Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Fine-tuning color with split toning, part of Lightroom: Creative Color.
- [Instructor] In this chapter, we'll take a look at how we can use our split toning controls in combination with our basic adjustments, in order to create some unique colors in our photographs. Sometimes these colors will be big, bold and strong, and other times a bit more quiet and subtle. Let's start off with an example where we really want to crank up the color with this photograph here, captured in Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is a beautiful, blue lake and the blue colors were lost in this sunrise moment, so I want to bring some of those back. So here we'll begin with the basic panel then finish it off with split toning.
In the basic panel, we can drag our temperature slider around. The only trouble is you can't really fine-tune the color you get there, so we'll just start off with a slight blue look there, drop my exposure down a little bit, looks a little overexposed, bring up some contrast, highlights, drop those down, bring a little more detail into those bright areas there, shadows, boost those a touch, and then blacks, we'll bring those down as well. Next, in presence, crank up some clarity, bring in a little vibrance, and a touch of saturation. Okay, well this is sort of our starting point, right, we went through the basic workflow, dragging our sliders around so that the image visually looks good or better or closer to what our vision is.
Yet still it's lacking, right, it isn't all the way there, so what we can do is once we've dialed in our basic settings, we can go down to split toning, and split toning's fascinating, what you can do is bring colors into your highlights or your shadows, you have two sets of controls here, let's say that we want our deeper, darker tones, our blues, to have more blue in them. We can drag the hue slider over to that area, of course we need to bring up our saturation to be able to see what color we're selecting, it's still kind of hard to find the right color, yet here's a nice secret, what you can do is press and hold the option key on a Mac, alt on Windows, and then drag the slider.
When you drag it around, when holding down option Mac alt Windows, it shows you the saturation at 100%, that way you can say you know what, it's not purple that I want, it's not that it's not cyan, it's this blue right here. Then, let go of option alt, and it will go back to whatever saturation you have. Perhaps I want to bring that up even a little bit more, and then of course we could fine-tune this here as needed. Next, in my highlights, I want to bring out some yellows there, so again, hold down option on Mac alt on Windows, and then find the yellows that I want to bring in, and then I'll bring in a little bit more of a yellow, so it takes on just a touch of a cross-process type of a look.
Now, after having done that, we'll want to go back to the basic panel and then maybe I need to drop down my vibrance perhaps, or my saturation, or change the temperature, so you can always fine-tune this after the fact, something like right there is what I had in mind. Of course with any color adjustments like this, it's subjective, it's about your own vision, but this is the type of color I had in mind, it has this nice feel about it, so let's look at our before and after with our split toning. If we go down here, we can see that it's the split toning which helped us to really just fine-tune that color, the basic panel got us started, and then with split toning we were able to finish this project off.
- Using the core color tools
- Changing a background color
- Painting in a new hair color
- Working on a landscape
- Fine-tuning color with split toning
- Working with the HSL controls
- Creating your own color presets
- Finding and managing third-party color presets
- Crafting unique color looks