Matte Actions


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Matte effects can be used to create powerful and elegant photos, and this set includes a total of 35 Photoshop actions that will allow you to create awesome matte effects very easily. The set includes 26 actions for different types of matte effects, 3 actions for adding different amounts of grain, and 6 actions for adding vignettes to your photos.

The actions in this set will allow you to create a wide variety of different matte effects. You’ll get actions for matte effects with varying degrees of strength (for a more subtle effect or a stronger effect), some actions that use desaturated colors, warming and cooling effects, and more. There are several black & white matte effects included, as well as some mono effects that add a colored tint to give some variety from a standard black & white.

These actions can be used with a very wide variety of photos, but they tend to work great with portraits. The grain and vignette actions allow you the flexibility to easily add those elements whenever you want them, without forcing them to be applied every time you use one of the matte actions. The grain and vignettes can be stacked if you need to create stronger effects.

The matte actions work with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. The actions are compatible in every version of Photoshop since CS4 (which includes Photoshop CS4, including CS4, CS5, CS6, CC, CC 2014, CC 2015, CC 2017, CC 2018, CC 2019, and 2020). The actions for Photoshop Elements can be used in any version since PSE 11 (PSE 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 2018, 2019, and 2020). When you download the file you’ll get two different files for the actions, one for Photoshop users and one for Elements users.

Here is a list of the actions included:

  1. Mild Matte
  2. Moderate Matte
  3. Maximum Matte
  4. Gloomy Matte (desaturated colors)
  5. Icy Matte
  6. Winter Matte
  7. Faded Matte
  8. Rose Matte (a slight red tint)
  9. Strawberry Matte (a slight pink/red tint)
  10. Sepia Tint Matte
  11. Creamy Matte
  12. Hazy Matte
  13. Peachy Haze Matte (a slight peachy tint)
  14. Violet Haze Matte (a slight violet tint)
  15. Low Contrast Matte
  16. Sunny Matte
  17. Vintage Matte
  18. Vintage Matte Light (similar to Vintage Matte, but with a softer effect)
  19. Retro Matte
  20. Retro Faded Matte
  21. Black & White Mild Matte
  22. Black & White Moderate Matte
  23. Black & White Maximum Matte
  24. Black & White High Contrast Matte
  25. Black & White Dirty Matte (brown tint)
  26. Black & White Raspberry Matte (a slight red tint)
  27. Add Grain – Light
  28. Add Grain – Moderate
  29. Add Grain – Heavy
  30. Add Dark Vignette – Subtle
  31. Add Dark Vignette – Medium
  32. Add Dark Vignette – Strong
  33. Add White Vignette – Subtle
  34. Add White Vignette – Medium
  35. Add White Vignette – Strong

If you are a Lightroom user you may also be interested in our Matte Lightroom Presets.

For installation instructions please see How to Install a Set of Photoshop Actions. Product Use License