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This is a transcription for Adobe Photoshop CS5 on how to create a perfect sepia effect. Screen shots and step-by-step explanations will help you on how to get started and make fun with your photos.
So the first thing we want to do before we mess with the colors is go to “Filter”, then click “Lens Correction”.
And make sure none of these boxes are checked, and then go to the “Custom” tab.
Here, we are going to add the Vignette, so grab your slider, and set it to “darken”.
Set the midpoint to about clause 75, then accept your changes and you will see a nice Vignette has been added. This way, we can start messing with the colors now.
On the new “Adjustment Layer”, select black and white.
Now, you can just leave it as is, it’s not a lot of difference, but you will want a little fine tuning – you can try and click all or mess up with the sliders.
But the new feature of black and white is that if you click that hand with a slider – you should see an ink dropper that will come up on your picture.
For example, if I click and hold on the part of the lips that I want to make darker or brighter, the ink dropper turns into a slider and I can just drag to the left if I want to make it darker, and drag to the right if I want to make it brighter.
So what I am going to do is to darken the lip tone a little bit, and then I am going to click again on the section near the cheeks and eye highlights and turn them to the right a little bit and brighten up.
You can just leave it as it is when it comes up, or click “auto” and Photoshop will do it for you. But the more you know the better.
So now on another new adjustment layer, we are going to add the “Curves” adjustment.
What we are going to do right here is grab the point that represent the shadows – bottom left, and drag it up a little bit, and so it output itself around for you.
Now, we are going to click further on this line, and create another point, and drag it down to create a little bit of a band, and the third point we are going to drag a little bit up.
You should have curves very similar to below.
And what this does is it turns black into a grey. Because black is a very solid color and if we add any photo filters to it, they won’t be affected much.
Grey, on the other hand is affected very much by any adjustment layers. So this is going to add to our sepia tone, which we are going to add by going to a new adjustment layer and sliding photo filter this time.
Make sure you have preserved room audacity – check on. And if you go over to the filter drop down menu, you should see Sepia as a pretty set tone there.
Now, what we are going to do is turn the density all the way up. This is too strong that it will affect by itself, which is why we are going to blend it.
If you go to your photo filter layer on your layers palette, then right click, you should see this second option, it says “Blending Options”.
Here, when you bring up the layer style menu, you can see a box there that says, “blend it”, and this will let you have two sliders of layers.
If you hold the option key, and click on in one of the sliders, you can drag it and split the slider, which only blend this layer if it’s within these color ranges.
So you want the black slider under this layer tent to be halfway, and then grab the white slider of the underline layer tent and also pull it halfway. So this way, it allows the highlights and the shadows of the original picture to come through a little bit more, but we are still keeping that sepia tone that makes the image look great.
And that is the final result. I think it’s an awesome Sepia effect and you can use these same filters and adjustment layers on any one of your pictures to get the same great effect.