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Split-toning

From: Foundations of Photography: Black and White

Video: Split-toning

In the last lesson we looked at toning, the process of applying a color tint to an image. We are going to look at a variation on that now called split toning, which is something that you can do in Camera Raw. Split Toning allows you to tone the highlights of an image one color and the shadows of an image another color and have them kind of blend together. So this is the trestle image that we looked at earlier. Before, I'd done all my edits in Photoshop. Here, I have kind of recreated the same edits in Camera Raw because I have to be in Camera Raw to do this Split Toning effect.

Split-toning

In the last lesson we looked at toning, the process of applying a color tint to an image. We are going to look at a variation on that now called split toning, which is something that you can do in Camera Raw. Split Toning allows you to tone the highlights of an image one color and the shadows of an image another color and have them kind of blend together. So this is the trestle image that we looked at earlier. Before, I'd done all my edits in Photoshop. Here, I have kind of recreated the same edits in Camera Raw because I have to be in Camera Raw to do this Split Toning effect.

So as you can see, I have already done a Convert to Grayscale. You can also see that because my image looks like it's in black and white. Anyway I've done a Convert to Grayscale, which you have to do to get Split Toning. The next tab over is the Split Toning tab, and it's got two different controls, one for letting me pick the color that I want the highlight toning to be, and the other to be the color that I want the shadow toning to be. So I am going to quickly go back and look at the color image. I kind of like the slight-blue sky and we've got warm down here. I think I might stick with the cool-to- warm thing here, although I don't know.

Maybe I am going to reverse that. But let's see what happens if we come over here and get more of the magenta color in the sky. That's kind of interesting, and notice it's picking up in the rails, which is not what was happening in my original color image. I was not actually getting any color in these highlight details down here or in these highlights over here. So I am not really just recreating the exact same color that was in the image, I am spreading that color through more of the image, which is kind of interesting. So what that's done is that's given me a tone in only the highlights. It might be that you just want to stop right there because you like the coolness of the shadows that we get here, but let's see what happens up if we warm up the shadows also.

I am going to keep this in the orange range and warm that up, and there is a lot of overlap here between the highlights and shadows, tonally, because even these highlights are pretty dark. Now the Balance slider lets me move more towards the shadows, which makes the image more orange, or more towards the highlights, which makes it more blue. So I can find the just the change that I like and if I want along the way, go back and change the tinting itself. So Split Toning is a very specialized, unique kind of an effect. It's roughly akin to duo tones in the print world if you've got any experience of that kind, and it can be a way of getting a nice stylized look that allows you to really control the mood of the image through color.

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Foundations of Photography: Black and White

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  1. 8m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 24s
    2. Why black and white?
      5m 12s
    3. Suggested prerequisites
      53s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 19m 43s
    1. Is it really black and white?
      1m 9s
    2. How gray corresponds to color
      4m 38s
    3. The medium of black and white
      3m 5s
    4. The vocabulary of black and white
      4m 46s
    5. The physiology of black and white
      2m 22s
    6. How a camera's image sensor captures an image
      3m 43s
  3. 32m 46s
    1. Preparing the camera
      3m 34s
    2. Light revisited
      6m 3s
    3. Seeing in black and white
      2m 21s
    4. Taking a black-and-white expedition
      1m 17s
    5. Finding and shooting a black-and-white image
      11m 14s
    6. Shooting a tone-based subject
      2m 0s
    7. Exposing for black and white
      6m 17s
  4. 1h 38m
    1. The nature of grayscale images
      3m 33s
    2. Converting to black and white using Photoshop CS4 or CS5
      6m 17s
    3. More about the Black & White dialog box
      3m 19s
    4. Converting to black and white using Black & White adjustment layers
      3m 55s
    5. Converting to black and white in Camera Raw
      4m 5s
    6. Making an advanced tonal correction
      17m 33s
    7. Doing more tonal corrections
      14m 6s
    8. Calming down highlights
      10m 4s
    9. Vignetting
      8m 58s
    10. The trestle images
      2m 39s
    11. Handling tricky skies
      2m 43s
    12. Doing a selective black-and-white conversion
      2m 23s
    13. Toning
      1m 19s
    14. Split-toning
      2m 19s
    15. High-key and low-key images
      2m 32s
    16. Diffusion
      4m 40s
    17. Using Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro 2 plug-in
      7m 46s
  5. 24m 14s
    1. Selecting a printer
      5m 17s
    2. Preparing the image for print
      8m 30s
    3. Configuring the Print dialog
      5m 9s
    4. Evaluating a print
      5m 18s
  6. 43s
    1. Goodbye
      43s

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