Monday Preset – My favorite Split Tone

Happy Thanksgiving week to everyone out there. It’s a short one for me so I’m pretty psyched to have some time off. Anyway, today I’m sharing my favorite Split Tone preset. It’s not really colorful like some split tone effects I’ve seen out there. It actually only adds a slight amount of red/orange to the highlights and yellow/orange to the shadows. I think it works great when you’re looking for that subtle classic effect. Also, don’t forget that split toning really works best when you already convert the photo to a black and white. So, I’ve included two presets here. The one with the (BW) at the end of it automatically converts the photo to black and white using the “General – Grayscale” preset that ships with Lightroom. Then I’ve added my split toning effects on top of it. Since Lightroom’s Grayscale preset may not work well on your particular photo, the other one just adds the split tone effect so you’ll have to convert your photo to black and white first. Enjoy ‘em!

Click here to see a sample of the preset.
Click here to download Matt’s Classic Split Tone presets
Click here to see a video on how to install presets.

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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  1. Awsome preset! I love it!

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  2. hey matt, just popping by to express my appreciation for your work. swell of you to share your knowledge and experience

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  3. Something wen’t terribly wrong. I upgraded to 1.3 and downloaded these presets. Now all my previously edited photographs have a dull orange-ish hue, but only in the develop module. The library still shows the photograph the way I want it to look. Does anyone have any idea what went wrong or have any advice so i can get things back to normal? This only affects the edited photos, the photos that weren’t previously edited in LR are unaffected.

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  4. Great stuff as always mate. I now officially own Adobe Photoshop Matt-room :o)


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  5. Matt, you are awesome. Thanks so much for all these wonderful presets. My Lightroom is now fully stocked with “Matt presets”…
    Cheers, Scotty

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  6. Well isn’t that one just a little beauty! Classic. Thanks.

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  7. awesome Matt, thanks

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  8. Neat–thanks Matt!

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