How to use image modes with Photoshop shapes Tutorial

Learn how to use the custom shapes with the image modes (Duotone, RGB CMYK etc) in Photoshop tutorial.

Image modes (duotone etc) and custom shapes

how to use image modes with custom shapes in Photoshop such as duotone and lab
  1. Photoshop and Image menu

  2. Mode

  3. Grayscale (to Duotone) or CMYK or 32bits per channel etc

  4. Add custom shape via the custom shape tool in Photoshop toolbar


You can add the vector artwork as a layer or pixel in RGB / CMYK / LAB etc. as well as duotone


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Duotone : duotoneDuotone can also be used. Does require an additional step.


For example, go to the Image menu and Mode and Grayscale and then go to the same menu and select duotone. Set type to duotone. Set inks such as blue and pink (give them names). Set duotone curve. OK. Simply select the CSH tool in the toolbar (found normally beneath the rectangle tool but now with the new toolbar customization this tool can be anywhere in the toolbar). Select pixel option and Set color and then draw the design


You will see the colors of the artwork never stray from the colors of the inks entered. Many of the adjustment layers and effects are not available unless you return back to RGB


Bitmap : bitmapUseful for interesting halftone etc effects with the vector designs. Firstly go to the grayscale and then go to the bitmap via the image menu. You can then select the resolution as well as the method such as halftone screen or pattern dither etc. Set the frequency, angle etc.


Have to say it does not work well with a single artwork. I would suggest adding multiple designs and adding blurs and other effects and then using the bitmap


CMYK : cmyk baublesYou can add the Photoshop custom shapes / vector layers and pixels to CMYK as well.


You can also select the individual channels of cyan and magenta etc and add the artworks to those as well as below where the baubles are added in different locations on the artboard.


Any number of vectors can be added to the artwork and the color of the vector can be the same or different in the individual channels. You can do the same in 8bit CMYK as well as 16bit CMYK


32 bit for super color : 32 bitYou can also add the Photoshop custom shapes to the artwork in RGB and 16bit and 32bit. You can add them as a layer as well as a pixel in 32bit (though not layers in the individual channels).


You can also use a selection of effects to combine with the shapes such as the color lookup adjustment.


HDR Toning : hdrWhen you convert back to standard RGB 8bit then HDR toning panel appears and then you can tweak the color conversion in numerous ways and create some very subtle color works as well as some truly extreme ones as well as blurry and smooth changes.


For example, select the 32 bits / channel option. Select the CSH tool in the toolbar and then select a preset from the presets panel and then set to layer option and set the content for the fill to a gradient and then select a gradient from the gradient dropdown. Layer menu and flatten and then go to 8bits / channel and then modify the color of the artwork by using the HDR toning dialog for many different color effects


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