I recently started playing around with color toning effects on black and white images in Capture NX 2. After my black & white workshop last week, one of the questions was how to create split-toning effects.
Split-toning is a traditional darkroom technique for black and white images where the paper is dyed one color, and the silver emulsion is toned a different color. The paper toning shows through in the image highlights, while the silver toning shows through in shadows and midtones.
I wondered if I could re-create this effect using just Nikon’s Capture NX 2 software. As it turns out, with prudent use of the Colorize filter and leveraging the “Darken” and “Lighten” blending modes in the Opacity Mixer, you can make your own custom split-toning effects. It’s not quite as straightforward as using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro, but it works and it’s done in a non-destructive editing environment.
Here’s a short training video that I posted to YouTube to bring you up to speed on this technique.