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Creating a sepia toned image in Paint Shop Pro X2

Creating a sepia toned image in Paint Shop Pro X2 - Michael Bates shows us how to add a frade edge and sepia tone to our images.

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Photo one for Paint shop pro tutorial about how to create sepia imagesSepia toned pictures always create a nostalgia and historic appearance in images, and this can be a very useful sentiment to appeal to with your own photographs. Of course you could just apply the Sepia Photo effect already present in Paint Shop Pro, but to get the most authentic looking images there is a little more involved than that. Here I'll show you how to create a rich, customisable sepia image and then how to rough up the edges so that it appears the paper has worn and aged over time.

Step 1. Open your image and duplicate the open Background layer. To do this, right-click the Background layer in the Layers panel and select ‘Duplicate'. Then, left-click the name of the new layer to rename it; this way it will be easy to differentiate each layer later on.

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Step 2. Open Adjust, Colour, Channel Mixer, then click the box in the bottom left of the window that appears to select the ‘Monochrome' option. This will turn your image to greyscale, allowing you to move the sliders to alter how bright you want each of the three colour exposures in your image. Set a good balance and carry on to the next step by selecting ‘OK'.

Image three for a tutorial on how to create sepia images in Paint Shop ProStep 3. To recreate the grittiness of earlier film types we want to add some noise. Open Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise and a new window will appear. To create our film grain we want to once again check the ‘Monochrome' option in this window before changing the noise mode to either Uniform or Gaussian which is a matter of personal taste more than anything. Next, use press the larger downwards pointing arrow attached to the Noise percentage to open a slider determining this figure; change this so that the grain is evident, but not overpowering.

Step 4. Open Effects, Photo Effects, Sepia Toning to open the Sepia Toning menu. Here there is only one setting; Aging. The higher the value the more apparent the sepia tone will be in the final image: if you age it 100% your image will be a vivid tan colour, 0% will leave it in its original colours, which is black and white here. Set this effect to taste and you've finished creating your sepia image.

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Step 5. The rest of this tutorial is optional; only do this if you want to add a torn edge to your image. First thing we want to do is create a new layer and fill it with white; so click on the Arrow in the top leftmost button in the top row in the Layers pane and select ‘New Raster Layer'. Name this one ‘Paper' and click ok. Now left-click and drag it between the original Background layer and the Sepia toned version's layer.

Step 6. Open Image, Canvas Size and first of all select the ‘Lock Aspect Ratio' option. Now in each of the boxes representing the Height (y) and Width (x) of your image work out about 10% of the image's original proportions (which you are reminded of at the top of this window) and add this to the figure. Write the new dimensions into these boxes and press ok.

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Step 7. Now, enter the Paper layer once again and select the Flood Fill tool by pressing ‘F'. By default you should be able to fill this with white if that is what you want by simply pressing the right mouse button, but if you want a different colour background you may as well go for it.

Image seven for the Paint Shop Pro tutorial about how to create sepia coloured imagesStep 8. Right-click the Sepia layer and select New Mask Layer, Show All. This will create a Mask layer for the sepia version of the image. Then, take the Brush tool (‘B') and draw the shape of your torn edge around your image in black within the Mask layer. All you will see is the parts you paint becoming transparent, but you can always bring any part back by painting it white.

Step 9. In the toolbar there should be an icon that looks like a hand with one outstretched finger; this is the smudge tool. If it isn't there, it's grouped with the tools in the slot below the Brush and Airbrush. Select the Smudge tool and use the toolbar along the top to make the brush small. Now zoom right in to the edge of your image.Image eight for the Paint Shop Pro tutorial on how to create sepia coloured images

Step 10. With the smudge tool paint up and down erratically along the edge within the Mask layer for your sepia image. This will feather the edges like torn paper; try not to overwork any one area though as it will begin to look too blurred. What you are doing here is smudging the transparency and opacity within the Mask layer into each other to create a slight grey area that cuts in and out of the image with great frequency.

Step 11. How good your tear looks at the minute will depend on how small the brush tip you used and the dexterity of your input device. If you're unsatisfied with your tearing you can always try again with a smaller tip anyway. All we want to do now is add a slight shadow; so right-click the group containing the sepia image or any of its layers and select Merge, Merge Group. Then, enter Effects, 3D Effects, Drop Shadow. Set the shadow as you want it and press ok to apply it.  There you have it, a sepia coloured image with a torn edge.

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