Photoshop Trick For Sepia Tone Tinting Portraits

sepia_effect_photoshop After I created the last three Photoshop tutorials showing some simple tips and tricks for creating amazing portrait effects, I decided to add one more to the mix.

This one is similar to the others I shared recently and can be used together to create unique portraits with just a few clicks.

Always keep in mind that there’s many different ways to create these effects and I’m just showing you mine.

But, I encourage you to experiment and come up with your own effects and have fun!

If you missed the past lessons, you’ll find the links below.

I’m sure you’ve seen lessons in the past for creating a basic sepia tone effect, but by adding a few steps you can create a completely different look and add some color back.

It gives the picture a vintage look that can be used for any style of photography. The image I chose to demonstrate this on was from one of our Digital Creations we just created with a little boy in an old fashioned truck prop.

The video shows you looking over my shoulder as I create this simple effect using Photoshop CS5  . It takes less than 5 minutes to create and you can actually record an action to make it even quicker.

Watch the Photoshop tutorial below!

Here’s the simple steps listed to follow.

  • 1. Create duplicate layer of your image that you are adding effect to.
  • 2. Select this layer and Choose Image==>Adjustments==>Hue/Saturation
  • 3. Slide the Saturation slider to -100 and click OK.
  • 4. Open the hue/saturation again and check (Colorize) Hue slider set to 35 and Saturation to 25 and click OK.
  • 5. Select the top layer (your duplicate layer) adjust opacity down to 74 or what looks good to you.
  • 6. Save File

Once you finish this effect you can further adjust by adding some of the additional effects I shared in past post. In this example I add the “Image Pop Effect” to give the sepia color toned image a little more color and depth.

Once again I have to remind you that you can also play with different layer modes like “Overlay” or Hard Light” and you will find that the effect will be different and something you may want to use.

The one thing I have learned over the years from using Photoshop is that you need to be trying new things and seeing what works and what doesn’t and then refer to these techniques when you want to use them in the future.

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