True Blue

True Blue

By |2013-02-18T10:44:22+00:00Feb 18th, 2013|

Last night, I finished up an article that I wrote for an upcoming issue of Photoshop User Magazine on Split Toning in Lightroom. One of the products from that article is this image. Split Toning has become more and more popular in recent years (almost, seemingly, as a natural divergence from HDR). However, I feel that the Split Toning section of Lightroom’s Develop module gets overlooked often. My article aims at demystifying it.

I started with a good ol’ black and white image taken at South Beach, a few blocks from where my parents live on Staten Island, NY. The beach is still closed and off limits due to the immense damage taken by Superstorm Sandy. Huge bummer, too, because I was really looking forward to returning to this spot when I visited my family last month. In any case, I ended up going towards the cool hues for the highlights and shadows because I felt it helps complement the overall look and feel. It was freezing outside when I took that image, as I recall. :)

In terms of processing
The black and white conversion, basic adjustments and split toning were all done in Lightroom 4.3. You’ll be able to see a more detailed explanation in the April edition of Photoshop User Magazine.

Click here to view larger or to purchase a print of this image

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  1. domingos manzambi February 18, 2013 at 10:14 am - Reply

    q maravilha

  2. Jessica Hendelman February 18, 2013 at 10:49 am - Reply

    I love this, the color is killer. Looking forward to reading the article!

  3. Morgan Lindwall February 18, 2013 at 10:58 am - Reply

    really nice one!

  4. Christopher Andrukiewicz February 18, 2013 at 11:06 am - Reply


  5. Luis Machado February 18, 2013 at 11:48 am - Reply


  6. Kelly Shipp February 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Nice concept Brian.

  7. klaus peller February 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Masterly composed, the monochrome effect is grandious !

  8. Damien Jemison February 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Should be a good read. This is lovely. #wutang

  9. Michael Murphy February 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shot Brian, nice work.

  10. Craig McCormick February 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Looking forward to the article!

  11. Angela Mitchell February 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm - Reply


  12. James McClinton February 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply


  13. Steve Martin February 19, 2013 at 1:56 am - Reply

    I really need to finish my time machine…I don't have time to see all these great things…sigh!

  14. Michael Murphy February 19, 2013 at 2:55 am - Reply

    +Steve Martin I think a teleportation device would be a higher priority for development so you don't have to spend time on travel ;)

  15. Steve Martin February 19, 2013 at 4:36 am - Reply

    +Michael Murphy perhaps, but the travel along the back roads to get there is worth the delay.

  16. Julio Contreras Rodríguez February 19, 2013 at 8:37 am - Reply

    thank you and congratulations on your masterpiece photo…

  17. Kate Marie February 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Luv your art.

  18. Jim Tsang February 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    This is very nice, +Brian Matiash.  I'll have to learn split toning

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  20. chau h September 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    nice, it is real nice… Thank you very much.

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