Hazy, matte looking photos that have a retro feeling are among some of my favorite photo processing looks. Here’s how to create this matte, hazy look using the HeARTy Photoshop actions.
The first point is to avoid adding extra contrast. So, don’t start off with actions like Bland to Brilliant. We are going for a matte, flat feeling.
1. Silverscreen. Open action in layers palette and turn off the eyeball to the desat layer. This will give you a flat, hazy colored image.
2. Matte Haze & Matte Overlay. Adjust opacities as needed to add more matte feel to the photo.
Steps 1 and 2 are basics for this matte, hazy, retro photo editing. The toning will be variable, depending upon the tones in the original image and what you are trying to achieve. Here’s what I did for this particular cool-toned original image.
3. Kiwi. Kiwi was added to this image to give a light haze with a slight pink undertone. This helped to warm the photo a bit. Opacity was adjusted down.
4. Rosy Dusk. Opacity was adjusted. The image needed more pink and a warm tone like Rosy Dusk help achieve that.
5. Honeysuckle. Opacity turned way down. This is a great warm hazy tone that works very well in creating the hazy, matte look on photos.
6. Sun Kissed Skin. I love this photoshop action for my backgrounds. Here, I painted it on the upper left corner and surrounding her to give a soft, warm, glowing feeling. There was no directional light in the original image, which can make for a very boring photo. Painting in a faux directional light helps to give depth to the image and keep it from looking too flat.
You can experiment with different tones for a light, hazy look to your photos. Here is a list of my favorite HeARTy Photoshop actions that have a haze factor to them and that work well with editing a matte, hazy, retro photo.
- Sweet Delight
- Flushed Haze
- Translucent Haze
- Matte Overlay
- Matte Haze
- Opulent Light
- Sun Kissed Skin
If you like a dark, muted haze, then try tones that create a darker feel such as Mulberry, Sweet Maple and Mocha.