Matte Effect in Photoshop: Five Easy Steps!
Want to do a matte effect in Photoshop? You aren’t alone. A lot of photographers and hacks use this technique to instantly improve good or otherwise-terrible photos. In fact, whenever you have a photo, this effect seems to make it better.
(All joking aside, the matte effect in Photoshop is overused by portrait photographers the world over, from 500 px and flickr to “we heart it” and pinterest. It seems the only ones who haven’t caught on yet are the good folks at 4chan.)
Our sample image.
How to make a Matte Effect in Photoshop
Step 1: Select curves.
Drag your mouse to the top of the screen and click on image>adjustments>curves.
Step 2: Adjust curves.
Make a midpoint in the middle of your curve by clicking the mouse one (1) time. Now bring the bottom of the curve up juuuuuuust a little.
Step 3: Select levels.
Drag your mouse to the top of the screen and click on image>adjustments>levels.
Step 4: Adjust levels.
Click and drag the upper left tab to the right. Click and drag the lower left tab to the right. Click and drag the lower right tab to the left. (Basically, drag all three toward the center. Do not touch the top right tab.)
Step 5: Save that sh!t.
Save and done.
Congratulations. You now win at Photoshop and life. You are now the next Terry Richardson/Annie Liebowitz/whoever. The time and money you have sunk into photography – and the personal sacrifices you have made – are totally going to pay off when the editors of Sports Illustrated/Vogue/American Wedding see your amazing photographs and want to hire you at a six digit income.
Comparison image – left side is original, right side is with matte effect.
Now go online and research the latest camera that can do everything for you so you don’t have to learn real technique.