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Create a split tone effect

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
August 26, 2015

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1. The highlights layer


Open your picture. You don’t have to use a monochrome photo but for this particular picture, we’re going to go with black and white. To desaturate, press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+U. Create a new layer, and fill it in with a sepia kind of colour. The exact shade we went with is #f3c08c. Set Opacity to 50% and blend mode to Colour

2. The shadows layer


The first layer that you’ve create is going to change the colour of the highlights, and give them a depth and hue. Now we’re going to alter the shadows by selecting a dark blue colour – we chose #003364 – creating a new layer, filling it with the blue and setting the blend mode to Overlay and the Opacity to 80%.

3. The midtones layer


If it looks good like that, that’s the picture finished! We’re just going to add one more layer, though. Change the Opacity to 10% and set the blend mode to Soft Light; by filling this layer in a reddish pink (#cc3c6a), this will give the midtones just a touch of colour. Use your midtone layer as a subtle filter.

4. Colour tweaking


This might only be the start for you in your search for the perfect split-tone picture. The great thing about editing the picture with three separate layers is that you can edit them all separately and tweak the layers until you’re content with the effect.

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