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How To Apply a Sepia Tone to a Photo in Photoshop Elements

Sepia Tone a Photo for an Old-Fashioned Effect in PSE


Old-Fashioned Sepia Tinted Image

Old-Fashioned Sepia Tinted Image

A sepia tone is a reddish brown monochrome tint. When applied to a photo, it gives the picture a warm, antique feeling. It's easy to do in Photoshop Elements!

(See note below for Photoshop Elements 12 and later.)

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 minutes

In Photoshop Elements 11 and Earlier:

  1. Open the image in Photoshop Elements.
  2. If the image is in color, go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Remove Color and skip to step 4.
  3. If the image is in grayscale go to Image > Mode > RGB Color.
  4. Go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Color Variations. (See note below for Photoshop Elements 12 and later.)
  5. Move the Adjust Color Intensity slider down one notch less than the middle.
  6. Click on Decrease Blue once.
  7. Click on Increase Red once.
  8. Click OK.


  1. Experiment with Color Variations to apply other color tints to your photos.

Note: The instructions above will work for any version of Photoshop Elements through PSE11.

In Photoshop Elements 12 and Later:

In Photoshop Elements 12, the Color Variations command was removed. To create a sepia tone in PSE 12 or later, you can use any of these methods:

  1. In Guided mode, choose the "Old Fashioned Photo" guided edit, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Use the manual hue/satuaration adjustment described in Liz Masoner's tutorial Create an Antique Sepia Effect in Photoshop Elements
  3. In Expert editing mode, double click the sepia tint preset in the Effects panel > Monotone Color.
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