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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In the previous movie, we looked at how we could convert this image to black and white. In this movie, we are going to look at how we can add some toning or some split toning to the image. What we are going to do is click in the tab here to open up the Split Toning options. Now, there are two sets of adjustments here, we have Highlights and Shadow. It's kind of interesting. What you can do is choose a Hue and then increase the Saturation amount. And here you can see I'm increasing the Hue or the color in the Highlights and those Highlights are now green. Or I can make them a little bit more warm and that looks pretty interesting, right? On the other hand, I also have Shadows and here again; I can choose a Hue and then increase the color Saturation for those Shadows. Now, when I do that's a little bit tricky, right, because I'm guessing what Hue I'm actually choosing.
So, lets say that what I want to do is choose a blue. I want to have this nice blue/yellow split tone look. So I'm going to go ahead and grab my slider, hold down the option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, that will then show me that particular Hue at 100%, you can see as I go through these different colors here, I can find exactly the blue that I want to work with, I can make it a little bit more cyan or I can make it a little bit more deep blue or a little bit more magenta. Okay I like that, let it go and then dial in my saturation amount, right. So I can use those controls in unison and then again I can continually modify my saturation until I find the nice sweet spot.
If I want to see the before and after, all I need to do is press the P key, that will show me the before and after of the controls that I have modified here and that's true for all the different tabs. This is a preview for the particular sliders you are working on. I can also modify the balance, I can have it swing one way, in this case swing more blue or I can have it swing the other way in this case and swing more yellow. And then of course, I can increase the saturation to find the ideal split tone image. Now, in my case once I see this particular adjustment, I say you know it's kind of visually interesting but it's not exactly what I'm looking for. So, I want to reset this. So I'm going to go ahead and double click my sliders that will then take them all back to their default settings and all right, now that they are back to normal and now that we know a little bit about how this works, let's say this time what we want to do is warm up the image a little bit.
So hold down the Option key on a Mac/ Alt key on a PC, I click and drag that slider and what I'm looking to find is nice yellows. So I don't want them to be green also I don't want them to be too red, I want them to be just nice and yellow, perfect. Increase my saturation just a touch there. And then for the Shadows again, hold down the Option key on a Mac/Alt key on a PC. I want to bring some orange into the Shadows, a little bit of Orange not quite yellow, a little bit more of a Sepia color there and then I'll increase that saturation amount. So, what I have done here is created this nice subtle kind of Sepia tone to the overall image, let's look at our before and after, before and after. So, keep in mind that you can use these Split Toning sliders for real subtle effect, you can also use them for real dramatic color effects. I also want you to keep in mind that although I have shown you how to do this to a black and white image, you can apply split toning to a color image as well, with some really interesting and creative results.
Finally, one of the things that you may want to do is once you found your color that you like, experiment with the saturation amounts. And a lot of times what I find is when I pull those back, the image will actually look better because the color is pretty exciting and so I'll crank up the color, but then sometimes I say you know what, you need to step back from that, pull that back a little bit. Now here is my before and after again, just a simple subtle warming to the overall image. And of course, the overall amount of the color saturation that you apply will be contingent upon the type of effect that you are trying to create. Well, all right that wraps up our conversation about split toning.
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