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In this Photoshop for Designers course, Nigel French focuses on the tools and features in Photoshop designed for choosing, applying, and editing color. The course looks at concepts such as the color wheel and color harmonies as well as the practicalities of using the Color Picker, leveraging the power of color channels, and the characteristics of different color modes in Photoshop. The course includes exercises on correcting color, enhancing color, shifting and replacing colors, working with spot color channels, hand coloring black and white images, and designing with a reduced color palette.
Split Toning is an effect similar to the effect that you can get using a Duotone. It's an effect which has its origins in the days of film and it involves tinting the highlights of the image of a Black & White image, in one color and the shadows in another. And the Camera RAW plug-in has its own Split Toning command. It's this one right here, but before we go to that, we need to convert this image to Grayscale. You can't use Spilt Toning on a colored image, but it's really design to be used with a Grayscale image.
So I am going to come to my HSL and Grayscale sliders and check Convert to Grayscale. And I am just going to go with the Grayscale that it gives me and then go to Split Toning, where we have got sliders for the highlights, sliders for the shadows, and a balance slider. So I choose the color that I want to apply to my highlight areas. And I am going to use a sort of blue color in the Highlights. And I am going to increase the Saturation of that and you can see that I am tinting my image with that blue color.
Now, I need to choose a color for my Shadows. So I am going to use the Hue that we start out with, the Red. I am going to increase the Saturation of that red. And you can see we begin to get this lovely -- well, no other way to describe it really, Split Toned effect, combining the blue and the red. And I can now just to finish it off, decide, do I want to swing the balance in favor of the shadows, in which case I move this slider to the left, and things become more red, or do I want the swing to balance in favor of the highlights, in which case I move it to the right, and I am going to go for the Highlights.
And I think Split Toning this image has really given a new lease of life. It was before just a fairly unmemorable street scene that's taken in Havana, but now I have this very nostalgic feel to it, as a consequence of the Split Toning effect.
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