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Getting Started with RAW

The Split toning tools.

acr hue tab The Split Toning window provides tools that allow you to change the tones of the highlighted areas in your image separately from the shadow areas. It's quite a simple window compared to the others so far. The tools are divided into three sets. The top set deals with highlights, the bottom deals with shadows and the slider in the middle delineates where you want the highlights to end and the shadows to begin.

In the highlights and shadows section there are two sliders. The top one selects the tone while the second 'Saturation' allows you to control how strong you want that tone to be rendered. All the time the saturation slider is at '0' no changes will blue crocuses take effect no matter where the other sliders are.

For this tutorial I am going to demonstrate on this image, right, of crocuses that I turned blue in the tutorial on Hue. I'm going to give the highlights a yellow tinge. As there is not much colour in these highlights the effects will be relatively subtle.

first I'll select the tone. I'm going for a nice yellow colour so will move the slider into the yellow range giving a value of 60. Initially there is no effect because I still have the saturation set to '0'. Moving the saturation slider to the right starts to bring in the tone change to the highlights. For this image to show any real effect I have taken it all the way to 100%. The result is shown below.

acr split toning

I think that has cast the tone over too much of the image so I want to restrict it a bit. I can do that by using the Balance slider. By default that is set centrally at a value of '0'. Sliding it to the right, positive values, extends the highlight area further into the darker areas while sliding it to the left, negative values, shrinks the range for the highlights in favor of the shadows. I am going to slide it left to reduce the range of the highlights so that less of the blue is tinged with yellow.

acr split toning

Now you can see the blue has been restored and the yellow is still tinting the highlights.

Sepia toning and Other Tinted Monochromes.

Remember in the HSL/Grayscale tutorial I said you could create Sepia images and other tinted monochromes in ACR. Well this is where you do it. First you needed to have changed an image to grayscale in the HSL/Grayscale window. For a sepia image I like my tone to be a fairly yellowy brown where as many people seem to go for very pinky browns. the choice is up to you but as Sepia is an old style effect and papers yellow with age I think the yellowy tine looks more realistic. To get my preferred tint I am going to select a value of about 48 with the hue slider for both the highlights and shadows. The Balance can remain in the centre and I shall drag the saturation to about 38 for both.

acr sepia image

The values for the highlights and shadows should be the same for a true monochrome as you should just have one shade of brown fading to white. If you set different values for the shadows and highlights then you have 2 shades of brown fading to white making a duotone image.

You do not need to settle for Sepia, why not try some of the other tones instead or maybe go for a duotone by selecting a dark blue for the shadows, see below.

acr split toning image

You might need to change the balance and saturation sliders for that as I have done here.

In the next tutorial I will discuss fixing lens problems.


RAW introduction,

RAW - Camera Settings

Importing your RAW files

ACR Tools and Interface Explained

Creating and Applying Presets

ACR Basics & Exposure Tools

ACR Sharpening & Noise Reduction

ACR Curves tools

HSL/Grayscale tools (Hue, Saturation and Luminance)

Lens Correction tools

ACR Top Menu Bar (Crop, rotate and blemis removal etc)

Saving your settings and converting your RAW files

Bridge and Converted RAW Files



Recommended Further Reading for Photoshop

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