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I wanted to create a timeless image representative of wonderful Historic District of Savannah which I recently visited. The live oaks with their branches covered in spanish moss seemed the perfect place to start. It turned out though that I could not pick just one. I ended up with a number of images I wanted to put together as a set. To do this I created a preset in Lightroom to add a duotone tint from which adjustments were made to each individual image. This image was the one used to create the preset.
The original RAW file image was first processed in color until I was happy with the result. I thought that Black & White would be best for that timeless look I was trying to create. A virtual copy of the processed RAW file was converted to B&W but this did not provide me with the look I was going for. I decided on a tint to bring out the timeless look I was going for. A split tone was applied with the highlights set to Hue 51/Saturation 22 and the shadows set to Hue 37/Saturation 32. The balance was then moved in favor of the highlights to +67. The preset was saved for just the Split Toning. The preset could then be applied to any number of the images from my visit to Savannah to bring a uniform look to the complete set.
This is a simple effect that did not require the image to be opened in Photoshop as the Split Tone created with the Gradient Map discussed in an earlier post. Also, being able to save this effect as a preset in Lightroom enabled me to duplicate the look effortlessly.