Final result

The easiest sepia blue tutorial for great photos

We often see images with a professional sepia blue tone and you often wonder: ‘How can I do that?’, well is not very hard to do, just follow this tutorial and get a perfect tone in five easy steps.

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Step 1:

Open the .jpeg file that you want to turn into a sepia colour. I choose the image of this beautiful flower:

Duplicate the layer pressing Ctrl + J in your keyboard. Now, let’s change the saturation of the image pressing Ctrl + U and set it to -100. Your image will look like this:

Process 1

Step 2:

Set the current layer to ‘screen’ by clicking
the little arrow from the ‘Layers window:

Process 2

Click first image (colour) and press Ctrl+U and desaturate it to -95:

Process 3

Process 4


Step 3:

Now, is time to play with the colours. Choose the first layer, then click on Image > Adjustments > Selective Colour and on Colours select Neutrals and set Black to -12.

Process 5: select the layer.

Process 6: playing with the colours.

After you’ve done that, play with the colour balance. These are my settings for the image:

Process 7: my color balance settings.

This is how your image will look:

Process 8: image after playing with colour balance.

Step 4:

Click on the layer 0 (copy), go to Selective Colour and play with the Whites, Neutral and Black tones as shown below:

 Process 9a: setting the selective color options. Process 9b: setting the selective color options. Process 9c: setting the selective color options.



The final result.

Finishing up:

Merge the layers pressing Shift+Ctr+E and then Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer one more time. Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and type 5% in the Amount box with ‘Uniform Distribution’ and ‘Monochromatic’, click ‘ok’. Play with the levels using the following settings:

Process 11: adding noise.

Merge the layers again, and here is the result of your beautiful image with a sepia professional tone.

Final result

Tip: If you don’t want to add noise, just skip that part and adjust the levels of your image. This effect looks fantastic on portraits, landscapes, objects, etc.

And that´s all. How does your photo looks? Share it on a comment or share a link to your gallery!


My name is Danielle Lily and I’m a 25 year old self taught digital artist. I discovered my
passion for photomanipulation in 2008, since then I developed an ability to create the most beautiful inner worlds people never imagine, achieving the level of sophistication and charm.
Then, I had the idea of start my own business ‘Danielle Lily Digital Art’.
To make each artwork, I use elements like foggy places, forests, oceans, deserts and
dreamlike objects with a combination of frozen, pastel and dark grungy colours. I currently work as a freelancer.

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