Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Create a sepia look using split toning in Lightroom

Sepia. A much used word in photography and an even more used filter in Instagram I bet. 

What is sepia? 

According to Wikipedia: Sepia is a reddish-brown color, named after the rich brown pimment derived from the ink sac of the common cuttlefish Sepia. The word Sepia is the Latinezed form of the Greek σηπία, sēpía, cuttlefish.

Don't get me wrong. A sepia look can be great for a picture. Just as with any other type of filter, don't over do it. 

Here's how to easily create a sepia look using split toning in Lightroom. 
  1. Open a picture and turn it B/W
  2. Go to the split toning panel
  3. Increase the saturation of the hightlights. Then move the Hue slider. Play with both highlights sliders to create the effect you're after.
  4. Do the same with the shadows. When moving around the sliders of the highlights and the shadows that's where you're creating the sepia effect.
Just play around and try to find the right balance. See what effect you like best. When you've found your colour, it's really practical to save the settings you like as a preset.

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