Sepia Photo Effect

What is Sepia Photo Effect and How to Apply a Nostalgic and Trendy Sepia Filter

When you want to apply some stunning and vintage effects for your wedding photos, sepia photo effect is one of the photo filters you have to take into consideration. What should be special for the special photo effects and how to apply a nostalgic and trendy sepia filter according to your requirement?

The article shares every detail about the sepia photos effects and 3 different methods to apply the effect with ease. Just read on the article and choose a desired solution now.

Sepia Photo Effect

Part 1: What is sepia photo effect

Sepia photo effect is a form of photographic printing tone that adds to a black and white photograph in the darkroom to warm up the tones. Sepia is a burnt color tone filter associated with red, yellow and brown tones. When you apply sepia filters to enlighten the monochromatic photos, you can bring the photos back to an older period of time.

Just as mentioned, sepia is associated tone with different colors. It is hard to define the specific color of the sepia photo effect. How to choose a desired one according to your requirement? You can learn more about the methods as below.

Sepia Filter

Part 2: Best method to apply sepia photo effect

In order to find a suitable sepia photo effect, WidsMob Retoucher is an excellent photo editor with stunning sepia photo effects. Moreover, you can also adjust the different color parameters, reduce photo noise, apply color filter and film simulation with ease. When you want to apply an after effect to your photos, it is your best choice.

1. Different sepia photo effects, sepia, sepia terra, sepia gold and more.

2. Adjust saturation, contrast, brightness, temperature and tint for photos.

3. Remove luminance noise, chrominance noise and enhance sharpness.

4. More than 28 camera profiles with stunning film simulation effects.

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Step 1: Import the photos into the photo editor

Once you download and install the program, you can click the “File” menu and import all the photos you want to apply sepia photo effects according to your requirement.

Import Photos WidsMob Retoucher

Step 2: Apply the desired sepia photo effect

Just go to “FILMPACK” > “Color Mode” > “Special”, you can select a desired color tone, which includes sepia, sepia terra, sepia gold and more other color tones with desired effects.

Apply Sepia Filter

Original Wedding Photo

Sepia Photo Effect

Sepia Gold Photo Effect

Sepia Terra Photo Effect

Step 3: Further edit the sepia photo effect

Besides the basic sepia photo effects, you can also adjust the different color parameters in “ADJUSTMENT”, or choose a camera profiles from “FILMPACK” to apply some vintage color with stunning effect.

Adjust Sepia Photo Effect

Part 3: How to add sepia photo effect with Photoshop

Photoshop is a complicated photo editor with multiple filters and effects. You can apply a desired sepia photo effect in some simple steps. Here are several ways to apply sepia filters with the program.

Method 1: Adjust Variations

Step 1: Open the picture to edit in Photoshop and go to “Image” > “Adjust” > “De-saturate” to turn the picture to black and white.

Tip: If the picture is in gray-scale, go to “Image” > “Mode” > “RGB Color”.

Step 2: Locate to “Image” > “Adjustments” > “Variations” and change the “Fine-Coarse” slider down to less than the middle point.

Step 3: Press “More Yellow” and “More Red” once respectively. Then click on “OK” button to confirm the changes and add sepia photo effect on your picture.

Adjust Variations

Method 2: Use Sepia filter

Step 1: Use the method above to convert the picture to black and white within Photoshop. Go to “Image” > “Adjustments” > “Photo Filter”, you can open a new photo filter adjustment layer.

Step 2: On the photo filter dialog, choose “Sepia” from the drop-down list of Filter. And change the “Density” based on the tune of your picture. Make sure to tick the checkbox of “Preserve Luminosity”.

Step 3: Finally, click on “OK” to apply the sepia photo effect and save the changes and export the picture to your computer.

Photoshop Sepia Filter

Method 3: Adjust Hue/saturation

Step 1: Also, turn you picture to black and white photo using Photoshop. Go to “Image” > “Adjustments” > “Hue/Saturation” to open a new photo hue and saturation adjusting layer.

Step 2: On the settings window, open the “Adjustments” tab and tick the checkbox of “Colorize”. Then adjust the value of Hue to apply sepia photo effect on your picture and make the value of “Saturation” lower.

Step 3: Press OK to confirm the settings. Now you can export the photo to your computer with desired effect.

Adjust Hue/saturation

Part 4: How to use sepia photo effect online

Online photo editors are convenient tools to edit and enhance pictures. People do not need to install anything on their computer or worry about compatibility problems. Most of online photo editors have the capacity to apply limited sepia photo effects.

Method 1: Add sepia photo effect to photo with

Step 1: Access in your browser and find out “Color & Lighting Filters” on the home page. Open the color and lighting filters page and search for “Vintage Sepia Effect”.

Step 2: In the vintage sepia effect page, upload your picture “from computer”, “by URL” or “from Facebook”. Then the web app will apply the photo effect on your picture automatically.

Step 3: Make sure to turn on the “Remove Watermark” option and press Save & Share to export the result.

Method 2: Make sepia photo effect with Pixlr

Step 1: Input in the address bar of any browser and press “Enter” key to open the online photo editor. Then you can import the picture to edit from hard drive, URL or photo library in “File” menu.

Step 2: After imported, unfold the “Adjustment” menu and press the “Sepia” option to apply sepia photo effect on your picture. Then you can use the Color vibrance and Hue & Saturation tools to adjust the image tune until you are satisfied.

Step 3: Finally, go to “File” menu and save the picture to a destination based on your condition.

Pixlr Portrait Editor


The article shares how to add sepia photo effect on pictures in different situations. When you just need a simple sepia photo filter, you can use some online programs. Of course, you can also find multiple effects from Photoshop, which should be a little difficult to get a desired one. WidsMob Retoucher should be the ultimate solution to apply the desired sepia photo effects according to your requirement.

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