Saving an Image Using Split Toning in Lightroom

Sometimes, you'll come home with an image that seems rather unremarkable, but when you play with it for a bit in Lightroom, it suddenly becomes something you hadn't envisioned when you first shot it. This great video will show you how to split toning saved an image.

Coming to you from James Brandon, this helpful tutorial will show you the power of split toning. If you've never heard of it before, split toning is the technique of adding different colors at different saturation levels to the shadows and highlights. It's probably my favorite technique: I always add a bit of green and blue to the shadows of my portraits and a smidgen of yellow to the highlights. It's a highly powerful tool as it can be used to gently enhance an image or to give it an entirely different feel. As you'll see, Brandon uses the technique to rescue a waves image that has been rendered nearly monochromatic from haze, turning it into a great final product. While this is a more extreme use of the technique, a more subtle amount of split toning can look great in a lot of images and will often be the thing that give them their signature look, so don't be afraid to start experimenting with it! 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Toning a Raw file is saving an image these day?

Thanks, I found this very informative and liked the changes done through split toning.