Sepia is a reddish-brown color originally obtained from early-century photographs edited with sepia inks. That is, the ink is extracted from the squid. As with many things, the old becomes new again and there is a craze to shoot sepia images with more modern cameras. Digital makes it easy. With programs like Photoshop Elements, the photographer can quickly create a convincing sepia effect that takes us back to older photos.
- Creating a sepia effect
- Add a sepia tone
- Add noise
- Add a vignette
- Last antique sepia photo
Creating a sepia effect
Keep in mind that there are many ways to achieve a sepia effect. This tutorial will show you the easiest way and then show you how to age a photo if necessary. Some versions of Photoshop Elements have a controlled sepia effect, but to be honest, doing it yourself is very easy and gives you more control over the result.
Keep in mind that this tutorial was written with Photoshop Elements 10, but should work in almost any version (or other program).
Add a sepia tone
Open the photo you want to use and then open the menu Adjust Hue/Saturation . This can be done using keyboard shortcuts (Mac: Command U pc: Control-U ) or with Navigate to the menu items: Enhance – Adjust Color – Adjust Hue/Saturation .
When the menu opens Hue saturation check the box next to colorize . Now move the slider tint around 31. This value will vary slightly depending on your personal preference, but keep it close. Remember, there were differences in the original sepia method based on a number of factors, such as how much ink was used and now the amount of weathered photos that have suffered over the years. Just keep it in the reddish brown range. Now use the slider Saturation and reduce the strength of the color. Again, around 31 is a good rule of thumb, but it will vary slightly depending on personal preference and the lighting of your original photo. You can further adjust the slider Ease if you want.
That’s it, you’re done with the sepia effect. Ultra-light sepia tone. Now we continue to age the photo to enhance the vintage feel.
Go to the top menu bar and follow the instructions Filter – Noise – Add Noise . When the menu opens Add noise , you will see that choosing is very easy. Now if you look at the image above, you will see two instances of the Add Noise dialog box. When using a controlled sepia effect, the noise version on the right is used by default. This will add color noise to your sepia photo. It ruins the effect in my opinion. You just got rid of other tones; you don’t want them back. So click monochromatic at the bottom of the dialog box (indicated by the arrow in the example on the left). This ensures that you’ve just added grayscale noise to better match the sepia effect. uniform and Gaussian influence the nature of the sound and his personal preferences. Try both and see which one you prefer. Then use the slider Quantity adjust the amount of noise added. You will need a small amount (about 5 percent) for most photos.
Add a vignette
Vignette wasn’t always an artistic choice, it’s just something that came out of the cameras of the time. Essentially, all lenses are round, projecting a circular image onto the film/sensor. The sensor/film is actually smaller than the fully projected image. As the projected image approaches film/sensor size, you will begin to see light loss at the edge of the circular image. This vignetting method will create that more organic vignetting style rather than the rigid shapes often added to images today.
Open the menu to get started Filter and choose Correcting Camera Distortion . Instead of fixing the lens bug, we’re going to add it back. Open the “Camera Distortion” menu to the section Vignette and use sliders Quantity and center to darken the edges of the photo. Remember this doesn’t look like a solid oval, it’s a more natural vignette style that will give an antique look to the photo.
Last antique sepia photo
That’s all. You’ve resized and aged your photo sepia. As mentioned before, there are many ways to do this, but this is the easiest. Another simple change that gives a slightly different result is to start by removing the color from the photo/converting to black and white. This adds extra tonal control if you have a photo with complex lighting.