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Using the Split Toning tab

Using the Split Toning controls, you can apply one color tint, or tone, to the highlight areas of a photo and a different tint to the shadow areas. For the best results with this technique (and to mimic its traditional origins), convert the colors in your photo to grayscale first. We’ve gotten good results on photos of metallic objects, such as the antique car shown here. A


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A This is the original, full-color photo.

To apply a color tint to a grayscale version of a photo:

  1. Click the HSL/Grayscale tab, c0077-01.jpg then check Convert to Grayscale.
  2. Click the Basic tab, and adjust the exposure and contrast.
  3. Click the Split Toning tab.c0077-02.jpg
  4. Move both of the Saturation sliders approximately halfway across the bar to make it easier to judge the colors you will apply in the next step (don’t worry that the photo looks awful).
  5. Move the Highlights Hue slider to tint the highlights B and the Shadows Hue slider to tint the shadows.

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    B After converting the colors in the photo to grayscale, we used the Split Toning tab to tint the highlights with a brownish yellow hue.

  6. Readjust the Saturation value for each hue.
  7. Reduce the Balance setting to apply more of the Shadows tint to the entire photo, or increase it to apply more of the Highlights tint to the entire photo. C–D

    C Next, we tinted the shadows with blue, then moved the Balance slider to the right to favor the highlight color more.


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    D This is the final result of our Split Toning adjustments. Applying separate tints to the highlights and shadows accentuated the lines and graceful curves of this sleek antique.

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