Split Toning Images in Adobe Lightroom

With this photograph, I used the split toning controls within Adobe Lightroom’s Develop Panel to make a different looking image.  I converted the image to black and white then used the split toning section to set the colours that I wanted to use to tone the image (a grey-blue for the shadows and a grey-gold for the highlights).  Using the sliders to tweak the hue and saturation of these tones, I was able to bring a subtle, metallic sheen to this monk’s skin.  I had this look in mind recently which has a very different feel from the original, colour image which has warm earthy tones.

Here is a more typical look that I like in my black and white work

In the original, the dust in air has warmed the light and given a glow to everything.

I like how you can use great light to create different versions of the same image.  I’m still not sure which one I prefer.  Colour is pretty consistently a main theme in my images but I like the glow and the slightly metallic look in the split toned edition.

3 responses

  1. Thanks for the article. I was recently interested in this topic. Very interesting and informative. I wish more such articles on this portal.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:20 am

  2. Chris… I really like the split tone look the best. Really creative, dramatic and it is a nice escape from the common (but quite photographic) orange robe look. Nice work.

    August 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm

  3. Mom & Dad

    I like #3 best, then #1, then #2. It is incredible how #1 is such a more compelling picture than #2. Anyways, that is what I think. Love Mom

    August 22, 2010 at 8:38 pm

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