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Create an AWESOME RED BLUE DUOTONE effect! Lightroom Tutorial

August 9, 2019

(funky electronic music) – [Denny] Hello and
welcome to this episode of Denny’s Tips, in
this Light Room tutorial you’ll learn how to create the popular red & blue duotone effect,
similar to the graphics and cover art that you see in Spotify. You’ll learn how to do this in two ways. First you’re going to
learn how most people do it with the Split Toning method. It’s easier and sometimes
it’s good enough. Then you’re gonna learn my way of doing it which will give you much better results. It’s a transferable skill that you can use in other software like Photoshop, Capture One, Affinity Photo and more. Finally, there are a lot
of color combinations that work great as duotones. And I’ll be showing you
a straightforward way to figure out what settings
to use for any color you want. So if you’re interested, keep watching and I’ll show you how it’s done. (funky electronic music) The quick way of creating a duotone effect in Lightroom is to use
the Split Toning tool. The results aren’t as good as the method that you’re going to learn later, but it’s easier to understand and it’s also the most commonly
used and taught method. Here’s how to do it. In the Develop module,
scroll to the HSL section and then click on the
Black and White mode. This will make your image black and white. Don’t worry about the settings yet, because it’s easier to
adjust it afterwards. Next, scroll to the Split Toning section. Here, simply set the Saturation
on both sliders to 100%. For the shadows, shift the
Hue to around 220 degrees and then adjust the Balance
to bring out more of the reds. The final thing to do is
to go into your Tone Curve. Make sure that you’re
using the Point Curve mode. There are two modes for
the Tone Curve in Lightroom and you can switch by
clicking this button here. Drag the top right point downwards. This will drop the whites, so should give you more solid colors. And we’re done. Here’s how the image looks
like before and after. You might notice that the
reds are somewhat pink and you can’t really
get that true red color, no matter how much you adjust the hue. This is one of the limitations
with the Split Toning tool. There’s a better way to create
the red blue duotone effect and that is with the Tone Curve. What’s great about this
method is it uses the tools that are already available
in other software such as Photoshop, Affinity
Photo, Capture One, and even mobile apps like Snap
Scene and Lightroom Mobile. It’s a skill that you can learn once and use in many different software. I also find that the
results are much better. It gives it more control and flexibility and in practice it really
doesn’t take that much longer than what we did earlier with
the Split Toning adjustment. Here’s how to do it. First convert your photo
to black and white. You don’t need to adjust the
Black and White settings yet. It’s easier to do it
after the color grading. Next, go to the Tone Curves. Right away, if you don’t understand what the Tone Curves does, you can still follow along
without any problems. If you want to learn more,
you can click on the info card on the top right corner, or
check the video description for links to tutorials that I recommend. But to get you going, I’ll
be placing some overlays in this video so that
you can get a feeling of what’s going on when
we’re making the adjustments. In the Channels drop down
menu, go to your Green channel, then drag the top right point
all the way to the bottom. This basically makes
the green channel black. In case you don’t know what channels are, color photos are made from three channels. A red, green and blue channel that when combined forms a color photo. We’re gonna repeat this
with the Blue channel. So click on the dropdown menu
and select the Blue channel. Drag the top right point
all the way to the bottom and now we have a red tinted image. To add some blues to the shadow, simply lift the bottom
left point and that’s all. You just created the
red blue duotone effect using very minimal settings. You can go into your
Black and White settings to fine tune your colors,
but if you’re done then you can just save this as a preset by clicking on the plus
sign in the Presets section. Give it a name and for the settings, only check mark the items that you used. For us it’s the Tone
Curve, Black and White Mix, and Process Version. You can also check mark a
auto Black and White Mix which will let Lightroom automatically adjust the Black and
White settings for you. Here’s how the image looks
like before and after. And here’s how it looks like compared to a Split Toning method. As you can see, the Tone Curve method give you colors that are
more solid and vibrant. Red and blue is a popular
duotone combination. If you want green or blue instead of red, it’s self explanatory, for example if you want
green instead of red, you can just lift the
greens back to normal and then go into the Red
channel and drop the reds. It’s the same pattern if you want blue. But what if you want a color like purple that’s not in the dropdown menu? For that, you have to
find out what percentage of red, green and blue
that you have to mix to get the color purple. If you’re familiar with
color and color theory, you probably already
know what the formula is. You can also play around
with the Tone Curves and guess your way around, but
if you can’t figure it out, there’s one more way and it’s
straightforward and easy. All you need to do is
use a color picker tool that will show you the
RGB value of the color. You can use the color picker in Photoshop or even easier just go on Google and search for a keyword RGB color picker. It’ll then display this
tool which you can use to pick any color you want. And it will show you the
RGB value on the left. The number goes from zero to 255. The first number is for the reds, the second number is for the greens, and the third number for the blues. So looking here, we can see actually get this purple color we
need to make the green zero by switching to the Green channel and dropping the top right
point all the way down. Next, we’re going to
switch to the Blue channel and make sure at this point
it’s all the way to the top. For the Red channel it’s in between and you can just drag the
top right point downwards until you get this purple color. To finish it off I’m gonna
add some blues to the shadows by switching to the Blue channel and adjusting the bottom
left node like this. (funky electronic music) Here are some examples
of other duotone effects that you can create with
the Tone Curve method. (funky electronic music) Hey, thanks for watching this video and I hope you liked it. Today I just wanna give
you guys a big thank you for supporting this channel
and helping it reach a new milestone, so after
seven months I can finally say that this channel is self-sustaining. What this means is that the
cost to license the music, video clips, transitions,
and everything else that goes into the videos,
this channel makes enough from the ad revenues to cover the expenses and I no longer have to use my own money to fund this channel. So it’s a great milestone for me. I want to thank you guys
so much for giving me the opportunity to create these videos. I really enjoy doing it, it’s an incredible
learning experience for me. I hope it’s the same for you. I hope you guys have an amazing day. Let me know what you
think about this tutorial in the comments below and I’ll
see you in the next video. (funky instrumental music)


  • Reply Bonny April 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    please do a tutorial of moonlight movie poster its so cool!!!!

  • Reply Arman Samary April 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you for all these awesome tutorials πŸ™‚

  • Reply craig mcdowell April 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Great video
    thank you

  • Reply Hassan April 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks Denny! As usual this is awesome content. Keep up the good work.

  • Reply Ashim Borah April 10, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Thank You Bro. You taught me awesomeness. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Spencer Owen April 10, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Really great tutorials, cheers for explaining everything so well.

  • Reply Jonathan Freemantle-Arthurs April 10, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Great job! Keep up the good work Danny. We love your channel.

  • Reply Thomas Miller April 10, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Denny, I'm so glad to hear that your channel is now self-sustaining. Thank you very much for your tutorials. They're clear and concise. It's apparent that you spend a significant amount of time scripting and preparing for each video, and that is so respectful to your viewer's time. It makes watching your tutorials effortless. Again, thanks for making these videos. I know you don't owe any of us anything, but please keep making them.

  • Reply Albert Clemente April 11, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Great job man. Happy for you!

  • Reply Doug Hall April 12, 2017 at 2:47 am

    I am not a fan of the Duo Tone look but the way you use the tone curves and the way you explain it has really open my eyes to the power of curves and it has just clicked in my head. This is a great skill to have. I am finding I am consistently using tone curves now while editing. If you need any images for your demo's, let me know as I would love to help you and your channel if I can. 😎

  • Reply Lucio Daou April 12, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Congrats, Denny. Your videos are great, you speak in a paced speed, easy to non-native English speakers to comprehend, and also explains everything in a very straightforward way. Thanks and once again, congratulations.

  • Reply Steven Brener April 13, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Excellent stuff….you're a natural teacher.Β  Keep up the great work!

  • Reply Roland Dutzler April 14, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Who can tell me to get the colors in field "Tone Curve", e.g. for the blue channel to see the blues and yellows. In my frame "Tone Curve" the colors are not visible in the different color channels

  • Reply John Acosta April 18, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Very nice tutorial!

  • Reply BMXMasterPro April 22, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    So awesome Deny!

  • Reply Blanca Borunda XV May 31, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Great video!!! I was wondering what is the name of app that you used on your iPhone For this tutorial?

  • Reply Isabelle Thomas May 31, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and helping us, photographers to use it for better photos resultsπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Reply Jeff U July 17, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Dear Denny, Great tutorial-very easy to understand. But I have a trouble after exporting it, my photo is not clear sort of like very blur after uploads on social media which i export the same way with Non Red Effect photos but only the red one that isnt clear. Am i doing anything wrong?

  • Reply jeremias m September 14, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    4:42 I'm aware of color theory but what is that formula your talking about :p?

  • Reply Krys Amon October 21, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Danny I'm turn a huge fan about your wok, I neve learn so much. Thank a lot!

  • Reply Westwood December 17, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    is it possible to get this using photoshop?

  • Reply marv1984 March 26, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Hey Denny, thank you so much for this video (and all your others too!), htis really helped me begin defining the style I want to use for my business visuals. Awesome! BTW, where do you get your music from for your videos, this one for example, you always use great sounds quality music? Keep it up and thank you again πŸ™‚

  • Reply Johnnie Medina June 14, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Amazing tutorial! Thank you!
    Can you pick a specific are to target with the tone curve? Like changing the color of the lake to a blood red color.

  • Reply Blue June 21, 2018 at 3:33 am

    How i can make it but n my phone

  • Reply Laura Andersen August 23, 2018 at 5:16 am

    Loved this! I have the app version tho, is there anyway to create a similar effect with that?

  • Reply Jeremar Ortiz November 13, 2018 at 3:49 am

    Is it possible for mobile?

  • Reply Greg Prickril December 14, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    I don't see the Channel options in Tone Curve. What gives? Thanks.

  • Reply Laura January 7, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Does anyone know in which program or app can I do this on videos?

  • Reply andres felipe marin henao February 4, 2019 at 2:19 am

    So nice dude, tnkx

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