Matte Split Toning Photo Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Hello everyone this is Chris from Spoon Graphics back again with another tutorial This time I've got a photography themed tutorial where we'll be using Photoshop to create a cool photo effect that mimics some of the authentic effects photographers used to create back in the analogue days of photography, before the days of digital processing

The two effects we'll be combining are split toning and the matte look, which are really trendy styles at the moment thanks to filters such as Instagram, but you can also see these kind of effects all over fashion shots and hipster style culinery food photos In the olden days before you plugged your camera into your computer and downloaded your images, you had to process your camera film using various chemicals in a darkroom Before Photographers could mess around with Photoshop Blending Modes they would experiment with chemical toners to produce different colours, which is where all the popular digital cross processing effects come from Other effects also used to come from using different films and paper One effect we'll be mimicking in this tutorial is the washed out low contrast look from printing onto matte paper, but that's enough of the history lesson for now, let's get started and I'll talk through the effects as we go

Open up your chosen image in Adobe Photoshop The easiest way to produce this matte effect is by adjusting the Levels Add a Levels Adjustment Layer by selecting it from the icon at the bottom of the layer panel This will allow us to non-destructively edit the image, unlike the standard Image > Adjustment > Levels tool Drag the shadows handle of the bottom slider inwards to reduce the contrast of the image and weaken the blacks to give the photo a cool washed out look

Then darken the shadows by dragging the normal shadows and midtone handles inwards on the main histogram With just this one step we've already created a popular effect that is used on those trendy high fashion ads, but let's make a few more tweaks Now, black and White photography was much more common than colour photography, and it also creates much more moody photos Add a Black and White adjustment layer to take out all the colour while retaining the contrast of the image One of the most popular analog effect is split toning, where the print is bleached with a sepia toner, which gives that classic vintage brown look, followed by selenium, which affects the darker shadows to give the image a harsh mix of bluey greys and orangey yellow tones

The result is a dejected mood which works great with photographs of abandoned ruins or any scene you want to have a gloomy feeling To create this effect, add a Curves Adjustment Layer in your Photoshop document Change the drop down menu to the Blue channel, then we want to increase the blues in the shadows but decrease them in the highlights So grab the start and end points of the curves graph and move them upwards for the shadows but downwards for the highlights The highlights are looking a little bit too greeny now, so switch to the Green channel and bring down the amount of green in the highlights by adjusting that curves graph

The effect is almost there, but it looks a little bit too purple, so switch to the Red channel and bring down the red in the shadows to move the hue slightly further towards blue Finally, no analog style photo effect would be complete without a touch of film grain Go to Layer > New > Layer and change the Mode to Overlay, then check the Fill with 50% grey option Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and configure the settings to 10%, then check the Gaussian and Monochromatic So just those few steps finishes off the washed out matte split toning effect in Photoshop

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