When printed in a CMYK publication, grayscale photos look much better if you create the gray from all four CMYK inks. The result has a much wider tonal range than a simple grayscale image, because it has all four inks to make halftone dots. The easiest way to get a successful quadtone is to use Adobe’s presets in Photoshop.
In Photoshop, choose Mode> Duotone. Then choose Quadtone and click the Load button. Navigate to the Photoshop application folder, and within it: Presets/Duotone/Quadtone/Process Quadtones. Then choose among the presets: CMYK cool, very cool, neutral, wm, very wm, or ext wm.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.