How to Make a Photo Sepia in Photoshop

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How to Make a Photo Sepia in Photoshop
Sepia tone gives any photo an aged appearance. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Learning to convert images to sepia is useful for creating a vintage or dramatic photographic effect. In the days of film, sepia was a type of black-and-white film processing. Sepia uses shades of brown to represent a photograph's tones. Photoshop can simulate sepia tone on any photo and contains a programmed action that automates the conversion.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Click "File," "Open" and select the file you desire to convert to sepia. Click "Open."

  2. 2

    Click "Window," "Actions" to open the Actions panel.

  3. 3

    Click on "Sepia Toning (Layer)" in the Actions panel.

  4. 4

    Go to the bottom of the Actions panel and click the "Play Selection" button. This runs the action, which automatically creates a new layer, converts the image to black and white and applies the sepia tone using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

  5. 5

    Click "File," "Save As" and enter a new name for the file. Select "Photoshop (PSD)" as the file format and click "Save."

Tips and warnings

  • To modify the sepia tint of the image, click on the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and then go to the Adjustments panel. Move the "Hue" slider to change the shade of brown. Adjust the "Saturation" slider to increase or decrease the amount of colour. The "Lightness" setting darkens or lightens the entire image.

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