6.4. The Split Toning Pane

The Split Toning pane is often referred to as a black and white tone control tool or a special effects tool, as we'll see in the next chapter. But it can also be used to subtly tweak color in just the highlight or shadow areas and create a more pleasing looking image. Let's see how.

Here is a John Isaac shot of Adobe's Russell Brown being attacked by a roll of killer toilet paper. Figure 6-28 If we examine the roll of toilet paper closely with Lightroom's color sampler, we see it contains a lot of blue. (Place your cursor over the area you wish to measure. A RGB percentage readout will appear in the toolbar.) This blue cast is a result of the blue sky reflecting back to us via the white wrapping. (Color shifts like this are common in snow shots as well. Snow, while really white, can appear very blue because of the reflected sky.)

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If we try to remove the blue via HSL controls, all the blues in the image will be affected. Not a good idea. However, if we just work on the blues found in the highlights or bright areas of the image, we are in business. And that is what we can do with Lightroom's Split Toning pane.

Split Toning to Remove Cast in Highlight

The Split Toning pane gives you specific control over highlight or shadow areas. I find it useful to use Lightroom's Compare view to observe subtle changes when I use the Split Toning ...

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