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Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone

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Video: Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone

In this movie, I'll show you how to create a quick-and-dirty sepia tone effect using a Hue/Saturation function that we haven't seen so far. I'm looking at that final version of the photograph that I created using Camera Raw. I'm going to start things off by bringing up the Adjustments panel and clicking on the Hue/Saturation icon to bring up the Hue/Saturation controls in the Properties panel. Notice this check box right there, Colorize; it does exactly what it says. Turn it on, and you will infuse the image with the color that you described using Hue and Saturation.

Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone

In this movie, I'll show you how to create a quick-and-dirty sepia tone effect using a Hue/Saturation function that we haven't seen so far. I'm looking at that final version of the photograph that I created using Camera Raw. I'm going to start things off by bringing up the Adjustments panel and clicking on the Hue/Saturation icon to bring up the Hue/Saturation controls in the Properties panel. Notice this check box right there, Colorize; it does exactly what it says. Turn it on, and you will infuse the image with the color that you described using Hue and Saturation.

So if you want a highly saturated image, you would crank that Saturation value way up. Of course you wouldn't go nearly that far. If you want a low Saturation image which is more likely, you would take the value down. I'm going to take the Saturation to 20. The bigger question is, what do you set the Hue value to? Well now the Hue value is absolute. So in other words, 0 is absolutely red. If you want to look up a color, you can grab that Hue locator.psd file once again.

I'm going to close my Properties panel for a moment. Then just select a color from the list. Now sepia is going to fall somewhere around the orange range. I'm looking for a kind of amber color, a little bit of yellow-infused orange. So I'm going to go with a Hue value of 40%. So I'll switch back to my image at hand, double-click on the thumbnail for the Hue/Saturation layer to bring up the Properties panel. Then I'll click inside the Hue value and press Shift+Up arrow four times in a row in order to get the sepia effect here.

But of course, you can select something different if you like. You could back off the value for more of an orange effect, you could increase the value for more of a yellow effect or what have you; 40 is what I'm looking for. Now if you ask me, a true sepia tone should look a little bolder where the luminance levels are concerned. So I'm going to return to the Adjustments panel and click on the Brightness/Contrast icon to add a Brightness/Contrast layer. I'm going to start by taking my Brightness value down by clicking in that first field and pressing Shift+Down arrow three times in a row.

And then, I'll tab to the Contrast value, and I'm going to press Shift+Up arrow six times in a row in order to increase that contrast until I arrive at this final effect here. And then I'll press the F key a couple of times in order to fill the screen with the image, just to give you a sense for the before and after. I'll press the F12 key in order to revert the image, that's the full color image as it appeared after we remove the color cast. Then if I press Ctrl+C or Command+C on the Mac, that's our bold high contrast sepia tone, created using a very basic combination of Hue/Saturation and Brightness/Contrast adjustment layers here inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 19m 15s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 27s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop
      4m 7s
    3. Opening from the Macintosh Finder
      4m 9s
    4. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      2m 45s
    5. Opening an image from Mini Bridge
      1m 16s
    6. Opening through Camera Raw
      2m 32s
    7. Closing one image and Closing All
      1m 59s
  2. 38m 14s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface
      3m 12s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      4m 27s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      4m 29s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Adjusting a few screen prefs
      4m 16s
  3. 45m 58s
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      3m 3s
    3. The Image Size command
      3m 27s
    4. Common resolution standards
      3m 20s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      4m 36s
    6. Changing the print size
      6m 16s
    7. Downsampling for print
      4m 12s
    8. Downsampling for email
      3m 11s
    9. The interpolation settings
      5m 22s
    10. Downsampling advice
      4m 36s
    11. Upsampling advice
      6m 10s
  4. 53m 17s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 12s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      2m 58s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 19s
    1. The art of saving
      54s
    2. Four things to know about saving
      6m 0s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 38s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 41s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 19m 36s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      3m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      3m 1s
    4. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    5. Filling in missing details
      6m 44s
    6. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 42m 6s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      3m 19s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 5s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 33s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color cast in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 8s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 46s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 10s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 49s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures
      5m 58s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes
      4m 43s
  11. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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