Adobe Lightroom's split-toning tool will soon be no longer available. The tool for adjusting the hues of the highlights and shadows is instead replaced by an advanced color correction tool with even more options. On Monday, September 28th, Adobe released a preview of Advanced Color Grading, a tool for adding cinematic color edits to still images, which will soon be available in Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic, and Adobe Camera RAW.
The advanced color correction replaces the software's current split-toning tool, which allows image editors to add color to highlights and shadows to mimic movies, bring out golden light, or change the mood of the picture. The new tool has more to do with the Lumetri Color panel in Premiere Pro than it does with the current split-toning panel in Lightroom. It switches from simple sliders and swatches to a variety of color wheels.
With the update, photo editing programs can no longer just add tones to shadows and highlights. The tool also includes a color wheel for the midtones as well as a global color wheel.
Instead of using sliders and swatches of color, the editors select points on the color wheel to choose both a color or hue and the saturation to apply. A control outside the color wheel adjusts the hue, while the control inside the color wheel adjusts the saturation and hue. Locking the color wheel to adjust the saturation only with the inner control is also an option by tapping the center of the circle.
However, the sliders haven't completely disappeared with the update. Each color wheel also has a luminance control. Mixing controls are designed for "more sophisticated adjustments," says Pei Ketron of Adobe.
Clicking a color wheel at the top of the next Color Corrector window will zoom in, or image editors can view shadows, midtones, and highlights all at once.
The update is said to provide more controls and options for color correction of still images than current tools. The idea of more options often comes with more complex tools, but choosing a color that you can physically see on the wheel might prove easier for beginners than the current swatches and sliders. The tool also appears to be a bit quicker to use, albeit less precise than the color correction in Premiere Pro.
Adobe says the upgrade is "coming soon," but a start during next month's Adobe Max conference is a good guess. The Creativity Conference, which usually includes the launch of the latest version of Creative Cloud software, takes place October 20-22 and is both virtual and free this year.