This is a really quick tutorial on how to make a great looking sepia tone for your photos.

Sepia is a dark brown-grey color, named after the rich brown pigment derived from the ink sac of the common cuttlefish.

The word sepia is Greek for “cuttlefish”.

Thanks Wikipedia

Anyway lets get into it.

Ok so first up, find the image you want to apply the sepia tone to, load it into photoshop (I’m using CS2 for this one, but I’m pretty sure its all the same).

Step 1.

Apply a desaturation to the image – Image > Adjustments > Desaturate (shift + ctrl + U)
This will turn the image black and white.

Step 2.

Add colour variations – Image > Adjustments > Variations

Hit “more yellow” and “more red” once each. this should show you up the top in current pic what the picture will look like, feel free to play around with adding more or less but i have found this is usually enough as we will edit the contrast soon to bring out the sepia a little more.

Step 3.

So now we have a sepia tone on the image, the last step is to play around with the contrast and brightness of them image. Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast.

With these settings its best to just play around and see what you can come up with, as every photo is different there is no real set adjustment that will always look good.

In my opinion, don’t go to crazy with the contrast though, its easy to use to much to get that little extra bit of detail in the image, but everyday users might think its a little over the top.

Its that easy!

All these photos were taken with a Canon 400D in Stalkerland (White hills, Bendigo, Australia)