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3 ways to sepia tint a photo in Photoshop

posted by nezbitten, May 14, 2008 4:01 PM — 23 comments

I want to show you 3 ways to sepia tint an old black and white photo in PhotoShop. We can use this image a test image.

Method 1. Make sure you photo is in RGB mode . Select from the top menus - image/adjustments/photo-filter.

You will get a colour box pop up. Choose a sepia colour.

Choose a fairly dark one

and then use the slider to increase the density.

Final result.

Method 2 Now lets try using colour balance. From the menus select image/adjustments/colour balance

Change the sliders with the radio button "shadows" selected so that you dial in around 20 red and 20 yellow.

Then do the same with the "midtones" but around 15 red and 15 yellow. You can tweak these setting to your own preferences.

Here is the final result. This method does not alter the whites in the highlights.

Method 3 Using a colour fill layer. Select from the menus, layer/new fill layer/solid colour

Then select "colour" in the blending mode box.

Select a nice sepia colour

and you are done!

You can also use the sepia colour action from the default actions in photoshop but that would be too easy!

I hope this helps everyone and just choose a method which suits you best, if it were my choice I would go with method 2

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1. posted by mavrich, May 19, 2008 4:42 PM

nice tutorial, tnx

2. posted by ali_ebot, May 26, 2008 10:42 AM


3. posted by gerrard777, May 29, 2008 1:12 AM

Very good tutorial...

4. posted by smurfin, May 29, 2008 6:41 PM

Very useful :-)

5. posted by devino8, May 30, 2008 5:39 AM

I have been also doing Photoshop since 1986 and lost of tops and tutorials but how can I reach to you is yet to be known.

Thera are many tools which are hidden and people and users of photoshops are not awrereof so I want to make them aware by my tutorials..

so if i can be given the oppurtunity I would love to write all my experiences


6. posted by praveenkp, Jun 6, 2008 7:25 AM

nice, very useful

7. posted by sateda, Jun 16, 2008 3:33 PM

Jne more good way to make sepia!
Thanks )

8. posted by grafikhaus, Jun 17, 2008 10:29 AM

Nice tut - here's a good site for more Photoshop stuff -

9. posted by hades, Jul 1, 2008 9:41 PM

Thanks for this good tutorial! It's very useful.

10. posted by 4shaws, Jul 3, 2008 12:39 PM

Nice. BUT there is a fourth and very good method for B&W sepia and that is the Gradient Map. Choose this method give great flexibility over the amount of colour throughout the tonal range. For an example http//

11. posted by martinno, Jul 4, 2008 10:16 AM

You could also do it with Hue&Saturation 'colorize'

12. posted by rkjeffery, Jul 29, 2008 10:01 PM

Thanks, concise and helpful.

13. posted by cjpeterson, Aug 29, 2008 8:51 AM

Great! I am off to try to do it. TY!

14. posted by nezbitten, Sep 5, 2008 2:10 PM

Thanks for reading everyone. I am sure that if enough people read this we will come up with more ways to sepia tint a photo. As with photoshop there is always another way to perform the same task. Perhpas at a later date I will do some Photo Repair .htm posts too.

15. posted by sxchuman, Oct 14, 2008 9:25 AM

tutorial four thanks.

16. posted by eleman24, Oct 14, 2008 9:27 AM

Thanks, perfect work.

17. posted by rd_cahyono, Oct 18, 2008 10:30 AM

very nice! thank you.

18. posted by felikk, Jan 6, 2009 3:55 PM

it's a good one

19. posted by deva24raj, Mar 26, 2009 3:08 PM

Good color combine

20. posted by escan, Aug 18, 2010 12:14 PM

nice tut thanks.

21. posted by amorty, Jan 30, 2013 7:47 AM

Very interesting effect!!!

22. posted by softener, May 31, 2013 7:50 AM

How do you make someone's skin NOT look oily? Do you have a tutorial for that?


23. posted by carlislekm, Jul 29, 2013 4:42 AM

Very interesting

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