Jul
13

How to add a split toning effect in Photoshop

by
Matt Bennett

Split toning is a really effective way of adding tonal interest to your images


Before
Before
After
After

Split toning is a really effective way of adding tonal interest to your images, and it’s really easy and fun to do.

First off, you’ll need to create a Color Balance adjustment layer.

Color Balance adjustment layer
Color Balance adjustment layer

Firstly, select Shadows from the Tone menu at the top of the Color Balance dialogue box and then drag the relevant sliders towards Cyan and Blue in order to cool the Shadows within the image.

Cool the shadows
Cool the shadows

Now, it’s time to create a second Color Balance adjustment layer. Select Highlights this time and drag the relevant sliders towards Red and Yellow. If you wish, you can do the same for the Midtones.

Warm the highlights
Warm the highlights

As a final touch, double click in the space next to where it says Color Balance 2 and the Layer Style/Blending Options box will appear.

On the ‘This Layer’ slider, go to the black triangle, hold the alt key down, and drag the second half of the triangle to around 2/3 of the way along the slider. Drag the first half of the triangle, which should have been left behind, to around 1/3 of the way along the slider.

Layer Style
Layer Style
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    • http://duncansebastian.wordpress.com Sebastian Boatca

      Quick and nice.

    • Antoniette DiFillipo

      Thank you…very helpful.

    • Cadie Fenton

      This is really helpful for me. Thank you so much.
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