I recently tried Split toning for the first time and showed you the results in my Mangrove post.
Split Toning began in the darkroom, where tone was added to a grayscale images to produce warmth, depth and mood…different tones are able to be used for shadows and highlights. This effect is now is in the grasp of the Digital photographer with the magic of Lightroom, Photoshop and Aperture
A few days later, I have managed to have another little play around … now, I will admit that apart from texure work, layers, cloning and the odd dodge and burn, I never use photoshop – I find it laborious ..so I’m going to cheat on this one, and send you a link to a PS tutorial – I don’t have a Mac either – so here is a link for Mac users
I mainly use Lightroom …it is where I learnt to edit my RAW images when I started photography 3 years ago – and I love it’s simplicity, but great workability.
There are basically 3 stages to producing a Split Toned image.
First start with your original shot – I have chosen this particular photo as it has lots of different textures..the sea, sand and wood – and I wanted to see how each were affected by the changes to take place :
Next convert your image into Grayscale (Development page..right hand side at the top):
Now is the time to play ! You will find the Split Toning feature down the right hand side of the development page. Use the slider to work on your highlights, followed by low lights or shadows.
Personally, I feel the need to be subtle with the saturation ..a steady hand (or a sensitive mouse) is a must!
Here are 3 examples of different tones which can be achieved in minutes – however saturated with tones you want your photos to be, the result is smooth and seamless:
Experiment until you get the tones you want: