Friday Tip – Split Tone Color Preview

Here’s why today’s tip is so important. When you use the Split Tone panel you pretty much have to guess at which color you’re dragging the Hue slider to (unless you have super-secret microscopic vision and can tell by the small preview). So you would normally have to drag the Hue slider and then drag the Saturation slider to see the color. But, as you can imagine, Lightroom is full of tiny hidden shortcuts that, well, do their best to stay tiny and hidden. Here’s one: If you hold down the Alt/Option key as you drag the Hue slider, Lightroom gives you a preview of what the image would look like if the Saturation were at 100%. Now… the preview will look absolutely horrible since you rarely want a 100% saturation setting but at least you can get an idea for the color you’re dragging to instead of guessing. Sweet huh? Have a great weekend!

Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog,, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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