Use split toning to give photos a new look

  Photoshop Camera Raw Split Toning panel is typically used for black-and-white images, but try it with colour too here are various ways to create split toning or cross-processed effects in Photoshop. One is to convert the image to black-and-white, then use a Color Balance adjustment. Another that I find effective is to apply a Gradient Map adjustment layer over a monochrome image, with its blend mode set to Color. The gradient doesnhave to go from dark to light; what counts are the hue and saturation values that are applied at each stage of the gradient. Try it! You may have noticed that you can use Camera Raw to convert images to black and white. In my view, Camera Raw Grayscale conversions have the edge over using the Black & White adjustment in Photoshop. This is because the slider controls are better thought out and the addition of the in-between colour sliders, such as Oranges and Aquas, makes it possible to target certain colours more precisely. After youused the HSL/Grayscale panel to convert a photograph to black-and-white, you can then use the Split Toning panel to colourise the image. These Split Toning controls are incredibly versatile, and bear in mind they can work equally well with non-Raw images. They can be just as useful when editing colour images, too. Here wesee how they can produce colour cross-processing effects with less hassle than the tools within Photoshop. Essentially, the Hue sliders allow you to independently set the hue colour for the highlights and the shadows, and the Saturation sliders let you adjust the saturation. The Balance slider can be used to adjust the balance between the highlight and shadow colours. Try experimenting with the Split Toning controls yourself. Remember, even if you donnormally use Camera Raw, it can handle JPEG and flattened TIFF images as well as Raw files.

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