B&W, Color Tinting and Split-Toning


Lightroom Essentials


Lesson Info

B&W, Color Tinting and Split-Toning

Now let's, come over here to this image and will press the y I I ke to see our before and after, so we started out with the color image here, but what we're going to do is create a black and white but often times it's not everytime when you're creating a black and white from a color image, you're not gonna want to not have the color image available, so this is a prime example for those virtual copies that we've been talking about. So I was going to pop back to the library for just a moment by tapping g for grid view and also plops us back into the library module and on this image right here I want to go ahead and reset it to its original but I'm not in a developed module anymore. Is there any way that I can go reset that image to its original without having to go back to the develop module yet? Well, we discussed yesterday that light room is right click happy so let's right click on that image and see if it gives us anything that will go back to the original image. So it's come down he...

re, tio develop settings, developed settings develop module and we've gotta reset button right? There were not a reset button reset command okay, so there's our original image also just before we go any further there's bound to be some questions about what the heck are those circles on all of the thumbnails that's just letting me know that they're part of my target collection and my target collection is this something that I set by right clicking if I turned that off you won't see those circle anymore it's just a marker that hey, you've done something you put this particular photo in the target collection which is like the focused upon a collection of the moment so you might want to know if you're looking at your thumbnail grid view which photos or in that focused upon collection of time it's like having the eye of mord or focused on that collection okay, so here we are we have clipped to select the image that we want to create a virtual copy of and we're just going to press command apostrophe or control apostrophe on a pc and again that's a keyboard shortcut that's on your cheat sheet but you can also create a virtual copy I think is it under the photo menu? Yes while you're in the library module photo create virtual copy and you can also see a keyboard shortcut so now look what we've got in our library view we've got two of that same image does that mean we've duplicated our image had no heck no I say so now has tapped d to go into the develop module and as luck would have it, the panel that we need to use is already open it's this hs l panel right here. Why would you get to the age of cell panel to create a black and white? We'll think about it, hugh saturation limn ints and also there's a tip right here in the panel itself being w so that's for black and white so we could click the black and white button, and immediately all the color is dropped from her image there's a keyboard shortcut for going black and whites. All this press commander control z to undo that if you tap the wiki that's equivalent of clicking that button, now you'll notice that the sliders all have different settings. So what light room is doing is it goes into your image and assesses it, and it tries to create what it believes to be the most high contrast, black and white so that's why these sittings don't have a uniform, values are all different, and those were going to differ on an image by image basis if you don't want that to happen, if you just I want to say, hey, light room, just drop the color but set all of these sliders to zero, then you can have it do that by changing one of its presets, and why would you want to do that? Well, if you're very particular about your black and whites and you want to manage the contrast of the colors say with the targeted adjustment tool so let's just take a peek at that if we trot up under the light room menu on a mac or the edit menu on a pc and goto preferences and we clicked the presets tab if you turn off that check box right there, apply auto mix when first converting to black and white then you will get a black and white but all of these sliders will be set to zero so it just saves you the hassle of if you I know how you want your black wife still look of going back and resetting to make your own custom black and white so that's how you can turn that often on sea tips for advanced users so that's light room preferences on a mac or edit preferences on a pc and once that dialogue opens you're going to click the presets tab and the second option is where you can turn that behavior often on but it is on by default so now I can come over here with my target adjustment till we gotta click to activate it and let's say I want a little bit more contrast in this inner area right here let's say I really wantto lighten those tones wherever they appear in the image I don't know what those tones are so it be darn difficult for me to fear it out just by clicking those sliders that's where that targeted adjustment till comes in handy. So if I want a light in this area, all I have to do is come down into the image or come over into the image where that color appears or those tones appear, click and hold down my mouse button if I wantto lighten them in a drag up if I wanted a dark and I'm gonna drag down and it's a simple is that so we're going to be doing a black and white here again when we get into color tenting so let's, go ahead and look at that on another image, here's another one let's create a let's come over here to our library, I want to create a virtual copy not you have to go to the library to create a virtual copy, but I just want to show you how they appear next to each other, so I'm gonna reset this image. They're actually I'm just going to create the virtual copy, then I'll reset that one. I don't want to undo this so let's click to activate the image and press command apostrophe on a map or control apostrophe on a pc give it a second to think about because these air honking big files were dealing with your people, there's ten ten megapixels you know, nearly three thousand by four thousand pixels it takes the program a second teo adjust the photo record in the catalogue to make that virtual coffee it's not duplicating the image you have a question? Yeah it's a little hard to see that screen from here so when you create a virtual copy what visual cues are there to let you know that it is a visual copy versus the one that is the record that dissociated with the rial image obvious question thank you for asking it so I'm going to increase the size of my thumb nails in my library grid here just by pressing the plus sign for the mine assigned to make them small again and I will temporarily hide my side panels by tapping the tab key just so we have more screen real estate to deal with here and well, scroll down there where that picture liz you could see here that we have a tag copy one copy, teo now whether or not you see that will depend upon your library view options and we covered that yesterday. But just to recap you compress commander control j to bring up your library view options and then while you're in grid view uh you can turn on expanded sales, which just makes them a little bit bigger sea with compact cells I don't have much information, but I still yet copy this wanted to make sure there wasn't something in here that I had turned on it's going to make that label happen, but it doesn't like it's their automatically. So where that's coming from is the actual file name, copy name of file name you can see down here. We're seeing that copy the word copy appeared the top right of that sale. This is a sale, so to find that setting over here in this dialog box, I'm gonna come down tio this area, which use me to pieces of data on the lift, and two pieces of data on the right that corresponds to these two pieces of data and thes to pieces of data. So to find out what is triggering that to appear it's coming from the copy name or file base ning, great question, thank you for asking it, and you can also we talked a little bit about stacking yesterday if you don't want to see all of your virtual copies, next feature there. I personally like to you because I only make a virtual copy if I've done something different, too, and I want to see the different thing or else I'll forget that it's there, but you can make the stack up and that's controlled in the photo menu. Stacking so you could just have him stack up together one underneath the other one so they don't take up so much room in your library of you but I like seeing him to be honest so now let's go ahead and click on the copy and we'll come over here to the develop module by tapping the geeky we'll go and hide our film strip at the bottom and let's go ahead and re set this one back to its original full color glory and let's go ahead and create a black and white again by tapping the wiki or by coming down here to the age of cell panel and tapping black and white and then again we can use our targeted adjustment tool click it to activate it mouse over to the image and if I want this inter green area right here lighter or darker I just click and drag up and wherever those tonal values appear in the rest of the image that those pixels will change tio or those areas will change to you so if you click and drag on a color or a tone that exists elsewhere in the image that's going to change is well so if I wanted to darken probably more realistically on this particular photo darkened this tone that I would click in drag down and that would darken just those tonal values wherever they appear in the image so super handy of fine tuning you know, exactly the kind of black and white that you want and remember, all of this stuff that we're doing over here can be saved his pre says shift command in shift control in for new turn on what you want we could say check none, and I could say black and white mix if I find a setting of these sliders that I just love, save it for later turn on black and white mix right there that does two things. It drops the color from the image, which is the treatment, and then captures a numeric values of these sliders with that check box so I could just capture the treatment so it would just give me a black and why in either light room would automatically apply an auto mix if I hadn't turned off that preference in the preset preferences, if I wanted it to capture the black and white mix, then I could turn that on like that. And then again, when she created preset, they're available over here in the developed module on the left hand side in the presense panel, and your user presets showed up the very bottom. I didn't name that one, which is a great opportunity for me to show you how to rename it right, click it rename leases black and white. Remember, light room is right click happy if you want to do something to thing and you can't find that command just right. Click the thing now, since we've gotten a black and white a prime opportunity to do some color tenting, not that you have to go to black and white before you color tent, and we'll do both ways, so let's, go ahead and click the split toning panel he'll probably heard split toning and duo tones about the same thing really split turning refers more to a darkroom technique. Once we started editing images digitally and photoshopped, then we started calling it duo tones please that's my understanding of it, so they're about the same thing, so I know we'll get some questions what's the difference it's not really one, but in doing either thing, you're really adding a color tint, but with split toning you, khun, determine a color tint to the highlights and a color tint for the shadows, and you can also control the balanced is does the color tint that you're adding, does it favor the highlights more? Is that favor the shadows more you know, where do you want it to be more noticeable in the shadows of the highlights so let's just do that here we are in the split toning panel of the develop module and the hue slider lets you change what the color because he was, in other words, for pure color before it's had wider black added to it to either make it a ten, which is light or a shade, which is darker. The problem is that as you dragged the hugh slider, nothing happens that's, because we have the huse ladder by default at zero saturation, so nothing is gonna happen. When you drive that hugh slider around, you'd have to increase the saturation to see that change well, rather than guessing at what saturation you want, because you're not going to know until you pick the color because it's an experimental thing. So what you can do is hold down the option. Chiana mac are also on the pc, and now when we click the hugh slider, we see that particular color at a hundred percent saturation, which is helpful to let you pick the color to the end with you can set these colors to anything you want. But if you happen to know a little bit of color theory, that is to say you have seen the color wheel and you understand that complementary colors or opposite each other on the color wheel, I'll let y'all google color will do a google image search for color wheel if you know a little bit about color theory. You can make really beautiful split tones by assigning complementary colors and the heat in the shadows and in the highlights. So if I'm over here in the, we'll make it easy for me will stay in the red range over here, pick my ribs and I released the modifier key. Now I can drive the saturation slider to the right to determine or actually, I'm in the oranges, that's even better. As I drive the saturation slider to the right, I start to see that color sent appear in the highlights. Now I go down to the shadows, the complementary colors orange is blue, graphic design, major option or all clicked the huse slider for the shadows and come over to the blue range, which would be somewhere in here released the modifier key now to actually apply some blues to the shadows. We need to drag the saturation to the right. Where do you stop when it looks good to you? Now we can determine where the color tint is more visible or the balance. Is it being applied equally to the shadows and highlights or we favoring one over to the other with the balance slider and again these sliders they're so helpful if you just take a minute to look at him if I drive that balance slider to the lift that sliders darker that means it's going to be favoring the shadows if I drag it to the right it gets lighter that means we're favoring the highlights so depending upon the direction that you drag it you'll create a different image and we could look at our before and after by pressing the waikiki so on the left hand side we've got our are black and wire that maybe our master photo that we're looking at there and then we see what we get with with the dio tone or the split town see photoshopped user duo tone if I came from film that split tone would just be natural so that's what toning which is pretty cool and again we have a little flippy triangle here so there's our before and theirs are after so yeah the y key and the situation does show us our master image so master versus the virtual copy not the original of the virtual copy get to know their okay so let's do that again come over here to another image go to the library let's make a virtual coffee click to activate it I went library repressing g command apostrophe or control apostrophe give it a second to think about it now we'll come back to the develop module we can click reset now we're back to the original image I can tap the wiki if I want to go black and white and then applying my color tents to the shadows and highlights I don't want to do that if I just want to start on the split turning section let's see what we get there so you don't have to always go to black and white, so here I could start out with applying a tent to my shadows again hold on the option key so you can see the color at full saturation and when you find the color that you want to add let's say that looks good to me then I can this increase the saturation and we're adding a color tint to just the shadows so completely different look, you don't have to go to black and white you'll get a little bit different results if you do and I can also change my highlights if I want to create something completely unique. So the opposite of purple is what yellow so I could apply a little bit of yellows to the highlights. Generally speaking, applying a lighter color to the highlights works out better and a darker color to the shadows works at better but you could do anything you want but generally speaking, it works a little bit better and then we can adjust the balance you know what? What are our tents favoring so we can create that look so here's our before and here's our after so there's literally no end teo all the different effects that you can create so now what I want to do is show you how to create a little bit of a vintage look which is a handy thing cause it's popular right now all that retro stuff very, very popular so let's, go ahead and choose this image and see we can create a virtual copy right here and develop module used I just wanted to show you that it was really happening nixon our on our virtual copy and we're going to click reset so there's our original image so let's say I just wanted to give it a vintage look we would first of all soften it because the cameras in the olden days oren is good is the cameras that we have today so the image wouldn't be a sharp so easy not to do that just by going to the basic panel and dropping the clarity of the whole thing and remember, if you drag clarity all the way they left, you get something I can to a watercolor so let's just drop it just a little bit then we can go back down to the h cell panel and we can decrease the saturation. So there's the h cell panel d be cognisant, of which one of these items were turned on color black and white. H s l you'll get a different set of options, so it's click uh, the saturation, and we could just decrease that a little bit if we wanted in every every single channel just to kind of back off the saturation or easier we could do that up here in the basic panel so we could describe the saturation and drop it a little bit. An idea for presets might be, if you find yourself doing the same thing to these sliders, like you're always backing off of the red, orange and the yellow, just the red and orange is for that loom in ation that we did, you could say that is a preset, and then apply that to all your portrait, and you could create a preset for the steps we've done thus far on this image as well. So now we've kind of gotten the photo looks like it might have looked if it came out of the camera years and years ago, not a sharp, not as saturated, so now we can go to the split tone panel, and we can do a lot of experimentation in here, but if we option drag the hugh slider ah what are we going to do to tell you to do to do to do we'll start with the huse cider let's start with dragging it over to the reds option click so you see that full saturation and then destroyed the saturation cider to the right and then the yellows that's what we want to add to the highlights so option drag the huge side until it's over into the yellows who are already getting that vintage look and then drag the saturation slider to the right until you're happy with it. So there's no end to the experimentation that you could do and to give it an even more realistic old timey looked like it was actually taken on film then you could click the is it detail or is it? I think it's effects the effects panel and you could add a little bit of grain so there's the grain slider right there to make it look like it really was an old picture see how we're adding green, you and dad that much size dis controls the size of the little speckles and roughness controls the contrast of the speckles okay, so we can make him really contrast you're not so let's look at our before and after that I'll be a little bit difficult because it's going to go back to that other master yeah, so we'd have to come up here and yeah it's difficult to start in a preview when she made a virtual copy if you've messed with several different panels because we could quickly turn off a fix and then we could turn off h s l but then we still got the changes that we made and split toning there we go seek it is toggle off several panels to get back to the before version of that or you could use the history panel over here on the left hand side there's your history panel and I could come way back down here there there will be our before by clicking on reset settings that's where we set our virtual copy back to the original photo and then I could scroll back up here and turn on that last change that I did and it turns on everything in between so that's another way you could do before and after let's go ahead and complete this look by adding that rounded corner edge vignette go ahead and collapse that panel our edge of india is handled in the lint the effects panel as well since we're right here remains will use it so that soft light or soft dark add vigna is so easy to add just come down here to the effects panel grab the amount slider if you want a dark finn yet drag it to the left if you want a light vignette drag it to the right super super easy! So if we wanted to create that look of a white background with a rounded edges, we could grab the amount cider and drag it all the way to the right. And then we could come down here to the round this slider which laissus control the shape of our vineyard, which is also very handy. See how it's going from oval two more of a rounded right tangle situation and then to give it the look of a hard edge, we would just drop the feather amount to zero and then continued to fine tune the the roundness and you can change the midpoint to make it come in a little bit bit again, we cannot save a transparent paying from light room, so we're not really giving that photo rounded edges were just creating the look of it with ej vignette sent to zero feather so that's how you would do that before before end after ok, not that one close you correct? The next thing we're going to do is create a partial color effect, and I'm anxious to show you this one because it doesn't work the way you think it would in light room again and my personal opinion, this kind of thing is easier to do in photo shop and we will start the day tomorrow with flipping back and forth between light room and photoshopped as well as light room and photoshopped elements, and then come back. And we're going to learn how to manage rps d's in in light room itself, which is a really great way to do. You spend a lot of time in light room, and and the fastest way to let light room know that you have gone into photo shop is to send the image to photo shop or elements from light room itself. And if you do that, and if you don't move that photo shop document, when you save it outside of the folder that it lived in that light room, knows about them. When you come back over the light room, it'll show right up right there, which is really, really handy.

Class Description

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