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[Preset Included] How to create a Sepia effect in Lightroom

Creating a sepia effect in Lightroom does not only mean to drag the Temp slider. You also need to take care of the Shadows, Highlights, Contrast, and HSL. I am going to show you exactly the same. Let’s see how to create a sepia effect in Lightroom.

This is going to be a short tutorial. Almost all Lightroom tutorials are the short one you only play with sliders.

Oh yes, if you want to download the preset, I have it here for you. No sign up is required.

Download Lightroom Sepia preset

This link will scroll you to the bottom of the tutorial. If it doesn’t, scroll to the bottom. You can see more Lightroom presets here.

Note: If you want to make some adjustments in the photo like removing a person, swapping the face with a smiling face, adding a person, swapping the background, or anything else, just let me know. I can do it for you at a very minimal cost. You can hire me to edit your photo.

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Let’s see the before and after.

Before

Before.jpg

After

After

Let’s begin.

Step 1: Increase the temp

This is the first step and the most important one. Sepia effect basically means that your photo should have a yellowish tint.

  • Increase the temp slider to +20.

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This will add a yellowish effect to your photo. This is not everything. We need to do a lot more things.

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Step 2: Adjust the tone

Time to adjust the tone.

The goal is to make the shadows bright and dim the highlights. Also, increase the colors in the photo.

  • Decrease the Highlights to -40
  • Increase the Shadows to +90
  • Increase the vibrance to +63

3.jpg

Note: If you want to make some adjustments in the photo like removing a person, swapping the face with a smiling face, adding a person, swapping the background, or anything else, just let me know. I can do it for you at a very minimal cost. You can hire me to edit your photo.

GET MY FREE DEMO

This will make the photo brighter.

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Go to the HSL panel.

I am asked by some of you that they don’t see the Hue, Saturation, and Luminance tab. This is because you’re in the “Color” panel. Click on the “HSL” in the title and you’ll see them.

  • Increase the saturation of the Yellow color to +90

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This will slightly increase the yellowness in your photo.

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Step 3: Adjust the split toning to create a sepia effect in Lightroom

The shadow is already having the sepia tint. We need to give the highlights a sepia tint.

Go to the Split Toning panel.

  • Increase the Hue to 60
  • Increase the Saturation to 10

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Your photo should look like this.

After

Download the Lightroom sepia preset

As I promised at the starting of this tutorial, here’s your preset.

Download Lightroom Sepia preset

Note: If you want to make some adjustments in the photo like removing a person, swapping the face with a smiling face, adding a person, swapping the background, or anything else, just let me know. I can do it for you at a very minimal cost. You can hire me to edit your photo.

GET MY FREE DEMO

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