Create monochromatic color in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we want to create a monochromatic color effect on the photo by using different tools in Photoshop.

Step 1: Add a Solid Color fill layer above the image

The easiest way to convert an image to monochromatic color is by using a Solid Color fill layer.
In the Layers panel, the original photo appears on the Background layer. Add a Solid Color fill layer above the image by clicking the New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon:

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Clicking the New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon.
And choosing Solid Color from the list:

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Step 2: Choose a main color from the Color Picker

The Color Picker opens, and the image is temporarily blocked by whichever color is currently selected. By default, it’s black:

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The selected color in the Color Picker blocks the image from view.
In the Color Picker, choose the color you want to use. At this point, we just need the hue (the main color). We’ll come back and adjust the saturation and brightness in a moment.I’ll choose a reddish-pink:
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Choosing a new color from the Color Picker.
Click OK to close the Color Picker, and now the new color blocks the image:Create monochromatic color

The color is selected, but the image is still blocked.

Step 3 : Change the fill layer’s blend mode to Color

Back in the Layers panel, the Solid Color fill layer sits above the Background layer.

To blend the color from the fill layer with the image below it, change the fill layer’s blend mode from Normal to Color:

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Changing the blend mode to Color.

The Color blend mode keeps the tonal (brightness) values of the image below but replaces the original colors with the color from the fill layer, creating the initial effect:

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Step 4: Re-open the Color Picker

The only problem, at least in my case, is that the saturation of the color is too strong, and it’s also too bright.

To fix that, re-open the Color Picker by double-clicking the fill layer’s color swatch in the Layers panel:

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Double-clicking the fill layer’s color swatch.

Step 5: Adjust the color’s saturation and brightness

And then adjust the saturation and brightness as needed.

I’ll lower the Saturation (the S value) to 30 percent and the Brightness (the B value) to 40 percent. Click OK when you’re done:

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Lowering the saturation and brightness of the color.

And with the saturation and brightness lowered, the effect is much more subtle:
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Lowering the saturation and brightness of the color.
In the Layers panel, you can toggle the effect on and off to compare it with the original photo by clicking the fill layer’s visibility icon:

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Use the visibility icon to turn the effect on and off.

And that’s the basics of how to convert an image to monochromatic color using a Solid Color fill layer in Photoshop!

Ultimately, you can Convert a photo to monochromatic color differently by using a few techniques and editing color.

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