I’ve been thinking about the Split Toning panel in Adobe Lightroom and was wondering if I could make a color photo look as good as I made the black and white one look in my last post. I obviously don’t want to create any type of sepia toning on a colored photo, although I could if I converted it to black and white first. What I think I’m more interested in is simple enhancement. Basically, can I make the existing colors in the photo pop? Can I bring out the primary elements? Can I just make things look better? I suppose we’ll see.
In today’s post, I’m going to make a few adjustments to a color photo using the Split Toning panel in Adobe Lightroom. As you just saw in my previous post, working in this panel is very straightforward. There are only five sliders to choose from. Of course, I’ll likely want to make additional adjustments in the Basic panel as well, just to spice things up, but my main focus today is on the Split Toning itself.
Today’s Demo Image
I wanted to find an image that already included some really great colors that were somewhat hidden. More simply put, I wanted to find a photo with potential. I think I did that.
Making the Split Toning Adjustments
To save time, I think I’ll just go ahead and make all the adjustments in the Split Toning panel at once and then just show you a screenshot of those adjustments.
For the Highlights, I set the Hue value to 5 and the Saturation value to 60. For the Shadows, I set the Hue value to 185 and the Saturation value to 25. For the Balance, since I wanted more reds than blues to be included, I set the value to +15.
I think I got a pretty decent result. I definitely woke up the colors.
The thing is, the image still looks sort of dull. I’d like to add a bit of contrast to it. I’ll do that next.
Making Adjustments in the Basic Panel
For the adjustments in the Basic panel, I set the Contrast to +20, Blacks to -30, Clarity to +20, Dehaze to +15 and Vibrance to +15. As you can see, I didn’t move many sliders, but the effect I got was exactly what I wanted. Darker darks.
And here’s the final image.
Isn’t that much better?
I know this post was quick, but since I just wrote one that talked about the Split Toning panel in general, I felt that I could skip some material. I wanted to get to the meat of things. I guess the answer to my questions are yes, the Split Toning panel in Adobe Lightroom can really do a great job at enhancing a color photograph. It’s easier than I thought and the results were outstanding. If you have any questions regarding this post, please let me know in the comment area below. Thanks for reading!