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How to turn Images to One Color {Photoshop tip}

It’s been a while since I posted a photo tip, and this is also a Decorating with Pictures idea!  I’m so excited to share How to turn Images into One Color in Photoshop. It’s a very artistic twist for pictures, and I love how this turned out. I shared the image below on my Girls Fancy Room Makeover, and my girls think it is so fun!


Since I already had my Fancy Gallery Wall in my girls room, I wanted a few more pictures up from that shoot, but more subtle. Above their headboard provided just the spot for 3 white frames and pictures, so I decided to turn each image into just one color for a splash of ARTSY mixed into the scene.


In Photoshop, I’m often using the Color Value. When I pull up a color, there is a code at the bottom of my pop up that describes the specific color that I can grab and use when needed. I had specific color shades that I wanted to use for my images, so I took my eye dropper color picker in photoshop and “grabbed” the colors from images I’d taken in the girls room: teal blue, purple, and lime green.


Once I had my preferred colors, this is how I made my art:

  • Step 1: Open up your image and convert to grayscale by going Image>Mode>Grayscale.
  • Step 2: Go to Image>Mode>Duotone
  • Step 3: In Duotone, choose “monotone” under the dropdown menu.
  • Step 4: click the color swatch for the color you want to use (or I copy the exact color code I want into the box). It generally starts off black.
  • Step 5: Once you’ve selected your color, you have converted your color to a pantone color
  • Step 6: Now this type of file doesn’t save as a .jpg, so you have to go over to Image>Mode>RGB color
  • Step 6: File>Save as and rename the file

Here is a screen shot of step 1


Step 2:

screenshot grayscale tone

Step 4


I printed my image on cardstock on my home printer, but you can also print at a photo lab.

I LOVE how this turned out! Not wanting to ding the pink planked wall too much, I used Command Strips to stick ‘em to the wall.

I only use photoshop, so if someone makes a tutorial for picmonkey or another software, let me know and I’ll link it up.

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Kristen Duke

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  1. This is such a cool effect! Thanks for showing us how to do it!
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  2. Ouhhh that’s awesome, I can think of a few ideas to make for the kids rooms with this! Thanks for sharing Kristen!
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  3. i’ve got a picture that is screaming for this treatment! thanks for the how to!

  4. i love how these turned out! they look great in the room. too fun. :)

  5. Hey Kristen,
    Love the articles!
    Only thing is, how is this technique different from either adding a gradient map to a photo, or just adding a solid color on top of the photo and adjusting it with opacity?

    I tried your technique and it didn’t look that different then the techniques above, I could be wrong though.

    Thank you :)


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