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Creating sepia-tone effects

From: Enhancing Photos with iPhoto

Video: Creating sepia-tone effects

When you work with photos, sepia tone is a popular look. Sometimes it's referred to as a duotone, but essentially it's a black and white image, with a little bit of color. Now, you've already seen some of these techniques, but I'd like to formally visit them, and give you a couple of additional options. There is a Sepia button, and by default, you could turn the effect on, or off. And to be perfectly honest, it kind of sucks. I would not recommend using the Sepia effect to get a sepia effect. Instead, I would take a look at Antique, and combine that, or Black and White, with Boost, and that starts to shift the color.

Creating sepia-tone effects

When you work with photos, sepia tone is a popular look. Sometimes it's referred to as a duotone, but essentially it's a black and white image, with a little bit of color. Now, you've already seen some of these techniques, but I'd like to formally visit them, and give you a couple of additional options. There is a Sepia button, and by default, you could turn the effect on, or off. And to be perfectly honest, it kind of sucks. I would not recommend using the Sepia effect to get a sepia effect. Instead, I would take a look at Antique, and combine that, or Black and White, with Boost, and that starts to shift the color.

Now, when you do that, it's going to get really dark, so you'll need to come over to Adjust, and open up the Exposure. And notice, that's a much nicer sepia effect. What we have here is the brownish tint, but better contrast. It doesn't just look like you put a piece of colored gel on top. Let's take a look at two more images. The Sepia effect is just a cheesy effect. However, Antique works nicely in this case, and as I strengthen it, it takes out more of the color in the image.

A little bit of contrast brings that back, and I think that looks a lot better than the starting Sepia effect. So, Antique with high Contrast, in my mind, makes a more natural sepia effect. One more image. The default Sepia effect. With this particular image, it's okay, but I do think Antique is looking nicer here, with some Boost, and then we'll darken that image down, and come on over here and pull the Saturation a bit.

That's looking good. I'm going to pull the Highlights down a little, and pull the Exposure. Now, it's up to you how this works, and you can remember that you can use the Temperature slider to refine the effect. But as you play, consider strongly using some of the other effects here, like Boost, and Antique over the traditional Sepia effect. I'll often refine that with a little bit of blur at the edges, and sometimes a Vignette can be used as well, but the iPhoto Vignette tends to look a bit artificial, so use it with restraint.

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Enhancing Photos with iPhoto

46 video lessons · 3616 viewers

Richard Harrington
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  1. 1m 54s
    1. Welcome
      29s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      31s
    3. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 10m 19s
    1. Working in Full-Screen mode
      1m 26s
    2. Entering Edit mode
      56s
    3. Switching images
      1m 28s
    4. Checking the info on an image
      2m 14s
    5. Zooming in for detail
      2m 14s
    6. Using the navigation window
      53s
    7. Seeing the before and after state
      1m 8s
  3. 12m 6s
    1. Straightening crooked photos
      2m 22s
    2. Rotating an image
      1m 16s
    3. Removing red-eye
      2m 14s
    4. Cropping for better composition
      1m 39s
    5. Cropping a photo to a specific size
      2m 35s
    6. Cropping multiple sizes
      2m 0s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Understanding the histogram
      3m 13s
    2. Making a Levels adjustment
      2m 15s
    3. Fixing an underexposed photo
      2m 36s
    4. Fixing an overexposed photo
      2m 42s
    5. Improving contrast
      2m 36s
    6. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      2m 51s
  5. 12m 41s
    1. Improve a washed-out photo with saturation
      1m 30s
    2. Increasing saturation while protecting skin tones
      1m 58s
    3. Boosting an image to quickly fix saturation
      1m 51s
    4. White balancing a photo
      2m 24s
    5. Removing a color cast manually
      2m 35s
    6. Stylizing an image with effects
      2m 23s
  6. 14m 28s
    1. Converting to black and white
      2m 21s
    2. Refining a black-and-white effect with temperature
      2m 21s
    3. Creating high-impact black-and-white photos
      3m 5s
    4. Creating sepia-tone effects
      2m 29s
    5. Double-processing for duotone effects
      4m 12s
  7. 13m 45s
    1. Using the Retouch brush
      1m 55s
    2. Removing noise
      2m 10s
    3. Sharpening a soft photo
      1m 52s
    4. Adding punch with definition
      2m 5s
    5. Defocusing a photo
      2m 15s
    6. Controlling the focal point with vignette effects
      1m 26s
    7. Adding borders with iBorderFX
      2m 2s
  8. 8m 27s
    1. Duplicating an image
      47s
    2. Reverting to an original
      1m 49s
    3. Deleting an image
      3m 4s
    4. Copying and pasting adjustments
      44s
    5. Preserving maximum quality when exporting
      2m 3s
  9. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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