With the popularity of Instagram exploding now that it's on Facebook, more and more people are rediscovering sepia photos, as sepia is one of the filters you can put your digital photos through to make them look cool. In addition to sprucing up your timeline, sepia photos can also be a neat way to decorate your home or office. If you're not sure what sepia is, where to get sepia photos, or how they can be incorporated into your design scheme, this article should give you a place to start.

Sepia is a dark grayish brown color originally derived from the ink sack of a cuttlefish. Sepia tones are common in black and white photographs taken in the late 1800s and early 1900s because the photographic printing process used sulfides. The resulting tones were not black and white but rather dark brown and white. These tones were much more resistant to fading and environmental degradation than the silver that has been used to develop photos before sulfides became popular.

Common Cuttlefish

Today's sepia, doesn't use cuttlefish ink or sulfides. Instead, it is a purely digital reproduction of the results gained from the Victorian photographic processes, making it much easier to buy sports photos in this style. You can take almost any type of online art, whether it's in color or black and white, and manipulate it digitally in programs like Adobe Photoshop, Instagram, Windows Live Photo Gallery, Phixr, GIMP, and the software packaged with many high end digital cameras. Some of these programs are free to download through the Creative Commons license.

Sepia photos go well with retro decorating themes. If you're going for a Victorian, steampunk, or Old West look, a few sepia photos will fit right in. Sepia photos can also compliment a room done in neutral colors like beige or tan, as their darker brown tones will help it pop while still fitting into the color palate you have chosen for your home. Sepia photos are not a good fit for a room done in colors non complimentary colors (blue, green, red, etc) nor are they a good fit for a room done in dark colors like brown or black unless the photos have a lot of negative space.

To get sepia photos for your design scheme, you can trawl antique shops and flea markets for actual old sepia toned photos to frame. Alternatively, you can convert your own photos to sepia tones and frame them using the above mentioned software patterns. To complement your sepia photos, you can also get artwork done in sepia. The Paintings of Monet's counterparts who used the Grissel style feature colors very similar to the ones found in sepia toned photographs. You may be able to get prints quite cheaply.

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