July 31, 2012
Tutorial Tuesday: Creating Matte Effect
Tutorial Tuesday: Creating Matte Effect
IMG_8245-1Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday! Sarah of Naptime Momtog and I will be bringing you a new challenge every week, to stretch your shooting and editing skills. This week, I was inspired by Paper Heart Camera…specifically, Courtney Kirkland’s recent tutorial on creating the matte effect in Photoshop. In case you missed the tutorial, be sure to click HERE for all the details.

Interestingly enough, I have been using this technique on my images for a while. I think I remember asking someone about a year or two ago “how do you create that airy look in your images?” Matte sounds much more professional. Anyways, here is my SOOC shot to the left.

As Courtney explained in her tutorial, creating a “matte” look can be quickly and easily done by using your levels adjustment layer. But first you’ll want to run a clean edit (I’ll show the clean vs. matte in a moment). With that said, here’s what my levels looked like (to the right). You’ll want to pull the little black arrow on the bottom bar – where it says output levels – to the right. On the other hand, if you want to darken your image (helpful if you’ve overexposed your image), just pull the right side of that bar to the left.

Quick and easy…right? Here’s my clean edit on the right (using Coffeeshop Blog’s Perfect Portrait 3) and my “matte” edited image on the right.
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    Aww, such a sweet shot. I love the matte edit!

    Thanks for the shout out, love! I’m glad to finally know the name for the editing style. I spent a long time on Pinterest and Photography websites trying to figure out exactly how to describe what it was called. I think I finally found it in an action that made the term click. :) What a gorgeous photo. She has her daddy wrapped around her little finger, doesn’t she?

    That photo of Jeremy with his daughter is sooo sweet! Both edits look great, but I love the subtle airiness that the “matte” look gives it. I’m definitely going to be trying it on a few of my own. Hoping you’re surviving the growth spurt stage and enjoying being a family of three!

    What a great shot and I absolutely love your edit! It’s very simple and clean!

    They look so much alike in that shot. :) Cool tip, too!

    thanks for sharing this I have always liked this look.

    Very sweet shot and cool edit!!

    That picture is just precious…He is a natural at fatherhood…So happy for you both…Love ya!

    I’m loving this! Sharing tutorials like this is SO IMPORTANT! Woop woop! Oh, and you might love our facebook editing group here:


    I found your blog by pure luck and I really love it. You have a beauuiftl daughter, you must be so proud of her. We are also parents of a beauuiftl baby boy who is now 6 months old. We would love to have you do a few pictures of him on anything you think would be nice, like a butterfly, or a horse. I am sure that what ever you pick would be good. I am emailing photo’s of him, his name is Brandon. Look forward to hearing from you Frank and Eileen.