Lightroom/Camera Raw: I Love Split Toning

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I'm not sure what the original intent of split toning was. And, I think it was Scott Kelby who said it was too limited. But I now use it regularly for:

- Correcting shadow hue shifts that result from adding extreme black point compensation to very low contrast shots.

- As a roll-yer-own hue shifter for when ACR 4.4 is needed to recover highlights, but I want to cool the darker colors, yet keep the lighter colors warm...

Like all adjustments, I'd like it be available for local masking, and I'd like the ability to apply multiple pins with different settings. But still, this has become a favorite color enhancement tool.

Its not a panacea, but the more development I do, the more I turn to the split toning tool for fine-tuning...
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"Thanks to the leadership of Comrade Napoleon, how excellent this water tastes"?

Rob, "the original intent" is that split toning is a long established part of the art of black and white photography.
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Thanks John. I hadn't thought of using it for B&W...
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I simply LOVE those both little live savers and creativity pusher sliders ;-)

Great for color correction, color enhancement and vintage looks.
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Note: I initiated this post before Lr4 was released, after which I use channel curves far more than split toning - worth adding those to your love list too...
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I also LOVE channel curves :-)
But Split toning in general is an easy and intuitive way to achieve a certain look.
They both have my absolute backing and right to exist.
Thanks Adobe for these great features!