What methods have you tried and how do you want the print to look?
If you are trying to mimic the look of the sepia of yesteryear you need to account for the type of paper the image printed on. Basically two type of papers produced Bromide paper which produced a neutral to blue black image or Chlorobromide which tended to produce a warmer image. AFAIK many portrait photographers had a preference for the warmer tones of Chlorobromide
Each paper would have a different look after toning Chlorobromide seeming more warm/yellow? this paper would most likely be used prior to hand or airbrush colouring of a print.
CS5 has an Action in the default folder that IMO does a pretty good job of mimicking the old Bromide papers. It adds a Hue/Saturation layer above the original B&W. By adjusting the Saturation slider you can reduce/increase the effect as required. Small adjustment of the Hue slider will also give different effects
Hi Debbie,Tony hi, I have CS3 and I used a action on this photo and I guess I don't have it any longer but I really like this look for Sepia.
That is very nice! I hope you can figure out how it was done and share with us.
In the meantime, it helps if you have real sepia photos to use as a guide. I have a few from the Dark Ages. I still can't get my digital files to look like real sepia.
Still searching for the Real Sepia in Texas.
The actions should be I believe be part of the Default actions in PS CS3 it is called Sepia Toning Layer.
You can achieve the effect quite easily as follow:
Try variations on these to get a look that you like
- Add a Hue & Saturation layer above background
- Click Colorize box
- Set the following (This is a starting point for further 'play')
- Hue = 30
- Saturation = 25
- Lightness =0