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If your printing specifications don't require limiting your use of color in this manner, you can create "fake" duotones without worrying about specifying inks and so forth. See the tip "Creating Fake Duotones" in Chapter 9 for more information.

To convert a color image to a duotone, open the image in Photoshop and follow these steps:

1. Select Image I Mode I Grayscale.

2. Click OK when the dialog box asks you if you would like to "Discard Color Information?" (Only 8-bit grayscale images can be converted to duotones.)

3. If you have layers you want to preserve, specify not to flatten when you are prompted.

4. Select Image I Mode I Duotone.

5. In the Duotone Options dialog box, click Preview to view the effects of the duotone settings on the image as you are adjusting it.

6. Click the Type button and select Monotone, Duotone, Tritone, or Quadtone, depending on how many colors you want to use.

7. To specify ink colors, click the color box (the solid square), and the Color Picker automatically pops up.

8. Click Custom to select an ink type. (Unless you and your printer have preselected a "special ink mix," I recommend using only specified ink mixes, not a miscellaneous color from the picker.) Notice that after you select a color and click OK, the ink name automatically appears in the color box next to the ink square.

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