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Learn how to use split tone sliders in Camera Raw 4.0.
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Once you've got your image converted to grayscale and you've fine-tuned it using the new HSL/Grayscale Sliders inside of Camera Raw, you might decide that you want to introduce some color back into the image, and with Camera Raw's new Split Toning features, it allows you to do just that in an amazing way.
So I am going to go ahead and come up here and click on the Split Tone Sliders icon, and when I do that, I jump into this pane right here that is going to allow me to introduce specific tones into separate areas of my image. For instance, I could pick a Hue and introduce it into the Highlights, and then also pick a Hue for the Shadows and increase the value of color in there as well. So you'll have two different tones in the image, and you can really get some awesome special effects by using these Sliders. Then, at the very end, when you want to balance it out, you can use this Balance Slider in order to control the amount of Highlight tone or Shadow tone that you see in the image.
So let's go ahead and pick some values here. For this particular image, I think I am going to move my Hue Slider into the blues. So I am going to select a Hue of about 225. Now, you'll notice when I do that, you don't actually see a live preview on the image itself, and that's because I have the Saturation turned down to 0, and it's set like that by default.
Now, if you want to see exactly what Hue you are on up here, all you have to do is hold down the Option key on Mac, the Alt key on PC, and drag it around, and you'll get an automatic 100% saturation preview. So this just allows you to see exactly where you are in the color spectrum when you are selecting your Hue.
So I am going to go ahead and move this back to about 225, and now I can actually come down here to the Saturation Slider and start to control the amount of Blue that you see in this image. So I am actually going to push this up somewhere in the range of about 35. Once I do that, you see we've got a pretty nice little blue cast in our highlight areas.
Now, you don't really see the true effect because we haven't introduced a hue into the shadows. So let's go ahead and do that now. When I come down here to the Shadows, I can go ahead and start to introduce color into the shadows by doing the exact same thing I did in the Highlights. Remember to use that Option or Alt key, so you can get that full saturated preview, when you are picking your hue.
I am going to go ahead and back this down and choose a nice reddish-orange Hue of about 35. Now, I am also going to take my Saturation up to about 40. Now, you'll notice, when I push this up to 40, that I am getting a really interesting looking tone here on this image, because we've got the Blue up here and then we've got that kind of orangey-red introduced in the Shadow. So it's just creating a pretty nice little effect here.
Now, one thing we can do to kind of fine-tune this and to certainly finish it off, and make it into a really interesting image is control the balance. So if I want more of that Shadow tone to be prominent in this image, I can just go ahead and take this Slider and start moving it a little bit to the left. Once I do that, you'll see that the tone of the Shadows begins to overtake the image. So you won't see as much blue, but now you are getting that nice little orangey red type cast, and it's almost like a sepia tone image in a way.
Now, if I want to introduce more of the highlight hue into this image, I can just take this Slider and start dragging it to the right, and you should notice that the Blue tone should start to overtake the orangey-red color that we had in the Shadows. Now, I will throw out kind of a warning here, if you are using a Blue tone especially in the highlight portions of your image, you will, if you push the Balance up too far, start to see a great deal of noise in the image.
Now, this can be kind of a hindrance and it's also really ugly to look at. So you really don't want to push that Blue all the way up like I have done here. So a good even balance is probably a good place to stop on this particular image because now we've reduced that noise in the image, and we've got a pretty decent effect on the overall image itself. So now that we've completed this, you should know how to easily introduce color back into your photographs using the Split Toning sliders here in Camera Raw.