Erica Larson is a graphic artist, designer, and Associate Creative Director on the Adobe Studio team. Since joining Adobe she has discovered a fondness for illustration, volunteering, and teaching. She is happiest when making work at the intersection of all three.
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I provided my image file if you’d like to use it, or try these steps with your own. First, I added a Gradient Map adjustment layer (different from a regular gradient). This will let me map colors to the grayscale values, while preserving my original image.
In the Properties panel, I clicked on the different presets to see how each one affected the image. I chose the Violet, Orange gradient as a starting point.
I clicked the gradient to open the Gradient Editor. This preset has two color stops by default. I double-clicked on each of the color stops and chose a new color using the Color Picker.
To add a bit more range, I shifted the color stops and the Color Midpoint (the center diamond). Then I added two more color stops by clicking just below the gradient, and again selected from the Color Picker.
See how this dramatic, colorful effect can give any high-contrast, black-and-white image a bold new look.
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