Photoshop: The split-toning effect
You might have seen this effect:
It has become pretty easy to do in something like Adobe Lightroom. But – if you’re interested in the manual process, here’s one way of doing it:
- Convert an image to B&W using your preferred method (desaturate or channel-mixer or other)
- Duplicate layer (CTRL-J), use smart-sharpening filter (optional)
- Flatten (SHIFT-CTRL-E)
- Add a Colour Balance layer adjustment, select SHADOWS -> Move the yellow-blue sllider to the right. Move the cyan-red slider to the left.
- Add another colour balance layer adjustment, select HIGHLIGHTS -> Move the cyan-red slider to the right this time. Move the yellow-blue slider to the left.
- Select the blending options for the current layer-adjustment. In the blend-if section, select ‘blue’ from the drop-down
- Move the left slider first to about 60, then press ALT and drag it to about 200 till you have the effect you want.
- Flatten image
- You can reduce the saturation on it at this stage and you can also use the burn tool to emphasize shadows