Toning B&W Images

Most color printers print B&W images poorly. This can be resolved easily by toning the B&W images, essentially converting these into a color image. Some newer photographic printers are designed to print beautiful B&W images.

1 Ensure that the image is in RGB mode; select Image>Mode>RGB Color

2 Add a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer; select Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation; name this layer "Toning Layer".

3 Within the Hue/Saturation dialog, click on the colorize option in the lower right of the box. This converts the Hue/Saturation dialog box into a colorizing tool. Adjust the Hue for the desired color. Leave the saturation level at 25. Although this may make the colorizing effect seem too strong, the next step will reduce the effect and make a more realistic tone. Hit OK to accept the Toning layer.

4 Change the blending mode of the layer to make a more realistic tone to "Soft Light" and the opacity to about 50% for this layer. Experiment these adjustments to get the best overall look.

5 Print this image on your color inkjet printer. For slightly toned or moderately toned prints, the monitor will not be a very good judge of the final print tone; you will need to evaluate these prints based on the final printer prints, not from the monitor.

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