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How to create dramatic matte effect using Photoshop

In this concise tutorial, we will show you how to apply a dramatic matte effect to your photos using Photoshop. This effect, which has gained popularity over the years, can be learned in just a few minutes. By following the simple instructions provided in the video screencast format, you’ll be able to transform your images into stunning works of art.

This effect can be applied to any photo, making it a versatile technique that you can use to enhance your photography skills. Additionally, this tutorial will give you the opportunity to practice your Photoshop skills and learn new techniques that you can use in your future projects. So, sit back, relax, and let us guide you through the process of creating a beautiful matte effect that will take your photos to the next level.

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Tutorial details


  • Program: Photoshop
  • Time estimation: Under 3 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy


Video transcript:

Hello, and welcome to “Creative Nerds.” In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll be sharing with you how you can create a dramatic matte effect using Photoshop. So, we wanna start off by just duplicating our existing layer that we have of this model. Select Okay. And then we want to head over to Create a New Adjustment Layer, and we want to select Exposure. Then we wanna increase the exposure to 50. So, that looks good. And then we wanna increase the offset to about 0.798. That looks good 0.714. And then we’re just gonna increase the gamma correction to 0.910.

And then we’re going to create a new adjustment layer. And this time we’re going to select Levels. And we’re just gonna increase the levels to be 58 and then select Okay. Well, just press Enter, in fact, and then we’re just gonna group up these layers together, those three layers, and then just drag into the folder icon. And then if we unhide our effect, you can see the original image. And if you check it back, you can see that is significantly a lot brighter and more of a dramatic shot. And this is a nice way you can apply these effects to any photo that you work on in Photoshop. It’s really easy to do it and takes less than a few seconds to achieve the end result. And you can even save it as a Photoshop action to reuse in your projects. Thanks for watching, and stay tuned to “Creative Nerds” for quick tips on how to use Photoshop.

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