Today in IDPN‘s series of Quick & Easy Photoshop tutorial videos we’re going to show you how to convert an image to sepia by using the Photoshop’s Gradient Map presets. Last week we showed you how to do the same thing using the Duotone Mode. Do you have a favorite way to create sepia images? Let us know in the comments below!
SCRIPT: “Hi It’s Amanda from IDPN, the I Do Photographer Network. Today we’re going to show you how to make an image sepia by using the Gradient Map function of Photoshop. So we’ll get started….”
The first thing we need to do is to take our image and convert it to black and white by going to Image> Adjustments> Gradient Map. You can really start with the image in black and white however you like to do you conversions; we just need a black and white image to start with. You still need to have your image in a color mode like RGB for the gradient maps to work, however.
Now, we’re going to make a copy of this layer by going to Layer > New > Layer Via Copy. This will let us adjust any gradient maps to a more subtle version of themselves because the black and white copy is underneath the mapped copy.
Then we’ll go back to Image> Adjustments> Gradient Map. This time we’re going to select a map from Photoshop’s presets. If you don’t see this particular set, click on the setting cog here and scroll down to “Photographic Toning.” These presets are designed to mimic a photography lab process like selenium or sepia. Pick whichever you prefer and click OK. Now, you might like the various tones, but find them too heavy handed for your tastes. Because we’ve put the gradient map on a duplicate layer we can go to the layer palette and adjust the opacity, letting the black and white image show through. Whenever you’re happy with the intensity, go up to Layer > Flatten Image and you can now save your image as a jpg. Saving as a jpg means that you can print or upload the image anywhere, but you should only flatten and save if you’re sure you’re done with your edit the way you like it.
That’s all for this tutorial. I hope you learned something and be sure to check out the rest of our videos by subscribing to our channel or visiting our Resource Library and blog listed in the description below. Thanks again from IDPN, The I Do Photographer Network, www.idophotonet.com”