The Levels adjustment layer can also be used for artistically tinting black and white photographs. Photographs that have a lot of light areas work best, such as this image of Tiffany Felisha:
Next, convert the photograph to black and white:
Add a Levels adjustment layer. I made two adjustments. On the Red pulldown menu, I set the black Output slider to 25, and on the Blue pulldown menu, I set the black Output slider to 61:
The tint is too strong for my taste, so the layer opacity of the Levels adjustment layer was reduced to 50%:
The image was then vignetted by adding a Curves adjustment layer, setting its blend mode to Multiply, and on the layer mask, painting over Tiffany with a large, soft, black Brush:
Tinting is often used in conjunction with textures to give a photograph a vintage look. The technique is easy, and because an adjustment layer is used, the file size is not increased by very much.