Sepia Tone Images with Photoshop

It’s rather rare that I need to apply a sepia tone to any image, but every now and then I do have to. Many digital cameras offer this effect, but not always. So in the rare chance that you do need to create a sepia tone on an RGB image, here’s how to do it with Photoshop.

  1. Open the image in Photoshop.
  2. If the image is in color, go to Image > Adjust > Desaturate and skipt to step 4.
  3. If the image is in grayscale, go to Image > Mode > RGB Color.
  4. Go to Image > Adjust > Variations.
  5. Move the Fine <--> Course slider down one notch less than the middle.
  6. Click on More Yellow once.
  7. Click on More Red once.
  8. Click OK.


  • Use the Save… button in the Variations dialog to save the sepia tone settings. The next time time you want to use it, just load the saved settings.
  • Use Desaturate and experiment with Variations to apply ohter color tints to your photos.