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I found a split-toning tutorial tonight on one of my favourite websites, Digital Photography School. I quickly knocked out 3 images that I had from our recent schoolyard picnic – as this technique works best with silhouettes. Here are my attempts, you can scroll down to my last photowalk to see and compare the originals.

Halo - Split Toned
Halo – Split Toned. Split tone takes the highlights and makes them one colour, and the shadows and makes them a different colour. Black still renders as black, so silhouettes are best suited to this technique.

Trust - Split Toned
Trust – Split Toned

Rocket - Split Toned

Overall, I had fun. I got some photos out of this that I think look fantastic, and I added a new skill to my repertoire. This isn’t something I’d use all the time, but it is a neat trick to know how to pull out every once in a while.

Query. Which one do you prefer out of the three? Or do you like the originals better? My favourite is “Trust” – the super bright colours draw me in. I like the blues as well, and the first one, but the super saturated colours are really where it’s at for me. I’d like your insights as well though.


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I found a tutorial to colorizing using a gradient in Photoshop. In fact, if you want to do it, you can find the tutorial right here: http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/gradient-map/

I followed the instructions, and decided to apply the effect with a Purple to Orange to Green gradient. Sounds a bit like vomit, but I have to say, the final effect turned out nice. It ended up being a bit of a sepia-tone effect. I had chosen a still life shot I made in Barkerville, British Columbia last summer. The school bell is surrounded by some slate tablets and aprons. I stacked the tablets pretty after the kids were finished with them and snapped off some quick shots. I’m most impressed with how the monochrome effect really made the texture stand out.

Here is what I ended up with. Hope you enjoy.

School Bell Colorized

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