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matte effect

Learning new little tricks either in Photoshop or Lightroom is always fun for me. It seems that a trend lately is to give your photos this matte effect. There are apps out there that do this simple little trick for you on your phones and there’s a simple little trick you can do right on your computer in your editing software. 

Here are the steps:

  • Open up any photo you want to edit.
  • Do any edits you would normally make.
  • Go to your Tone Curve or just Curve, all depending on the program you’re using.

There are three steps:

  1. Click on the little box in the lower right corner to close the adjustments section.
  2. Click on the line about 1/4 or 1/3 of the way up the slider.
  3. Drag the very end of the slider up until your photo is set to your liking.

And then of course export or save. If you like the look and want to save it as a preset, just go up to Develop in the main menu of Lightroom, select New Preset, name it, and then Create. Doing that, you now have a ‘one click’ option.

Here are two examples of photos where I used the matte effect.

Both photos are taken at J Dusi Wines.

It’s as simple as that!

Happy editing!

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She has become an amazing teacher of photography

Carolyn has a keen eye for how to compose still life set-ups, using lighting to enhance the scene she is...

Debra Miller Still Life Photographer

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2019-09-28T11:07:32-07:00

Debra Miller Still Life Photographer

Carolyn has a keen eye for how to compose still life set-ups, using lighting to enhance the scene she is displaying.

Her eye for beauty is exceptional!

Carolyn's work is so pleasing! Her eye for beauty in nature as well as in still life is exceptional!
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2019-09-28T11:15:27-07:00
Carolyn's work is so pleasing! Her eye for beauty in nature as well as in still life is exceptional!

She is extraordinarily talented and has a beautiful heart as well.

Her ability to create elegant, serene imagery by marrying both feminine and rustic elements is truly a gift.

Sandi Sutton, Editor The Joyful Life Magazine

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2019-09-29T18:09:06-07:00

Sandi Sutton, Editor The Joyful Life Magazine

Her ability to create elegant, serene imagery by marrying both feminine and rustic elements is truly a gift.

I am so thrilled

I am so thrilled to have worked with Carolyn to find perfect local pictures to have hang on the walls...

Angela McKee

General Manager Best Western Plus Black Oak

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2018-08-15T05:08:35-07:00

Angela McKee

General Manager Best Western Plus Black Oak

I am so thrilled to have worked with Carolyn to find perfect local pictures to have hang on the walls of our newly remodeled King Spa Suite.

She has a gift …

Carolyn has such a beautiful style, simple yet elegant. She has a gift for arranging items and capturing just the...

Rhadonda Sedgwick

Food Photographer

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2019-09-26T18:13:48-07:00

Rhadonda Sedgwick

Food Photographer

Carolyn has such a beautiful style, simple yet elegant. She has a gift for arranging items and capturing just the right light! She is a sweet and talented soul and her still life photography and work speaks for itself!! Gorgeous!
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