Create a sepia tone image in Photoshop

Contents
  1. Create a sepia tone image in Photoshop
  2. Add sepia to a black and white adjustment layer
  3. Using a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer in Photoshop
  4. Using a Photo Filters Adjustment Layer in Photoshop
  5. Creating a Sepia Tone in Photoshop Using Camera Raw
  6. Create a Gray Image in Photoshop’s Camera Raw Filter
  7. Adjust a grayscale image in Photoshop’s Raw Raw filter
  8. Apply split tones to an image in Photoshop’s Camera Raw filter
  9. Apply split tonal balance to an image in Photoshop’s Camera Raw filter

Create a sepia tone image in Photoshop

Sepia images simply add a dash to a black and white image. This photographic technique has its origins in the 1880s. Back then, photographic prints were sepia-treated to replace metallic silver in photographic emulsion. Substitution allows the photo developer to change the color and increase the tonal range of the photo. The sepia toning process was also thought to extend the life of the print, which explains why so many sepia photos still exist today. So where does this sepia come from? Sepia is nothing more than ink extracted from a squid.

In this How To, we’ll look at three ways to use an adjustment layer to create a sepia tone image.

Let’s start.

Add sepia to a black and white adjustment layer

In the first part of this series, I showed you how to create a black and white adjustment layer. As I mentioned before, adjust the grayscale image using the sliders or the “Adjust Image” button. There is also a checkbox in the properties tint † Click on it and “sepia” will be added to the image. To decrease the color intensity, click the color chip to open the color picker. Drag the color down and to the left – towards gray – and when you release the mouse button, only a “hint” of tone remains.

Another way to use this technique is to select the Eyedropper tool and pick a color from the image. I like the copper in the fixture and tried it. The resulting color was #b88641. I choose tint in properties, clicked on the chip and entered that color into the color picker. When you are satisfied press OK to accept the changes.

Using a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer in Photoshop

The gradient map adjustment maps the colors of the image to two colors in the gradient. This gradient consists of the foreground and background colors in the Tools panel. To see what I’m talking about, click the Default Colors button in the tools to set the foreground color to black and the background color to white.

Apply a gradient map select it from the Adjustments drop-down menu and the image changes to grayscale and the Layers panel is added Gradient adjustment layer † Now that you can see what it does, delete the Gradient Map layer and apply a black and white adjustment layer.

To create a sepia tone, open Gradient in the Properties panel and change the white color to #b88641. You may notice that the effect is a bit strong. Let’s fix this.

Decrease the Opacity in the Layers panel and apply Overlay or Soft Light Blend Mode to the Gradient Map layer. If you choose Soft Light, feel free to increase the opacity of the gradient map layer.

Using a Photo Filters Adjustment Layer in Photoshop

While primarily used to neutralize color casts in images, the Photo Filter filter layer can quickly create a sepia tone from a black and white image.

Open a color image and apply a black and white adjustment layer. Then add an adjustment layer photo filter † The Properties panel offers two options: add a filter or a solid color.

Open the Filter pop-up window and select from the list Sepia † Drag the slider to increase the color in sepia tones Thickness in the Properties panel on the right. This will increase the number of colors displayed. When you are satisfied, save the image. Otherwise, feel free to apply any of the filters in the list to see what they do.

Another option is to choose Color in Properties and click the color chip to open the color picker. Select or enter a color and Click OK to apply a color to the image. Use the density slider to adjust the amount of color displayed.

Creating a Sepia Tone in Photoshop Using Camera Raw

One of the benefits of using graphics software follows one of the fundamental truths of digital design: there are 6,000 ways to do something, and the best way is yours.

You have seen how to create a sepia tone image using different techniques. In this How To, we’re going to explore my preferred method for creating sepia tones: using Photoshop’s Camera Raw filter. You don’t need any experience with Camera Raw to create some pretty cool images. Let’s start creating a smart object.

To create a Smart Object, right-click (PC) or Control-click (Mac) the image layer and choose Convert to Smart Object from the pop-up menu.

Then, with the layer selected, select Filter > Camera Raw Filter to open the Camera Raw panel.

Create a Gray Image in Photoshop’s Camera Raw Filter

When the Camera Raw panel opens, click the HSL/Grayscale button in the panel area on the right to open the HSL/Grayscale panel. When the panel opens, check the Convert to Grayscale box. The image changes to a black and white image.

Adjust a grayscale image in Photoshop’s Raw Raw filter

The original image was taken at dusk, meaning there is a lot of yellow and blue in the image. Use the image sliders in the Grayscale Mix area to lighten or darken the colored areas in the image. Moving the slider to the right makes any area of ​​that color lighter, and moving the slider to the left makes it darker.

This happened at dusk, which meant lighting up the red, yellow, blue, and purple areas to bring out the details in the image.

Apply split tones to an image in Photoshop’s Camera Raw filter

Now that the grayscale image has been created and adjusted, we can now focus on adding a sepia tone. To do this, click the Split Tone tab to open the Split Tone panel.

This panel is divided into three areas: a Hue and Saturation slider at the top that adjusts the highlights in the image, and separate Hue and Saturation sliders at the bottom for shadows. There isn’t much color in the Highlights area, so feel free to leave the Hue and Saturation sliders at 0.

The first thing to do is choose a color for the shadows. This is done by moving the tint slider in the shadow area to the right. For an overall sepia tone, a value between 40 and 50 seems to work. I like my shade a bit “eyebrow” so I chose 48. Even then you won’t see the color applied. The color appears as the saturation value increases when you move the Saturation slider to the right. I wanted the color to show a bit and used a value of 40.

Apply split tonal balance to an image in Photoshop’s Camera Raw filter

Even though I didn’t add color to the highlights, it can be added using the Balance slider to push the tone into the brighter parts of the image. The default value is 0, which is halfway between shadows and highlights. Moving this slider to the left shifts the color balance in the image toward the shadows. As a result, the shade’s color is forced into brighter areas as well. I used the value -24.

When you’re happy with your image, click OK to close the Camera Raw panel and return to Photoshop. From there you can save the image.

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