Washed out matte effects seem to be really popular in the Photography scene at the moment. These effects look particular cool when combined with warm vintage tones to add a classic nostalgic feeling to your images. Follow this step by step tutorial to process and transform your shots in Photoshop to create a warm washed out vintage matte effect using non-destructive editing.

Vintage matte photo effect

The photo effect we’ll be creating gives your images a warm colour cast with washed out contrast, taking inspiration from early analogue films. The effect is produced by building up Photoshop’s adjustment layers and blending modes to stack multiple levels of manipulation.

Open up your base image in Photoshop. I’m using a photograph of my motorcycle for this tutorial. By default it has realistic colours and contrast, but a vintage matte effect would complement the classic styling of the bike nicely. Begin by adding a Levels adjustment layer by selecting the option from the adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.

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