Tag: Toning

Toning is a popular technique in black and white photography where a chemical tint is added as the print is being developed. Now, you can of course do the same thing digitally.

Sepia toning is popular for creating a vintage look, but selenium toning can add a richer, colder tone, while cyanotypes – strictly speaking, a different chemical process – have a much stronger blue tone.

Split toning is becoming popular too, where shadows (the darker parts of the picture) are given one tone and highlights (the brighter parts) another. Lightroom offers a Split Toning panel, for example.

With digital imaging, toning isn’t restricted to black and white. You can also add a tone, or a split tone, to colour images as an alternative to white balance or colour adjustments.



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