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How to Make a Deep Matte Effect in Photoshop

How to Make a Deep Matte Effect in Photoshop

Photoshop Photo Effects

Applying a matte effect to a photo has been a trend for a while now. The cool thing is this effect can be used over almost any type of photo: Landscapes, lifestyle, fashion, and of course on portraits. But often the matte effect you may find on the internet won't work for all of your images because they are made for a specific type of photo. We know not all the images use the same effect settings due the nature of the photo. A landscape with many green tones will not work the same way as a portrait of a person. Today I will show you a very simple way to make a Matte Effect that works on almost any kind of image and that you can adjust later (if needed) to fine tune the end result. Please, keep in mind that every image is unique, so the settings I will show you here should be taken as a basis for all of your images. It may require some different values on each setting depending on your photo, but for sure will work on most of them.

Before we begin, if you want to follow this tutorial exactly as described, please download the following free image from Pexels: Download.

Step 1

Open your image in Photoshop.

Step 2

Go to Layer > Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object.

Step 3

Go to Filter > Camera Raw Filter.

Step 4

In the Camera Raw window expand the Basic tab and apply the following settings.

Step 5

Expand the Curve tab. Be sure to select the Point Curve option and add 3 new anchor points by clicking 3 times anywhere on the curve graphic.

Step 6

Still in the Curve tab, apply the following values for the Input-Output of each of the points:

  1. 0-30
  2. 68-57
  3. 128-121
  4. 190-200
  5. 255-245

Step 7

Next, expand the Detail tab and apply the following values for the Sharpening, Noise Reduction and Color Noise Reduction.

Step 8

Expand the Color Mixer tab and apply the following values.

Step 9

Lastly, expand the Effects tab and apply the following values for the Vignetting option.

A Final Tip

If you want to adjust some of the effect settings later, simply click on the down arrow of the image layer to reveal the layer effects and then double click on "Camera Raw Filter" to open the Camera Raw window. Make your adjustments and then click Ok in the Camera Raw window.



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