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.)
Time Required: 5 minutes
In Photoshop Elements 11 and Earlier:
- Open the image in Photoshop Elements.
- If the image is in color, go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Remove Color and skip to step 4.
- If the image is in grayscale go to Image > Mode > RGB Color.
- Go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Color Variations. (See note below for Photoshop Elements 12 and later.)
- Move the Adjust Color Intensity slider down one notch less than the middle.
- Click on Decrease Blue once.
- Click on Increase Red once.
- Click OK.
- 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:
- In Guided mode, choose the "Old Fashioned Photo" guided edit, and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Use the manual hue/satuaration adjustment described in Liz Masoner's tutorial Create an Antique Sepia Effect in Photoshop Elements
- In Expert editing mode, double click the sepia tint preset in the Effects panel > Monotone Color.