Photoshop -5 steps for creating matte photo effects

Are you looking for that vintage-y soft appearance using Photoshop? In this video tutorial, you’ll discover how to make an effect of matte in Photoshop. The effect of a matte provides your images with a soft faded, classic look. The effect was inspired by analog films, and gives a soft, washed-out and a muted appearance. This effect can easily be recreated with Photoshop by using adjustments layers as well as the Camera Raw filter. We’ll get started!

Step 1: Start the Image. Step 2 – Open the Image

It is a given that you need to select the correct image for each photograph effect you’re seeking to duplicate. If you don’t have the correct picture, it could be extremely difficult to create the right effect. To create matte effects, examine images that have the highest contrast, usually those with a little bit of the more bright aspect. Since, we’ll wash out the contrast. Likewise, should you select a picture which isn’t sharp enough plus decreasing the contrast, it could surely ruin the picture.

Check out the below image, it is an excellent image that has bright and high contrast.

Step 2 – Wash Out Contrast

To create a soft and comfortable feel it is necessary to raise the shadows on the picture. It is possible to do this by removing the contrast with adjustments layers.

Select layer > new adjustment layer Levels and drag the slider of black towards the left until you begin experiencing a faded effect begin appearing in the image. Be sure not to go towards the left, but remain within the gray area that you can see where the shadows beginning to fade because you don’t wish to erase all detail in shadows.

If you’re confused by this process, in simply means that it gives softness to the picture.

Step 3 – Mute Colors

The matte effect is characterized by subtle color tones, and appears obvious when you have a soft appearance. When you look at vintage photographs, the shades appear slightly muted. I’d suggest a muted color palette works well with the retro look and that’s the reason why you need to muffle the colors.

For removing the colors little, click the Layer menu > New Adjustment Layer Vibrance and then remove the color by reducing the Vibrance level to 21.

I’m going to go with the Vibrance rather than saturation since I don’t want to muffle all colors at one shot. I prefer muted, subtle hues in my photograph.

Step 4: Add the Color Overlay

The retro effect works great when warm tones are added onto the image. This effect can be created with the help of color overlays with Adjustment Layer.

Click on the Layer menu, New Adjustment Layer Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color and select to use the colour #d83d2d. It is possible to select the color you’d like to use.

Set the Blending option change it to Screen and change the level of opacity to 46 percent.

You are able to experiment playing with color by using the layer called Solid Adjustment. Double-click the layer and alter the color as warm amber hues could be an excellent choice. You can see that you can see an overlay of colors added to the image.

Step 5 Step 5 – Include Grain

It’s not required and I have used the camera raw filter to give a touch of grain to the photo. The first step is to create a merge layer with all layers using CTRL + ALTER + Shift + E.

Visit the Filter tab and select Camera Raw filter.:

On the Effect panel In the Effect panel, raise the grain level in the Effect panel to create grain on the photo. We can see that we have grain that has been added to the image. This gives an artistic appearance to the photo.

Through a couple of modifications, I was able achieve the result below. The Before and After results.

Thank you for reading the guide I’m sure you’ve liked the process. Please let me know if have any questions. Comment below.

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