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Sepia toning with Adobe Lightroom

Sepia toning with Adobe Lightroom - How to give a photo a sepia tone using Adobe Lightroom.

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Software used: Lightroom V2.0
Time taken: 5 minutes
sepia toning using lightroom

Sepia toning is a really easy thing to do when processing a digital photo using Adobe Lightroom and it can help give a photo a more appropriate tone to suite the subject. 

Step 1: Find the sepia preset

There are various slides on the right of Lightroom's interface, but you don't even need to go near or understand these. On the left you will see a Preset drop down. Clicking on the arrow opens and reveals a list of all the presets. One of these is Sepia.

sepia toning using lightroom presets

Step 2: Apply the sepia preset

Click on Creative - Sepia and in almost instantly with no effort your picture is converted to greyscale and a brown tone is applied to the shadows and highlight areas. Sepia in a jiffy!  You can search the internet for more Sepia Lightroom presets and add these, or you can flick across to the right hand settings and tweak the ones you have and save the settings as new presets.

sepia toning preset in Adobe lightroom

Step 3: Manually adjust the split toning settings

Click on the arrow on the right split toning pane to reveal the settings and adjust the Hue and Saturation sliders of the Highlights and/or Shadows to change the sepia tone. I prefer a more subtle tone, like the type you would get in the old darkroom days using Agfa Record Rapid paper. So I reduced the saturation delivered by the preset in Step 2.

subtle sepia tone

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