Here’s a way to make a sepia effect that some people think looks better than the one built into Photoshop:
- In the Layers palette, activate the layer you want to affect.
- Click on the Foreground color in the Tools panel to open the Color Picker.
- 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.
- Click on the New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette and select Gradient Map.
- Click OK without changing anything when the Gradient Map dialog appears. The whole layer will be covered with a light sepia.
- 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)
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.