04 Saturation value
I can do the same with the Saturation value, but this time I use the up/down keys on the keyboard. The saturation was a little weak, so I’ve tapped the up button to increase it from the original value (18%) up to a new value of 30%.
You can see the colour point has moved vertically upwards this time, and there’s a Saturation slider at the bottom of the panel which shows the new setting – adjusting this slider directly would have achieved the same result.
There’s one more thing. If you look at the sliders in the Split Toning panel, just visible to the right of the colour picker, you’ll see these have updated to show my new settings. You can use these sliders directly and not use the colour picker at all if you already know the values you need.
05 Highlight tone
Now I can do the same thing for the highlight toning. This time, I’ve picked a colour which is a little more yellow and less saturated. You can see this in the colour picker – it’s the colour point with the thicker white border (circled). The slightly greyed-out point just above and to the left is the colour I chose for the shadows.
By picking two colours close together (or the same), you create a single-tone effect, and to save yourself having to do this all over again next time, you can save it as a preset. In fact, Lightroom comes with a selection of Split Toning presets already.
06 Bigger splits
Here’s a much bigger split between the shadow and highlight tones – this is probably more like most people’s ideas of split toning. Not every combination of colours works well (!) and you may have to experiment a little to get an effect that works, but that’s the advantage of using the split tone colour picker – you can make changes just by clicking different colours and judging the effect visually.
07 Split-toned pictures
Here’s the split toning effect I produced in step 5. It’s really intended to be a sepia toning effect, which is why I made the two colours so similar. If you want to reproduce it, the colour values are:
Highlights: Hue 54, Saturation 20
Shadows: Hue 36, Saturation 30
And here are the values for my second split toning effect (step 6):
Highlights: Hue 50, Saturation 81
Shadows: Hue 228, Saturation 38
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