Video – Split Toning 101

This website has been up for over a year now and as I looked through, I couldn’t really find a video where I covered Split Toning in detail. I’ve mentioned it here and there but from looking at forums and comments, I realized that lots of folks had questions on the basics. Fortunately, Split Toning is really easy and, as you’ll find out, after watching this video you’ll know pretty much all there is to know about it. Enjoy.

Click here to watch the video. (21Mb)


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  1. Hey Matt:

    Just finished watching this segment (a week late, I know).

    You say this is all there is to the split toning panel. There will be no split toning 102, you say.

    Respectfully, I’d like to disagree. Folks have been experimenting with the split toning panel (in addition to the other tools) to create some very stylized images. You can use it to create a cross-processed look, and one of my favourite presets uses split toning to help create the look from the movie 300.

    You can see the last one in action at

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  2. Great tip! I never really understood split toning until now. Keep up the good work.

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  3. Thanks Matt, I really did need that, cause I didn’t understand split toning. I can see lots of use for this effect in many situations.

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  4. Your Presets are great! ButI downloaded teh landscape and portrait sharpening presets and none of them work. I tried downloading them twice and they don’t work in Lightroom. Thanks.

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  5. If you want different versions, just save the preset as a new preset. The UUID code makes no difference, it’s just an identifier code for the file. As to changing the name affecting the preset, once a preset has been applied, the settings are stored in the image, so changing the preset, or even deleting it, will make no difference to images on which it has been used.

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  6. Very nicely explained. Thanks a lot from a beginner to Lightroom.

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  7. Fantastic! Thanks for the video and…Happy BD to your site Matt–I’m addicted!

    I can’t wait untill you cover the i. Lens Corrections/Chromatic Aberration/Defringe and ii. Camera Calibration sections!

    Best regards–Florent.

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  8. Matt. you’ve covered a lot of importing of presets etc. There are some font’s in Leopard that would look great in LR as well as photoshop cs3. Any clues on importing individual fonts instead of the entire library? great idea for a quick tip?

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  9. Hello from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Your blog is great and it was the main reason i started moving
    my workflow from PS CS2 into Lightroom.

    I have 2 questions.

    1) Of your dark edgeing presets I’d like to rename them to make it easier to
    select one from lighter to darker; my previously edited photos will still work
    if i have used the preset with its older name ? I belive that yes since i don’t change
    this field uuid = “BD03DC0E-482A-11DB-8E94-000A9599D634”, which i believe is the
    identification for each object ;

    2) I donwload, add IPTC data and rename my photos using another program. It’s already in
    my workflow. Them i import the directory into Lightroom (LT) and start making my changes when
    necessary. I did an event and i have about 500 photos. So i created a new catalog and imported
    the event photos. I did everything in this new catalog. Now i’d like to have all this work imported
    in my main catalog. Do i have to only choose: File | Import from catalog ?

    Is this procedure (creating a catalog for an event) recommended or do you thing i may have some problems
    in the future ?

    3) I use a Canon system. Viewing the photos from another program the colors were OK. But watching them with LT
    i noticed that the Red dresses (High School Musical costumes) had an yellow cast looking almost orange than
    red. The only place i saw something related with color management was in Preferences | External Editing |
    Colorspace which is set at default values (ProPhotoRGB). Am i doing something wrong ?

    Thank you and keep up with the excellent work (and photos) !

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