Sepia Tone Coloring Effect in Photoshop

At some point in our lives, we have this inexplicable desire to make new things look old. To make your new jeans look old, you'll have to figure that out by yourself. But to make your picture looks old, that's what I'm here for. Today, I'm gonna teach you how to give your picture that old vintage look by applying this famous effect called sepia toning.

Here's some samples of sepia tone photos.

1. Naturally, you have to open your image in Photoshop. Duplicate it once. Desaturate the duplicate layer. Go to Image > Adjustment > Desaturate. Your layer palette should look like this:

2. Now, if your image is a little bit dark, might want to do this..Duplicate the desaturate layer and set it to screen. Adjust the opacity until you get something nice.

3. Next, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation. Check the colorize option and apply these settings:

In the layer palette, reduce the opacity of this layer to 35%

4. Duplicate the Hue/Saturation layer we created just now. Set it to Soft Light with 50% opacity.

5. Then, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves. Click three points along the line, then adjust the curve until you get an S-shape as shown below.

6. Now, go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Set the color to 3d2703 (dark brown). Set this layer to Soft Light with 30% opacity.

Some tips before I conclude this tutorial:
Looking at your final image, you can adjust the opacity of these 4 layers (underlined in red in the picture below) to get better result.

And here's the final image with a nice sepia tone coloring:


Dbrown said...

This helped me out alot seeing i am someone still new alil bit thanks.

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for the tutorial. It really helped me out and very easy to understand!!

Anonymous said...

This worked wonderfully. A lot of steps yes, but its worth the time.

Liane said...

thanks for the tutorial... I really need this easy steps! thanks again!