How to Sepia Tone a Picture in Photoshop?


In olden days, each photograph has to be developed manually. During that process, Sepia a reddish-brown monochrome tint used to give those photographs a warn and ancient look.

Sepia is an element present in the photographic development emulsion (generated in the ink extracted from cuttlefishes) which is used for manual development of photographs.

But, in this digital era, no one uses such emulsions to develop photos. Still, you can give your photographs a sepia tone. Nowadays, sepia tone is popularly known as one of the “Effects” you can give to your images created by any digital camera or camcorder.

You can make an image sepia tone using numerous tools which are available online at free of cost. But, if you want to have an out-and-out paramount sepia tone in your images then Adobe Photoshop is the best way to go.

So, in this Do-It-Yourself guide, let us see how to make a picture sepia tone in Photoshop 2015, Photoshop CS6, and Photoshop CC.

How to Make a Sepia Tone in Photoshop 2015?

Step 1: Open the photo for which you want to give a sepia tone in Photoshop 2015 application.

Step 2: Select Image, click Mode and choose RGB Color – if the picture is grayscale (/ black and white).


Step 3: Choose Image, then opt Adjustments and click Desaturate if the image is color.


Step 4: Next, select Image, then Adjustments and click Variations…


Step 5: Drag Fine-Coarse slider downwards and place it at a point where it is not more than one notch and less than the median.


Step 6: Click one time on More Yellow andonce on More Red button.

Step 7: When done, hit the OK button.

Extra Info: In the Variations wizard, you can Save the exact settings for a sepia tone. Thus, next time if you want to give an image sepia tone then, you can just apply these saved settings to the picture.

Note: Does your PSD file not opening in Adobe Photoshop editor? Then, check the compatibility of the file and version of your Photoshop program. If the PSD file is not opening in any version of Photoshop editor then, use the template of that document or repair the PSD file using an ideal PSD repair tool.

Even you can make an image sepia tone in Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CC applications using the below guidelines.

Make sure you have closed all other applications which were running in the background while adding a sepia tone to your photos using the Photoshop CC or CS6. Else you may experience, Adobe Photoshop CS6 has stopped working, Photoshop CC not responding, etc. problems in mid of the process.

Procedure to Make a Sepia Tone in Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC:

Step 1: Open the picture for which you want to give a sepia tone effect in Photoshop CC/CS6 application.

Step 2: Click on the Layers option located at the top navigation bar and select Convert to Smart Object.


Step 3: Select Filter from the top navigation pane of the resultant window and click Camera Raw Filter…from the dropdown menu.


Step 4: From the right-side panel of Camera Raw Filter wizard, select the HSL/Grayscale option (fourth button from the left).

Step 5: Enable Convert to Grayscale option by checking its checkbox.

You can use color sliders present in the HSL/Grayscale window toadjust the shading and intensity of the black color in black and white images.

Step 6: Click on the Split Toning button located beside HSL/Grayscale.

Step 7: Go to Shadows section and adjust the Hue (set it anywhere between 40 and 50). Next, adjust the Saturation slider (set it around 40).

Step 8: Click OK in the Camera Raw Filter dialogue box to save your settings.