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 K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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