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Create A Sepia Tone Effect In Photoshop
I had no idea that my research into the definition and origins of Sepia would bring me face to face with a cephalopod. Yes, the word Sepia is Greek for cuttlefish (relatives of the squid), and Sepia is the reddish brown pigment derived from the ink sac of this ocean creature.
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Achieving the Sepia Tone effect is pretty simple because Photoshop CS has a Sepia Tone setting in its collection of photo filters. Don't have CS yet? There's an alternative pre-CS method for you just a few steps down.
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In CS start with your color photo and choose Image> Adjustments> Desaturate. This brings us to a grayscale version without having to convert, so we can still add some color. The next step is to apply Photoshop's pre-packaged Sepia photo filter. You do this by choosing Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Photo Filter.
This will bring up the New Layer dialogue box. Enter the following settings:
Now you will see the Photo Filter dialogue box. Enter the following settings:
Density: 50% (or experiment)
Preserve Luminosity: Selected.
Choose OK and you're done.
Now I'll show you a way to create a Sepia Tone effect which will give you much more control over your results. This is the workaround for those without PS CS.
Convert To Grayscale & Apply A Duotone
Start with your original, untouched photo. Choose Image> Mode> Grayscale. A dialogue box will appear that says "Discard color information?" The answer is yes, so click OK. Now we'll create our Sepia effect by applying a Duotone.
Choose Image> Mode> Duotone. This will bring up the Duotone Options dialog box. First make sure that Type: Duotone is selected.
We need to pick two different inks. Ink 1 will be EB8B23. Just click on the little color square and enter the number via the Color Picker. You must name your Inks so name this one SEPIA 1 (or whatever you wish). Repeat this for Ink 2. You may find that the Custom Color box that appears is set to Pantone. Simply click on the Picker Button on the right side and you'll get your original color picker. Enter 000000 for the black we want and SEPIA 2 for the name. Finish this step by clicking OK.
Go back to RGB mode now. Choose Image> Mode> RGB Color. Next we'll play with the saturation levels to make the effect more subtle. Choose Image> Adjustments> Hue/Saturation. Move the Saturation slider to the left, down to -40%. Done!
Everyone has their own idea of exactly what Sepia means and how rich the reddish brown should be. Experiment with the main Duotone color (but leave the black) and also experiment with the Saturation levels. Get in the habit of creating new layers for each tweak so you can turn them on and off to perform some comparative analysis.
Turn A Photo Into A Sketch For Making Coloring Books
Want to make some nice coloring books? The first step is to turn a photo into a sketch. This tutorial is fairly easy and consists of just 6 steps.
The Night Vision Thing A Photoshop Recipe
Night Vision Devices (NVD) work by using either image enhancement or thermal imaging techniques. Whichever method is used, photos from night vision devices are instantly recognizable by their greenish glow. I've found that NVD images also tend to include some noise, a certain amount of blur, and darker areas around the border. So I'll incorporate these visual elements into our project to add realism.
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