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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can use our Split Toning panel in order to come up with some interesting toning effects on a black-and-white photograph. Well, to navigate to the Split Toning panel you can hover over this icon here which has two color bars and then click on that, or you can press a shortcut. On a Mac, it's Command+Option+5; on Windows, that's Ctrl+Alt+5. All right. Well, once you're here in the Split Toning panel, you can see we can work on our highlights or our shadows, adding a different Hue and Saturation of that Hue to either Highlights or Shadows.
We also have this Balance slider, which allows us to control which one is more dominant, either the Highlight or the Shadow Color. And a lot of times what we do here is we bring up our Saturation a bit, and then we go ahead and try to find a good color. It's really tricky to see what color we're working with because our Saturation is so low. We could of course crank this up, right, and then we can say okay, I'm working with a green there, or a yellow, or a blue, or whatever it is. You kind of have to be thinking there's got to be a better way, and there is. Well, if we bring our Saturation down to something lower, what you can do is you can hold down the Option key on Mac, Alt key on Windows and then click and drag on your Hue slider.
Now when you do that, it will show you the Hue at 100% Saturation, and it's just a quick little preview, so that you can find the exact right color that you want to use here. Let go of Option or Alt, and then it will take it back to whatever Saturation you've defined here in this Saturation slider. All right. Well, I found a nice Hue for my Highlights. What about my Shadows? Same thing. I'll bring my Saturation up a bit, and then I'll go ahead and hold down Option or Alt, and then click and drag. What I want to do here is find kind of a nice orangish color there. I like that.
Let go of Option or Alt, and that will then take me back to whatever Saturation I have now. In this case, we have this pretty compelling and interesting sepia tone look. Press the P key. There is before. Press the P key again, and there is after. So we can come up with some really subtle effects like Sepia Toning, or we can go for something a little more dramatic. Let's try another toning example on for Size. Well here I'll go ahead and modify my Hue and increase the Saturation. I want to have a nice yellow there in my Highlight and then for my Shadow Color, I am going to go ahead and choose a cool tone. Then I'm going to do a Split Toning effect, which is both warm and cool, and here you can see I can dial in this effect, controlling my overall Saturation amounts in order to get just the right aesthetic that I'm looking for.
Now in this case we have this pretty interesting equal mix of yellow and blue. Yellow in the Highlights, blue in the Shadows. Well if you ever want to shift the balance here, we can click on the Balance slider. Click and drag to the left, and we're going to see this is going to become predominately blue based on our Shadow Color. Click and drag to the right, and it will become predominately yellow, based on our highlight color. So sometimes what you can do is you can adjust the image so you have some Split Toning and then swing it one way or another, depending upon the desired effect that you're going for. All right.
Well the last thing that I want to highlight here is that if you ever want to reset any of these controls, you can, of course, simply double-click on the triangle icons, as we can do in other places inside of Camera Raw. That will then take those sliders back to their respective default settings.
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