Friday, January 30, 2015

CoffeeShop "Burgundy Wine Matte" Photoshop/PSE Action!

When I posted my Lightroom Matte Effect preset pack I had some readers post on my Facebook page that they would love to see a similar set for Photoshop/PSE.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate it when you make suggestions for new freebies for my blog as I am always looking for new ideas for posts.

So you ask and I deliver!  This is the first of a series of color and B&W matte actions for Photoshop/PSE.  I called this one "Burgundy Wine Matte" as it is very similar to my Lightroom version.  As Photoshop does not have a nifty little Lightroom split-tone setting, I had to split-tone this version using Levels.  I will write up a action-unwrapped tutorial for this edit so you can create you own custom split-tone color matte images.

I used a beautiful portrait in this tutorial from Jill Wellington (Blog, Facebook) and my own flower image.

I also wanted to mention if you have purchased any of my download packs (action/preset pack, design pack, mega download pack) within the last two years, please don't hesitate to email me if you want my newest updated version for free!  I update the packs all of the time with my newest goodies and I want you to have my newest version.  These download packs support The CoffeeShop Blog and keep everything I post up here free so thank you for your support!!!

CoffeeShop "Burgundy Wine Matte"  Action Tutorial:

Run the action on your image.  A Curves adjustment layer will pop-up, and you can adjust the point to get your own customized matte-effect. 

After the action finishes you can adjust the opacities of the layers or paint on the layer masks with a soft black normal brush.  In portraits I usually remove some of the Matte Effect layer from faces and most of the Burgundy Wine layer from skin.

I think this action is just beautiful on spring portraits.

I also love it on flowers/still life.  In this edit I made no changes to the layers.  I think this edit is very soft and pretty.

I have a series of new actions coming out in the next week, so please keep my blog bookmarked and send your friends over to The CoffeeShop!!!

Download the CoffeeShop "Burgundy Wine Matte" free action for Photoshop/PSE.  You can also download it here.

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets 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.


  1. This is my first trip to your blog and it definitely won't be the last. Thanks for the neat action freebie. I'm just starting to work with actions and I can't believe I've gone so long without them!

    I'm signing up to get your newsletter and blog posts by mail so I won't miss anything new. Thanks for having those options available.

    Lisa D.