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.

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