A matte film finish effect is a popular look for photo editing right now. In general, a matte finish takes down the deep blacks and adds a bit of a creamy haze over the photo. It’s simple to achieve with the Michelle Kane actions. So many of the tones in the Botanical Blends set produce a matte effect with a variety of color tones mixed in. Also, one of the most popular sets of actions for this effect is the Haze Set from the HeART & Soul Collection, which contains the actions Matte Overlay, Matte Haze, Translucent Haze, and Flushed Haze.
Here I’ve done a very simple matte finish effect on this photo. You can obviously increase the opacities in the Willow action make the effect more dramatic. However, I think replicating the look of film should be done with restraint. Sometimes less is more when it comes to haze and adding in a matte finish.
—Botanical Blends Actions—
Below is a screenshot of the layers palette which shows the final edit using just two actions to achieve the look. I’ve added in the layer opacity percentages for your reference, but this is all covered in detail in the video below.
First: Spicy at 35% for just a bit of a boost in definition and clarity.
Second: Willow, customized as listed. In order to get the very most from the Michelle Kane actions, I highly recommend that you open the action folders and delve into the layers. Adjust, turn layers off and on, play with combos and opacities. You will learn a lot about Photoshop and a lot about making the exact looks you desire. You could also finish off the edit with another action from the Botanical Blends called Wholesome Grain. Adjust the opacity as desired to add in a subtle grain for a great film replica!