Duotones in Photoshop
A Digital Publishing and Editing Seminar

April 25, 2009. 1 day $250
Enrollment limited to 10 people






  • Duotones on Press
  • The need for multi-color reproduction
  • Photoshop's Duotone Feature
  • Duotone Pre-sets
  • Duotone Set-up
  • Color & Tonal Control
  • Inks, Spectrophotometers, Overprints, Screen Display
  • Offset Reproduction and Duotones
  • Duotones and Desktop Printers
  • File Prep for Printing & Color Separations
  • Fine Image Editing with Duotone Controls

The Workshop

Duotone reproduction of black and white photographs by offset presses with multiple inks allow for a richer and more controllable ink density than is possible with a single ink. This Duotone reproduction technique has been used for decades to imitate the tonal range, beauty and color cast of printed black and white photographs. Steve was involved with the creation of the duotone feature in Photoshop in 1992, and wrote all of the sample curve pre-sets that ship with Photoshop to this day. Two commemorative posters by Stephen Johnson have been printed by Adobe to promote the Duotone feature. This seminar examines the use of the feature for pre-press, custom inkjet inksets and as a color tinting tool.


Stephen Johnson
A photographer, teacher and designer, Stephen has been teaching and working in photography since 1977. His books include At Mono Lake, the critically acclaimed The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland and Making a Digital Book. He runs his own photography, publishing and design company--scanning and preparing his photographic books using a Macintosh computer and now photographing in the field with digital view cameras.
Current projects include With a New Eye, his groundbreaking and historic all digital national parks project.

Stephen's work in digital photography, desktop color separations and digital imaging has included software and product development for clients such as Apple, Adobe, Eastman Kodak, Leaf, Ricoh and SuperMac. His work with Adobe includes the creation of the duotone curves shipped with their Photoshop software. Photographic clients have included the Ansel Adams Publishing Trust, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Friends of Photography. Johnson's photographs have been widely published and collected internationally.

1996 photo by Jeff Schewe

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To Register
Registration fee must be paid in full to secure a spot in the class.

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Overnight accommodations in Pacifica.

This workshop is financially dependent on adequate class registration. Where minimum enrollment requirements are not met, the class will be canceled, and a full refund given. You will be notified at least one week in advance if a workshop is not going to take place. Student initiated cancellations received prior to one week before the workshop will receive a full refund, a 50% refund will be given for notice received during the week immediately prior to the workshop.


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