How to Create a Sepia Toned Photo in Photoshop


Before Changes


After Changes

This tutorial is to help you learn how to convert a regular color photo into a sepia toned photo.  This can turn a dull photo into a more interesting artsy photo.  Ok, once you have your photo open in photoshop:

1. Convert the photo to black and white using a new Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer.  If you need more help with this step please refer to our tutorial on “Converting Photos to Black and White.”


(with the background layer selected)
Open a new Photo Filter Ajdustment Layer.  (Image>Adjustments>Photo Filter)


3. Change the Filter to Sepia.  Adjust the Density to your liking, for this example I used 60%.  And make sure Preserve Luminosity is selected.


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4 responses to “How to Create a Sepia Toned Photo in Photoshop”

  1. clyde kimsey says:

    Can you do this in CS5?

  2. DeCodingArtist says:

    Quick and easy… thank you

  3. Joyce says:

    I had the sepia and other options with my photos,but now I cant find the place where it has a photo shop,,my photos are scattered all over,but I managed to bring up the pics and the options above

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