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Getting Started with Split Toning

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This post is part of a series called Split Toning Your Photographs for Emotional Impact and Excitement.
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Split Toning Colour Pictures in Photoshop: Theory and Practice

Split toning techniques go way back to early darkroom photography. In fact, sepia images are even a form of split toning. When we use to it today, we're referring to a technique of adding a color cast to the image. The "split" part of split toning means the color cast can be isolated to highlights and not affecting the midtones or shadows, or vice versa.

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Spilt toning can be used in a corrective way. In cases where the sky has been over exposed, spilt toning offers a way to add blue back to it. However, spilt toning is more commonly used creatively to completely alter the look of an image and depart from what was originally captured.


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