I love the old fashioned sepia tint in heritage photos. That warm brown color draws me in and allows me to concentrate on the details of the photo without the distraction of color. With Photoshop and Elements, you can get this effect on your own images. Here’s how to tint photos digitally:
In Photoshop (full version):
Open the image and press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to create a copy on top of the original. Select the copy.
Press Ctrl Shift U (Mac: Cmd Shift U) or Select Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. Now you’ll have a black and white copy on top of a color copy. Select the black and white copy.
Select Image > Adjustments > Variations. This opens the Variations dialog box.
Choose Midtones, then make adjustments by clicking More Yellow once and More Red once.
From the right side, click Darker, then OK.
You can save your sepia settings by following the steps above, but before clicking OK, click Save.
Give your setting a name like Sepia and save it to your computer.
The next time you want to give a photo a sepia setting, simply open the variations dialog box and click Load.
Find the file you saved, click Open and then OK. Your sepia settings will be applied to your new image.
Get creative with this technique by slightly lowering the opacity of the sepia copy allowing a little color to show through.
In Photoshop Elements:
In Elements, it’s even easier to achieve a sepia tint. Here’s how:
Open the photo in Elements.
In the Effects Panel, choose Photo Effects – the third in the row of icons.
Select Monotone Color from the Drop down menu to the right of the Photo Effects icon.
Then double-click Tint Sepia from the tint icons.
The software will create a new sepia copy of your original image one layer above the original.
With this technique, even your newest photos can have the charm of old fashioned photography.