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Sepia Tone Effect

The sepia tone effect (popularized many decades ago) has been a staple of many photographers for years. In the project you're going to do here, you get an added twist by using a gradient map to convert your image to grayscale, which gives you a more “contrasty” grayscale conversion.

STEP ONE: Open the image you want to apply the sepia tone effect to.

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STEP TWO: We're going to convert the photo to black and white (okay, grayscale), but we're going to do that using a gradient map so that the conversion has more contrast. Set your Foreground color to black by pressing the letter D. Choose Gradient Map from the Create Adjustment Layer pop-up menu at the top of the Layers palette. When the dialog appears, it immediately makes the photo look black and white, so just click OK. Next, you'll add the sepia tone color over your black-and-white image.

STEP THREE: Go under the Create Adjustment Layer pop-up menu again, but this time choose Solid Color. When the Color Picker appears, click on the color you want for your sepia tone and click OK.

STEP FOUR: Once you click OK, you'll have just a solid block of color, so in the Layers palette, change the layer blend mode of the Solid Color adjustment layer from Normal to Color, and you'll see the sepia tone effect appear. If the color seems too intense, just lower the Opacity in the Layers palette.

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