Sunday, January 27, 2013

CoffeeShop Matte Color Photoshop/PSE Action!



One of the newer Photoshop edits out there is a "matte" photo effect.  It basically darkens the shadows and flattens the blacks thus making the edit look more like a matte print.  It is very popular right now and I have had many requests to "action-ize it".  I think I just make up a new word.  :-)

At first I wasn't sure I liked the effect, but it has really grown on me and it can be quite stunning on certain images (portraits in beautiful landscapes come to mind).  I personally prefer a softer hand with this effect and don't like to add too much haze and my action reflects that.  I should have picked a better image to show the before/after, but I had this one on my desktop and just went with it.

There are many ways to do this type of edit and I just picked my favorite when I wrote this action.  If you want to see the Action-UnWrapped step-by-step tutorial you can find it here.

I also have a few more Matte actions coming out (vintage-my favorite, B&W, tinted B&W), so I hope you will come back and check them out.  I am also working on a new sun haze action that is really pretty.  I am an action-writing maniac right now...

This action and the vintage version (I LOVE this action!) are already in my Action Download pack.  If you have PSE11 and up or Photoshop you might really want to check it out because I have added the actions in one group so you don't have to mess with downloading and loading all of the actions individually.  And if you have older versions of PSE and don't want to bother downloading all of my free actions on posts here on my blog, you can get them all downloaded at once.  The action packs are what keep this blog going, so thank you so much for checking them out!



When you run the action you will see three layers above your background.  If you want less contrast, lower the opacity of Contrast Boost.  If you find the Matte Effect too heavy, reduce the opacity of that layer.  I added layer masks to each layer so you can paint out the effect selectively if you choose.

Mouse over the image below to see the before.  


Download the free CoffeeShop Matte Color action. You can also download it here.

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop Actions or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.

For complete info on installing all of my actions, click here.

23 comments:

Erica Shoults said...

I always love your actions! Can't wait to see the other ones you mentioned!

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Lifesighs said...

Thank you so much :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Kathy said...

can't wait to try it!! thank you!

Patti A said...

Thanks Rita! Can't wait to try it.

Patti A said...

Thanks Rita!

Courtney Brooke said...

This look amazing, I LOVE this effect! Thank you so much!

Kristina said...

Once again, Rita, you've done a great job! I love it! Can't wait for the unwrapped since I don't use photoshop.

Sarah Elliott said...

Been waiting patiently :) You are brilliant!!

Jenneke said...

Thanks so much for this action!! Can't wait to try it!!

K said...

This is great. Just downloaded and played with it, and I really like the subtleness of the effect. It's more subtle on the pictures I've used it on than the samples, and I love that there are layer masks so I can paint back the sparkle in eyes, etc. Fantastic job. Thank you.

Lexie & Jeff said...

Ohmigosh, THANK YOU!!! I have been searching for a tutorial to get this effect-but being the clueless person I am I didn't even know what it was called. This is SO perfect. I can't thank you enough!

carynproutyphotography said...

Another amazing action. Thank you for posting this. I have been playing with the matte effect for a while, but with your action there is just a slight difference and I love it so much more! Thank You!

Here is a before and after. I go for more of a subtle effect, but still gorgeous none the less!

http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq286/caryn_prouty/12Sept23-10-BampAsmall_zps392f99b9.jpg

Krista Q. said...

Thank you Rita! You are so smart. I've been trying to figure out this look but just don't know enough with photoshop to get it. Can't wait to see how you made it.

erica bean said...

Will these load into photoshop? It said I needed to down load GIMP.... not sure why I would need to do that. Thanks!

Rita said...

These actions are for PSE and Photoshop, not Gimp. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you. All your actions are awesome and I wouldn't have a clue on how to create one myself.

Natty said...

OMG, I love your actions! Thank you very much! :)

hilan said...

hi! i love your actions! but i can't use them. :( don't you have a version of this compatible for windows OS?

tangie said...

thanks so much! this is a great action and you are truly so generous to share!! :)

Anonymous said...

My favorite! Thanks.

Adele said...

OMG! I love it!! Exactly what i was looking for. Thank you :)