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Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 21 of 116

Split Tone


Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 21 of 116

Split Tone


Lesson Info

Split Tone

we're now going to talk a little bit about split, toning and split. Toning is fun because it's Ah, it's an interesting process. So I'm first. We're going to go to a landscape of some images in the slot canyons here and down in Arizona and in there I've already done a little split toning on this image, and I'm gonna run em and a reset it. So if you want to reset anything, you just simply hold the option or the all key down and just hit the reset on both sides. So both of these, when you kid the option of the all key, it turns to a reset. So what I'm gonna do is I like what I've done here. There's there's an area of sun, and then there's an area of shadow and the shadow is blue and the highlight is warm. That's just kind of natural. And so I like that. But I want to intensify it. So I want to make that look that I've got going on, and I'm actually gonna warm up the background a little bit so that that area back there is a lot warmer right, And this also by the way is a really great place...

to play with texture. So if I grab that texture not been, bring it up. Look what it does to that sandstone. It's just fantastic. You print that out after you've done a little texture manipulation on that. And, man, that stuff looks beautiful. It's just so many beautiful state lines converging and moving around. Love it. So sandstone and textures knob are best friends, so use the texture knob up. I'm taking the vibrance up a little bit, so I've got some good, but I I want to intensify the blue. And I lost it because I took the temperature up to try and warm up that area right here. And so now I'm gonna go down into the split toning area, and what I'm gonna do is I'm going to increase the saturation on the highlights, which is gonna be that stuff in the background and in the highlights. I'm just gonna So I'm taking it way up way more than I should, and and then I can either choose the hue so you can see that I'm adding green back there, or red or pink or whatever, Um, or the other thing I could do is click on the actual color. So if I click on this little color swatch here, it gives me an option to choose any of these colors or even better than that. In this, my favorite thing to do is simply click on it. Now I'm continually holding the click, and I drag the color dropper off of that panel and I go into the photograph and I point at the area back here That's warm and I let go, and I've just registered a specific color way back there in the background, and it's more of a red than it is an orange, which I wouldn't have really suspected. And so now that I've got that color now I can take the saturation down all the way and start bringing it up and see how I'm. I'm intensifying the color of all the of the lights of the highlights, and I'm doing it with the color that already exists in the highlight. So I'm really intensifying it correctly. I'm giving it the right tone. Okay, so I like that. So now I'm gonna do the same thing to the shadows and take the saturation all the way up. That's interesting. By warming up the shadows, I've just negated all of that. But it's kind of weird to So I'm gonna click on that color again. I'm gonna grab it and I'm dragging off here and I'm looking for the color of blue in those shadows. See that? And it changes based on wherever I'm going. So it's like a little bit more purplish over here, But over here it's much more blue. So I'm gonna choose that blue and then I'm gonna It's actually more of a purple And then I'm gonna grab the saturation and bring it all the way down and start adding it back in until I like what I see which I like that cool. And now just go to finish this off. I'm just gonna go up to the the tone curve and I'm just gonna grab the lights and bring him up a little bit. So see, I'm adding a little bit of pop to that. I'm doing it based on the light area of the photograph in the tone curve, so you can see how these all of these tools are really useful. And if you know which tool is the most effective for a given idea, or or ah, challenge. Then you'll be able to get your job done faster and just better. Okay, so split toning is fantastic for color as well as black and white. So I just showed you a split toning for color because most people just use it for black and white, which is sad because it's really fantastic on color. Um, it's great, by the way, for adding more sunset to a sunset. So if you take the highlights and add a little bit of warmth to him and then you take the shadows and add a little bit of warm to the shadows, you will take a sunset or kind of a so so sunset and make it a beautiful sunset because you're just warming up the shadows. And that's what kind of happens at sunset because the sun is going down and it's starting to bounce around through the atmosphere. It starts to fill in the shadows with warm light. So even though the shadows air getting more thick, they're getting deeper. They're getting warmer at the same time, so they're not as cold a shadow. So anyway, the sun. The an act extra sunset is really well accomplished just by using the split tone. Okay, So I can also use the split tone in circumstances where I have a black and white image go into the split toning and I could just add a tone of some sort. So in that case, I might add, So I'm again going saturation all the way up and choosing the tone, because that allows me to actually see the tone I'm choosing, some adding a blue tone there and then I'm gonna go in and add a warm tone to the highlights. And I like that kind of orange look. Okay, so now the saturation is way up. So it's wrong. Um, but now we're gonna take it all the way down, and we'll just add in a little bit of this blue tone and a little bit of this warm tone man, that looks good. And then I've got the balance Slider. The balance slider right here is fantastic. It's the it's. It's the perfect way to end split toning, and that's just by grabbing it. And you can go this way with it so that it's a little bit more blue in the shadows and a little less warm in the highlights or the other way where you're adding a little bit more warmth and it's just a hint of blue in the shadows. And so this is a really great way to finesse and look through and be like, OK, do I like that cooler look Or do I like that warmer look? And I Well, I really like that warmer look. But, man, I like that right there. I like that. So that's a really nice way to kind of finesse what you've just done. So once that's done Ah, wow, I really like that. So Oh, guess what? I should add texture to this. So I will take this and add just a little bit of texture to it so that the bird pops out a little bit better and the texture here inside of there inside of this stick turns out a little bit better. And if I wanted to, I could add a little bit of fog. See, I can increase the fog so I obscure that back there. Or I could decrease the fog. Now you're starting to see the actual individual wisps of fog so you can see how there's like it's like little floating clouds, your separating out the individual clouds of fog with that D. Hayes option. But you're also increasing the natural vignette of the of the lens, which, by the way, is another tool.

Class Description

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  • Efficiently cull and retouch photographs
  • Manage your files to enable seamless and immediate recall
  • Get your computer and software to run faster
  • Create impressive photo books and slideshows
  • Take advantage of global adjustments
  • Improve your mobile workflow with both your iPhone and iPad
  • Deliver and share your images directly from Lightroom


Adobe® Lightroom® is the industry standard for post-production workflow and in Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide, you’ll learn Jared Platt’s gold standard for retouching and managing files quickly and efficiently.

Jared will show the ins and outs of Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Mobile, and Lightroom Desktop. He’ll demystify the difference between each and demonstrate when to use each one for maximum output.

Jared will share tips on improving every phase of your workflow – from shooting to archiving. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the latest Lightroom tools and features and become faster and more skilled at adjusting your images.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Lightroom
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Lightroom and learn new features to help edit photos
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Lightroom fixes


Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.2
Adobe Lightroom Desktop 3.2
Adobe Lightroom Mobile 5.2


Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 12 years and has been a speaking, debating and lecturing for the past 17 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Jared has lectured at major trade shows and photo conferences as well as at universities around the world on the subject of photography as well as workflow. Currently, Jared is traveling the United States and Canada teaching and lecturing on photography and post production workflow. Join him online for monthly "Office Hours" at


  1. Differences Between Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Classic
  2. Hard Drives
  3. File Organization
  4. 30,000 Foot View of Workflow
  5. Importing into Lightroom
  6. Building Previews
  7. Collections and Publish Services
  8. Keywords
  9. Hardware for Lightroom
  10. Searching for Images
  11. Selecting Images
  12. Organizing Images
  13. Collecting Images for Use
  14. Develop Module Overview
  15. Profiles
  16. Basic Adjustments
  17. Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze
  18. Basics Panel: Saturation and Vibrance
  19. Tone Curve
  20. HSL
  21. Split Tone
  22. Lens Corrections
  23. Details
  24. Transform Tool
  25. Effects Panel
  26. Synchronizing for Faster Editing
  27. Spot Tool
  28. Skin Softening and Brush Work
  29. Range Masking
  30. Dodge and Burn
  31. Working with Specific Colors
  32. Edit Quickly with Gradient Filters
  33. Making Presets
  34. Preparing Image in Lightroom
  35. Content Aware Fill
  36. Skin Repair
  37. Skin Smoothing
  38. Expanding a Canvas
  39. Liquify
  40. Layers and Composite Images
  41. Sharing via Web
  42. Exporting Files
  43. Sharing with Slideshows
  44. Archiving Photos and Catalogs
  45. Designing
  46. Making Prints
  47. Color Management and Profiles
  48. Archiving Photos and Catalogs
  49. Using Cloud Storage
  50. Adding Images to your Portfolio
  51. Collecting for Your Portfolio
  52. Publishing Unique Websites Per Project
  53. Sharing to Instagram
  54. HDR
  55. Panorama
  56. HDR Panorama
  57. Making Presets
  58. Creating Profiles
  59. Maps
  60. Setup for Tethered Shooting
  61. Sharing with the Client
  62. Watched Folder Process
  63. Second Monitor and iPad
  64. Backup at the Camera
  65. Gnar Box Disk Backup
  66. iPhone and iPad Review
  67. Importing to Lightroom on iPad
  68. Cloud Backup
  69. Adjust, Edit, and Organize
  70. Using Lightroom Between Devices
  71. Lightroom Desktop
  72. Removing Images from the Cloud
  73. Profiles
  74. Light
  75. Color
  76. Effects
  77. Details
  78. Optics
  79. Geometry
  80. Crop
  81. Adding and Using Presets and Profiles
  82. Local Adjustments
  83. Healing Tool
  84. Synchronizing Edits
  85. Editing in Photoshop
  86. Finding Images
  87. Sharing and Exporting Albums on the Web
  88. Posting Images to Social Media
  89. Overview of Lightroom Desktop
  90. The Workflow Overview
  91. Organizing Images
  92. Albums and Shared Albums
  93. Lightroom Desktop Workspace Overview
  94. Importing and Selecting Images
  95. HDR and Panoramics
  96. Light
  97. Profiles
  98. Tone Curves
  99. Color
  100. Effects
  101. Details
  102. Optics
  103. Geometry and Crop Tool
  104. Sync Settings
  105. Making and Adding Presets
  106. Healing Brush
  107. Brush Tool
  108. Gradient Tool
  109. Edit in Photoshop
  110. Finding Images with Sensei
  111. Sharing Albums on the Web
  112. Print through Photoshop
  113. Exporting Images to Files or Web Services
  114. Connecting with Lightroom Classic and Mobile Devices
  115. Archiving Images for Storage
  116. Review of the Workflow



Thorough but very easy to follow. I've noticed a significant improvement in my work since starting this course a couple weeks ago, and I'm also spending noticeably less time editing my photos. I appreciate that it's up-to-date as of October, 2020, so the info is current (I wish CL would take down some of the older courses, since software changes make some of them obsolete).

Kyosa Canuck

I hate to say this is a repetitive class due to covering much of the same things in each LR app. I appreciate Ben's classes better but this does give different perspectives. Also, Ben knows better than to use the word "super" let alone use it 10+ times per lesson.

Kayode Olorunfemi

I have been using lightroom for upwards of 6years and I still found this course incredibly useful. It can be useful learning through desperate tutorials online, but having a course that ties everything together, coupled with foundation principles, is invaluable.