Add a sub­tle tone

George Cairns shows how tint­ing your shad­ows and high­lights us­ing dif­fer­ent colours can evoke dif­fer­ent moods and add im­pact

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Tint­ing your shad­ows and high­lights in dif­fer­ent colours us­ing Split Ton­ing can evoke dif­fer­ent moods and add im­pact to a scene

Land­scape pho­to­graphs shot on a dull day can lack im­pact due to drab colours and an ab­sence of con­trast. In­ter­est­ing de­tail can be lost in the mid­tones. But you can pro­duce some­thing much more strik­ing – a dra­matic high­con­trast split-toned im­age.

Mono­chrome photos can look very dra­matic, but by rein­tro­duc­ing a hint of colour into the scene you can evoke spe­cific moods – melan­choly blue, nos­tal­gic sepia – and add more va­ri­ety. This has been done since the ear­li­est days of pho­tog­ra­phy, though nowa­days soft­ware has re­placed com­plex chem­i­cal ton­ers, and you can be much more pre­cise with the tones you choose.

This is­sue, we’ll show you how to use Light­room’s Split Ton­ing panel to in­de­pen­dently tint a mono­chrome con­ver­sion’s shad­ows and the high­lights with two dis­tinct colours.


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