Better Sepia in Photoshop

Here’s a way to make a sepia effect that some people think looks better than the one built into Photoshop:

  1. In the Layers palette, activate the layer you want to affect.
  2. Click on the Foreground color in the Tools panel to open the Color Picker.
  3. Select a color for the sepia. R=172, G=122, B=42 works well in many cases. You can adjust it later by double clicking the Adjustment Layer in the Layers palette.
  4. Click on the New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette and select Gradient Map.
  5. Click OK without changing anything when the Gradient Map dialog appears. The whole layer will be covered with a light sepia.
  6. Click on the Layer Blend mode arrows and select Color for the blend mode.

(tip courtesy of Lesa Snider’s Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual)