructional guide also included!

Duotone Trifold Template

Duotone Double Exposures

Double exposures are another popular trend which merges two photos together for a seamless blend. Get creative with your compositions with this duotone double exposure set! Just load two of your favorite photos and then press play to enjoy the amazing duotone color effects.

Duotone Double Exposures

House Music - CD Cover Artwork Template

Album covers are one of the best ways to test out your design skills. And this house music template is set up with amazing high-quality elements. Featuring print-ready templates that are easy to customize, this pack includes four Photoshop files with five premade color options.

House Music - CD Cover Artwork Template

Motion - Minimal Party Flyer

Get the party in motion with this luxurious minimal flyer. A multipurpose template suitable for any music category, this flyer features a stunning duotone color scheme with simplistic text and details. Update it fast for your next party event to get the most out of this prepackaged suite!

Motion - Minimal Party Flyer

Duotone Geometric Shapes

Take advantage of this awesome trend to make incredible geometric compositions. This duotone package features one Photoshop file with beautiful geometric elements prepared for text and logo layers. Simply drag and drop your work into the easy-to-use smart objects to enjoy this effect fast.

Duotone Geometric Shapes

Minimal Sound Party Flyer

Stylish party flyers incorporate the best trends around. This fantastic minimal sound pack includes an awesome bundle of three chill party flyers. Get access to three standard-sized party flyers along with a super helpful web banner and unlimited color variations.

Minimal Sound Party Flyer

Duotone Photoshop Action

The right gradient combination can really pack a punch to your artwork. Check out this duotone Photoshop action package, for instance. Preview 25 different color scripts with phenomenal combinations for draw-dropping photos. You'll love this set!

Duotone Photoshop Action

Psychedelic Backgrounds

Create insanely awesome compositions with this pack of psychedelic backgrounds. A professional suite of 24 duotone images, these images vary in style, color, and texture. Mix and match these backgrounds with your favorite geometric elements for a modern look!

Psychedelic Backgrounds

50 Duotone Actions

Customize all your photos with vibrant duotone effects! This pack of Photoshop actions includes 50 incredible color schemes for professional results. A handy instructional file is also included to make life so much easier! Give it a try!

50 Duotone Actions

Minimal Duotone Poster

Duotone effects can also help posters pop with exciting colors! This minimal poster design features a relaxed aesthetic with three pre-made color options to choose from. Enjoy a vibrant yellow, purple, or blue color scheme for your next event. Download it today!

Minimal Duotone Poster

11 Duotone Watercolor Backgrounds

Add texture to your Facebook covers or album artwork with this set of duotone backgrounds. Featuring a watercolor design with realistic paint finishes, this set includes 11 high-resolution jpegs to choose from. Simply drag and drop them into your next project to make the most out of this set!

11 Duotone Watercolor Backgrounds

Sprayed Duotone Backgrounds

Create eye-catching content with this pack of sprayed duotone backgrounds. A selection of 10 high-quality backgrounds featuring different colors and tones, this pack of images can be used as wallpapers for nearly any device. Test them out with your designs for a cool grunge edge!

Sprayed Duotone Backgrounds

DJ / Music Facebook Cover

Suitable for any business, this music-themed Facebook cover is especially great for DJs and party promoters. A clean and professional template, this design features a chill duotone vibe with simple geometric shapes. Boost your follower count with this amazing download!

DJ  Music Facebook Cover

50 Duotone Instagram Banners

Make your sales and promotions count! This pack of promotional Instagram banners includes 50 dynamic layouts for professional and creative designs. They're easily adaptable to your images and fun to customize too! So try them out for your next marketing campaign!

50 Duotone Instagram Banners

Trap Show - CD Cover Artwork Template

Whether you're launching a new album or the best podcast around, try a creative album cover like this one! This template features a cool city vibe with easily adjustable elements you can customize in no time. Try unlimited color variations dependent on your favorite gradient color choices!

Trap Show - CD Cover Artwork Template

Duotone Photoshop Action Pack

Avoid the hassle of custom duotone design with a Photoshop action pack! This download includes 25 color variations for a professional visual result. Apply these duotones with one simple click for a much better workflow! Test them out on your photos today!

Duotone Photoshop Action Pack

DJ Facebook Cover V2

Show the world you're the hottest DJ in town with this pack of stylish Facebook covers. Featuring eight premium layouts with high-quality graphics, this download will help any musician stand out. Enjoy clean and professional artworks using the latest trends in design.

Dj Facebook Cover V2

Gradient Sky Backgrounds

Great for wallpapers, phone cases, flyers, or websites, this pack of gradient sky backgrounds is both appealing and relaxing. Included in this suite are 10 high-quality images you can easily insert into any design. Show off your favorite combinations in the comments!

Gradient Sky Backgrounds

Faded Duotone Photoshop Actions

Add subtle duotone colors to your work with this premium set of faded Photoshop actions. Featuring 20 high-quality duotones with amazing color values, this pack is sure to make your photography pop! Enjoy one-click actions to transform your album covers or profile pictures!

Faded Duotone Photoshop Actions

Indie Festival Poster

Promote your next indie event with style! Ideal for beginners to poster design, this template features an abstract duotone design with a unique retro feel. A print-ready file set with only free fonts, this template can be easily customized in Adobe Photoshop.

Indie Festival Poster

35 Duotone Effects

Our designers know that Photoshop is sometimes hard to follow. That's why this set of duotone layers includes an easy-to-follow tutorial to bring the best colors out of your work. Enjoy 35 different color presets you can partner with almost any image.

35 Duotone Effects

Indie Fest Poster

Here's another great festival poster we're sure you'll love. Featuring a unique design that slightly distorts your photos, this template includes several duotone effects you can mix and match to your brand. Enjoy print-ready files available in standard industry formats.

Indie Fest Poster

Show Us Your Duotone Designs!

If you're as fond of the duotone trend as we are, show us your work! Post a result showing us how your duotone designs and let us know your favorite styles and color combos in the comments below.

Need a custom design instead? Enlist the help of the talented folks at Envato Studio for gorgeous duotone photos and more.

This has been a collection of tutorials and premium resources perfect for the avid designer. For more trendy duotone assets, check out Envato Market and Envato Elements. Happy designing!

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