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Browsing through stock images and video footage, it can be difficult to find pictures and video that represent the full diversity of people, cultures, and experiences that make up this world. Representation, and misrepresentation, matter; Here’s how and why you should be giving it careful thought when putting together your video or photo project.

Why Representation Matters

Let's call a spade a spade: film-making and photography are dominated by white men, and that's a problem. It’s important, for everyone, that both who is on camera and who is behind the lens becomes more inclusive and diverse.

Representation in projects should strive to be diverse because life is diverse. If we exclude women, or people of colour, or the differently-abled (physically and cognitively) from our projects, then we’re basically saying there is no place for those people in real life. A recent advert from British Airways sums this up quite well, gathering people from different backgrounds to showcase Britain

All Kinds of Humanity

Say you’re looking for stock footage of high-level executives for a project: I know from experience that on stock sites you’ll mostly find middle-aged white men when you search. If we then use that footage (and you can understand how that occurs, if there’s no alternative) what happens?

Listening to a Lecture by Pressmaster, from Envato Elements

Not only are we perpetuating the idea that only white, male faces are suitable for positions of power and responsibility, but we’re also saying to stock sites that these white, male faces are what want more of. We get stuck in a loop. That same dynamic, writ large across all the images a society uses to describe itself, creates injustice by dehumanising whole groups of people and gives cover to exploitation.

How to Spread the Love
Avoid ‘Tokenism, Accept Difference

It’s all well and good saying be more inclusive in your images or video, but it's important to be very deliberate in your choices. Adding in someone simply for the marketing angle without understanding the dynamics of representation is obvious and insulting. The thing is, if something is out of our direct experience then sometimes, we just don’t know, and that’s okay, but it’s important to ask those who do know.

Avoid Stereotypes, Accept Complexity

Perpetuating stereotypes can verge from the disrespectful to the outright racist, sexist, or elitist, and we should always be conscious that we’re representing people fairly.

For example, a search term of ‘gang’ shouldn’t bring up predominantly young, Black men.

Gendered beauty norms are another powerful example: There was a news story recently about a man who went to buy his daughter a football shirt, only to find the male models were sporty footballers and the model for the women’s version was positioned as ‘sexy’ rather than sporty.

This type of destructive imagery, based on longstanding prejudices and assumptions, can creep in to, well, sadly, everything. It’s up each of to us to consider not just the aesthetic or commercial aspects of our work, but how it will impact real people.

Make the Change

It’s corny as heck, but change starts with us, and the only way we’re going to see better representation in film and photography is if we push for it, both in our own photos and videos and on the projects we work on. Small things, like how you shoot your own footage or what you choose to represent in your stock images, can be the start that makes a big difference.

 
Envato Elements

Envato Elements has a growing library of stock photography and stock footage by a diverse group of authors and contributors from around the world. You can download as much as you like for a monthly subscription and it’s being added to all the time.

If you make great content that you want to sell, you might also consider becoming an author on Envato Elements.


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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create an action in Photoshop to add film Photoshop effects to your photos. I will explain everything in so much detail that everyone can create it, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time.

For more film Photoshop effects, don't forget to check our list of five film Photoshop actions in this article.

What You'll Need

To recreate the design above, you will need the following resources:

1. How to Start Creating an ActionStep 1

First, open the photo that you want to work with. To open your photo, go to File > Open, choose your photo, and click Open. Now, before we get started, just check a couple of things:

  1. Your photo should be in RGB Color mode, 8 Bits/Channel. To check this, go to Image > Mode.
  2. For best results, your photo size should be 2000–4000 px wide/high. To check this, go to Image > Image Size.
  3. Your photo should be the Background layer. If it is not, go to Layer > New > Background from Layer.
Step 2

Now go to Window > Actions, and in the Actions panel, click on the menu icon in the top right-hand corner. Choose New Set to create a new set, and name it Film. Then, click on the same menu icon again, choose New Action to create a new action, and name it Film as shown below:

2. How to Make the Base Adjustments
Step 1

In this section, we are going to make the base adjustments to the photo. Press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate the Background layer.

Step 2

Now go to Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights, and set the Shadows to 30% and the Highlights to 0% as shown below:

Step 3

Name this layer Reveal Details.

Step 4

Press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches. Then, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map to create a new gradient map adjustment layer and name it Overall_Contrast.

Step 5

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Overlay and set the Opacity to 40%.

Step 6

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation to create a new hue/saturation adjustment layer and name it Overall Saturation.

Step 7

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, set the Saturation to -10.

Step 8

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels to create a new levels adjustment layer, and name it Overall Brightness.

Step 9

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, enter the settings below:

3. How to Create a VignetteStep 1

In this section, we are going to create a vignette. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient Fill to create a new gradient fill layer, name it Vignette, and use the settings below:

Step 2

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Multiply and set the Opacity to 30%.

4. How to Create a Color LookStep 1

In this section, we are going to create a color look. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color to create a new solid color fill layer, name it Color Look 1, and choose the color #17244d as shown below:

Step 2

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Subtract and set the Opacity to 20%.

Step 3

Select the Vignette layer, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Photo Filter to create a new photo filter adjustment layer, and name it Color Look 2.

Step 4

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, set the Filter to Warming Filter (81) and Density to 30% as shown below:

5. How to Create the BordersStep 1

In this section, we are going to create the borders. Select the Color Look 1 layer, choose the Rectangle Tool (U), click anywhere inside the canvas, and set the Width to 3351 px and Height to 125 px.

Step 2

Press Control-A on your keyboard to make a selection of the canvas. Choose the Move Tool (V), and click on Align Top Edges and then on Align Horizontal Center to align the layer both vertically and horizontally. Then, name this layer Top Border.

Step 3

Now press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer and drag it just below the Top Border layer in the Layers Panel. Then, press Control-A on your keyboard to make a selection of the canvas. Choose the Move Tool (V), and click on Align Bottom Edges to align the layer vertically. After that, name this layer Bottom Border.

You Made It!

Congratulations, you have succeeded! Here is our final result:

5 Film Photoshop Actions

Want more film Photoshop actions? Here is our quick list of five amazing film Photoshop effect actions you may want to give a try:

Vintage Film Photoshop Actions

Giving your images that coveted vintage film look is only a click away. This pack of 10 Photoshop actions is just the thing you need to turn your images into retro works of art.

FilterGrade Film Series II Photoshop Actions

The FilterGrade Film Series is a fantastic collection of film effects and realistic, movie-like photo actions. From Wild West to horror film, loads of cool effects are included! Our most popular collection of film Photoshop actions to date.

Random Film Generator Pro

Create unlimited random film effects in just one click with these Photoshop actions. You can get effects that look like photographic film, expired Polaroid prints, and more. The actions can generate up to 20 effects at a time, and the effects can be exported as LUTs to be used in other software.

Digital Film Supply 2 Action Bundle

Digital Film Supply is a series of 88 high-end Photoshop actions inspired by film photography and high-quality presets like VSCO.

50 Film Noire PS Actions Bundle

This is a huge collection of colour grading actions and presets, allowing you to create everything from a retro look to a modern touch in your photography.

You may also like:


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Trying to capture super-steady handheld video? There’s no better way than using your camera’s viewfinder. Not only does the viewfinder show you the exact perspective of your finished video, it also increases stability. In this lesson from Slavik Boyechko's course on making video on the go, you'll learn how to use the viewfinder as a point of contact to stabilize your shots.

 
Three Points of Contact

Viewfinders add stability to your footage by turning your head into a point of contact for your camera. Shakes and bumps are reduced, and deliberate motion looks smooth and planned. 

What you see in the viewfinder is exactly what the camera sees, and what your audience will see in the finished video. When filming this way, tuck your elbows close to your body. Keep your breathing normalized—not held, not too deep. Aim for a natural posture; holding an awkward position might cause camera shake.

Viewfinders come in two types—electronic and optical. Optical viewfinders are tiny windows; you’re actually looking through your lens. Electronic viewfinders are tiny screens. 

Even if your camera doesn’t have one of these, attachments like optical loupes transform your camera’s screen into a usable viewfinder. They’re great for capturing fast motion, or handheld shots with zoom. The trick is matching your camera with your goal: See what you’re equipped with, and how it aligns with the type of videography you’re doing.

Like any good technique, viewfinders have a learning curve. Plus, the plethora of add-on accessories can be confusing. For a quick look at some options—and to explore their possibilities—the above tutorial is a great place to start. You’ll see various viewfinder options and accessories put through their paces in the field, and how you can bring them to your own work.

Keep Learning

Videos like this, along with stock videos, graphics, templates and more are available as part of membership to Envato Elements. Elements is a low-cost, all-you-can-download creative toolbox on a monthly membership.

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Noise and grain aren’t always something to get rid of. A little noise can be used for a variety of reasons in your video: to create a particular look or even to hide things you’d rather your audience didn’t notice. In this quick tutorial I’ll explain why you might want to introduce noise into your film, and some of the best ways to do it.

Why Add Noise to Video
Grain Creates a Cinematic Look

We’re spoiled with having a choice of affordable, amazing tech at our disposal. As recording devices and the way we watch films improves, footage can sometimes now look too clean and sharp, particularly for some film genres. For example, I recently watched a show that combined documentary-style interviews with re-created footage, but they’d processed them both in the same way and it was… odd.

Adding a little grain can help with a cinematic look, and gives your audience a specific frame of reference. There are ways we’re used to ‘seeing’ in cinema in particular – 24fps, letterbox format and so on – and we find that familiar and comforting, for want of a better word. Watching something that looks too smooth and realistic can actually put people off; we’re just not used to it.  

A Sense of Nostalgia

You might deliberately try to emulate a particular era, or even just to age some contemporary footage you’ve shot. Adding grain or other textures, can be a great way to ‘dirty’ this new, clean footage up and help achieve the look you’re after.

It Can be a Sticking Plaster

Adding grain can help to hide things you’d rather your audience didn’t see. If you have banding in your colours, or compression artifacts, then including noise can mask those. However, beware when adding grain to videos intended for online uploading, like Facebook and YouTube. Those platforms will heavily compress your video. If you’ve added noise, that’s extra information in your video that will be processed and compressed and can result in more artifacts than you were originally trying to hide.

Photo by Joshua Newton on UnsplashHow to Add Grain and Noise to Your Video
Use a Built-in Generator

One of the easiest ways to add grain is to use the add-ons your editing suite comes with. There are things to consider when you’re adding grain this way. Adjust the opacity and blending mode of your noise layer(s) to get a more tailored result. If you’re trying to recreate an old film look, you’ll probably want several layers, one each for the different effects like noise, scratches and dirt for example.

Use a Photograph

You can use a still image with transparency to add noise or a texture. If you do this, it’ll look more realistic if you add some movement to it and so better replicates moving cinema film. Fractal Noise in Adobe Premiere Pro lets you add noise with motion.

Try a Template

A template pack can give you lots of customisable objects in one easy template. Give this one a try, from Envato Market:

Vintage and Grunge Film Effect 06 for Adobe After Effects

Try this Adobe After Effects pack to add a variety of effects to your film. The pack includes noise (or grain), scratches, vignette, light leaks and more. The links to the free fonts used in the preview are included too.

Vintage and Grunge Film Effect 06More Great Video Helpers
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Particle effects—also known as wavy distortion—can add an innovative animation style to your videos, with everything from gritty sci-fi effects to luscious lighting. In this top three we explore the best particle effect video templates for Apple Motion available on Envato Elements. You'll find options built for logos, intros, and more.

Particle effects feel like a flash from the future for animating your logos and graphics.

All of these templates are included with a subscription to Envato Elements. For a single, flat monthly rate, you'll unlock unlimited downloads of amazing video templates and other content. No matter your skill level, you can use these to create stunning videos in seconds!

1. Colourful Particles Logo

A particle logo reveal is a stunning way to introduce your brand. This template makes it easy, with swirling graphics and a quick pace. With bright colors and a light theme, this one really makes your logo look fresh. First impressions are key: make a good one here.

 
2. Particle Light—Apple Motion

Particle Light is an elegant, cinematic particle template designed for versatility. Use it for your next reveal, intro, or opener. Smooth animations make it suitable for almost any project.

 
3. Particle Energy Blast Logo Reveal

This explosive opener is sure to get audience attention. It's a great option for bold intros and trailers. It's fully customizable, and you can apply it to your video with just a few clicks.

 
More Particle Animation Resources



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1. What’s an Outro?

You’ll no doubt introduce all your YouTube videos when you start them, but thinking about how to end them is a little trickier. Wrapping up your video neatly is just as important as getting the intro right, and creating an ‘outro’ (sometimes referred to as an ‘end slate,’ that you use across all your videos, can really help. It generally takes the form of a short slide that includes links and a call to action.

2. How to Create an Outro for YouTube Video

After you’ve given your subscribers some great video content, the last thing you want is for that to fall off a cliff, so creating a structured way to end your video is sensible, and will help with your brand continuity.

A good outro also gives your subscribers, fans, and potential new followers a call to action—like watching another of your videos, or subscribing to your channel via a button.

Some things to consider when making your outro:

  • Keep it short: under 10 seconds is ideal
  • Simple designs get more engagement—don’t crowd your outro with information
  • Keep your branding and imagery consistent
  • Make sure your call to action is as relevant to the video as possible, so link to similar videos, relevant products and so on
3. Try a Template

Using a template can help you achieve consistency and high-quality, professional results quickly and easily. Here are 10 great template examples of Adobe Premiere Pro templates that can help you with your YouTube outro. These are all available from Envato Elements, where you can download as many as you like for a monthly subscription.

1. Overlays Generator

This pack of overlays for Premiere Pro contains light leaks, shapes, grids, and much more. Perfect for adding a little pep to your outro.

 
2. Youtube Promo

Make a short YouTube outro with this slideshow template created in ‘interactive’ style. It’s dynamic, colourful and engaging.

 
3. Glitch Logo Reveal

Include a funky, glitch-style logo as part of your outro on your Youtube video with this Premiere Pro template. It’s a great one for gaming and tech videos in particular.

 
4. YouTube

This template is based around promoting your YouTube channel, but would also work well as a short, snappy outro.

 
5. Colorful Opener

Opener templates generally work well for outros too, and help you keep everything consistent. This opener is colourful and fun, with a really fresh feel.

 
6. Lava Broadcast Package | Essential Graphics | Mogrt

The Lava Broadcast Package is a motion graphics template to help you add information to your video. Try it on your YouTube outro to help fans find more great videos from you.

 
7. Youtube Promo

This promo is a spinning cube style, with placeholders for video on each ‘face’. Tease more videos in your outro and help potential subscribers see what you have to offer.

 
8. Youtube Logo Reveal

This simple and stylish logo reveal is designed specifically for your YouTube channel. Use it as part of your intro and outro for consistency and to help cement your brand.

 
9. Particle Swish Title

Get swept away by a fancy particle reveal for either your brand name, logo or video title. Great for both YouTube intros and outros.

 
10. Minimal Logo Reveal

Keep it simple with this elegant logo reveal based around clean shapes, with a glitch effect. This Premiere Pro template would really suit tech and science videos.

 
More YouTube Help

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A parallax effect, (or Ken Burns effect, named after the filmmaker) involves panning and/or zooming on a still image to give the effect of motion or animation, like in a video. Here, we'll look at how (and why) you might want to add parallax animation to your photographs.

1. Why Add Parallax Animation to PicturesMake Your Stills Engaging

Showing a demonstrative or relevant still in your film is great, and often necessary; but let’s face it, it can be a bit dull, visually. Adding some motion to your image helps to make it more engaging and interesting. It also helps to slightly blur the lines between still and motion, so it’s not really obvious there’s suddenly no movement in your video.

Give Images New Life and Adds Production Value

You can combine your movement with other effects like smoke or sound, so you can really make what was a still image, into something entirely different. This can work particularly well when it comes to demonstrating old archive images which might not be of great quality (video example below). It’s more acceptable to mess around with an image if someone knows you’re not trying to pass it off as genuine footage, it’s stylised and that’s okay.

The Apollo Space Program - Envato Parallax Slideshow Contest - YouTube
2. How to Add Parallax EffectsWhat Images Work Best with a Parallax Effect?

In theory, you can add motion via parallax to just about any image, but there are certain scenarios in which is works best. Here are some things to consider when you’re thinking about adding this effect:

Image choice and Making Selections

Choose a photograph that has minimal background clutter. This way, you’ll find it easier to select or isolate your main subject without the background looking odd. Ideally you want to have at least three layers (though you can do it with two) foreground, middle, background.

When you cut out your main subject, it can be useful to feather the edges a bit to soften them, so they don’t look too sharp. Fill any holes you create with tools like Content Aware and, essentially, use your best judgement to fill in gaps—one easy method is to actually knock the background out of focus, creating an artificial depth of field, which also serves to give it more of a three-dimensional look.

Adding Movement

Movement will vary, but let’s consider at an example of moving something left to right. Imagine you’re travelling on a train—stuff whizzes past the window but the things in the distance move slowly. With your image, everything should move in the same direction, and the foreground moves faster than middle-distance, middle-distance moves faster than back. You should move all the layers, even a little, for the best effect.

Be wary of screen size because the bigger the screen the more exaggerated the movement will be—be subtle about it, less is always more.

3. Add Parallax Movement Using a Template

Templates that help you to add motion can be useful in many ways, whether you’re just starting out and need help creating some basic movement o  more sophisticated animation like bends and twists.

This parallax template, from Envato Market, comes highly recommended:

Photomotion X - Biggest Photo Animation Toolkit (5 in 1) for Adobe After Effects

With Photomotion X you can really take stills animation to the next level. Create movement within the sky, sea and smoke with the Mirage feature, animate faces with Portrait, make cinemographs directly in the software with Glacier, and much, much more.

Photomotion X - Biggest Photo Animation Toolkit (5 in 1) Live Photos 3D

Or, as an alternative, try Live Photos 3D, from Envato Elements: mask your image and start the template to bring your photo to life.

 
More Handy Parallax Tutorials
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In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use After Effects scripts. You'll see how to use a text animation script to apply effects easily in your projects.

Labor Saving Scripts for Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is the premier solution for creating animations and motion graphics, used for everything from hobbyist projects to Hollywood productions. It's a professional-grade video app with features to create practically any animation.

The challenge is in learning all the tools. If you don't have the time to invest in mastering After Effects from the ground up, you can skip ahead by using pre-built projects.

In this tutorial, we're going to work with a script—basically a little bit of programming that adds extra features to After Effects—called Curva Script. It's a beautiful way to animate script text in After Effects.

 

For comparison, check out this example of a project built from scratch in Adobe After Effects in the tutorial below:

Where to Find Adobe After Effects Scripts

The best place to find top After Effects scripts is Envato Market. This site has some of the most powerful scripts that you can use to create a deep variety of animated videos.

A quick glance at Market's library shows scripts that can help you do all of the following:

  • aw_PreviewGenerator—generate GIF previews of your After Effects projects
  • Cartoon Style—re-create some of your favorite cartoon effects with just a few clicks
  • Chartz!—animate your data to life with this script, perfect for financial and data-driven presentations
  • ParaLight—create parallax and pseudo-3D animation

All of these scripts condense complex After Effects operations into a few steps. Even better, they're typically well-documented and customizable so that you can match them to your project's purpose. 

Envato Market is home to quality of scripts and templates that you can use in Adobe After Effects to help you avoid designing everything from scratch.

In this example, I'm going to work with the Curva Script tool for After Effects that I showed above. Let's learn how to use it.

1. Install Curva Script

First, it's important to note that every script features a different installation process. It's important to check the documentation that's included in each project so that you can follow the installation correctly.

In the case of our example, there are a few steps in the documentation that we need to follow before using Curva:

  • Moving a ".jsxbin" file to the After Effects / Scripts folder (valid on both macOS and Windows)
  • Enabled an option to let scripts talk to a web server (see screenshot below) to register the Curva Script license
  • Entered your license key

Curva Script requires activation. You'll need to adjust an After Effects preference so that scripts can access the network. On the After Effects > Preferences menu, find the Scripting & Expressions section and make sure Allow Scripts to Write Files and Access Network is ticked.

Because Curva needs activation, you should go to the Preferences > Scripting & Expressions menu option and tick Allow Scripts to Write Files and Access Network.

Again, these steps are going to vary based upon the individual script and version of After Effects that you're using. It's important to check the documentation so that you use each script properly.

2. Convert Text to Shapes

Let's walk through an example of using an After Effects script. The purpose of Curva Script is to add a nice animated, hand-scripted effect to your text. In my example, I started by typing text onto a new composition.

Now, you'll need to convert the text to shapes so that Curva Script can work with it. Right click on your text and choose Create Shapes from Text to convert it. 

Right click on your text and choose Create Shapes from Text to begin working with it in Curva Script.

Now, we're ready to start working with the script. If you can't already see the Curva window, go to the After Effects > Window > Curva Script to open up the panel.

3. Apply the Script to Animate

Applying the script effect requires selecting the individual letter shapes and animating them. On the timeline, open up the text letter and find the first individual letter. Select it, then click on Animate on the Curva panel.

Open up an individual letter path from the layers on the timeline to start animating it.

On the pop-up window, you'll see an outline of the letter that you selected. You'll want to click on two consecutive green points on the shape so that you can animate the letter. Choose those consecutive points, then select an Animation Type dropdown for various effects. Then click OK to lock in your animation.

On the Curva pop up, click on two adjacent green points on the letter shape to set where the animation starts.

That's it! Just repeat this process with each letter layer to create a scripted animation.

More Adobe After Effects Resources

In this tutorial, you saw that After Effects scripts are the key to automating design steps on your video design project. And thanks to Envato Market, you can benefit from the pre-designed steps that other talented animators have created for you.

Check out the round-ups below for other After Effects projects that give you a headstart in creating your next video. You'll see that the best way to work in After Effects is to use a template or script to save hours of design work.

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a Photoshop action to add matte photo effects to your photos. I will explain everything in so much detail that everyone can create a good matte effect, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time.

Before We Get Started

A matte effect is a simple yet effective photo effect that is going to give a beautiful look to your photos. The best thing is that the matte photo effect is just going to work with pretty much any photo you choose. However, we are going to create not just a matte effect but a Photoshop action that creates a matte effect.

What are Photoshop actions? Photoshop actions are simply tools that you can use to create amazing Photoshop effects, usually with just a few clicks. They are automated sets of commands, and you don't need to go through each step manually, which can take a lot of time, especially if you want to apply the effect to multiple photos.

After we've created the matte Photoshop action, you'll then be able to open any photo, run the action, and get a matte effect in no time. Check out the article below if you want to learn more about Photoshop actions:

What You'll Need

To recreate the design above, you will need the following resources:

1. How to Start Creating an ActionStep 1

First, open the photo that you want to work with. To open your photo, go to File > Open, choose your photo, and click Open. Now, before we get started, just check a couple of things:

  1. Your photo should be in RGB Color mode, 8 Bits/Channel. To check this, go to Image > Mode.
  2. For best results, your photo size should be 2000–4000 px wide/high. To check this, go to Image > Image Size.
  3. Your photo should be the Background layer. If it is not, go to Layer > New > Background from Layer.
Step 2

Now go to Window > Actions, and in the Actions panel click on the menu icon in the top right-hand corner, choose New Set to create a new set, and name it Matte. Then, click on the same menu icon again, choose New Action to create a new action, and name it Matte as shown below:

2. How to Make the Matte Adjustments
Step 1

In this section, we are going to make matte adjustments to the photo. Press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches. Then, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map to create a new gradient map adjustment layer and name it Overall Contrast.

Step 2

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Overlay.

Step 3

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels to create a new levels adjustment layer, and name it Overall Brightness.

Step 4

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, enter the settings below:

Step 5

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves to create a new curves adjustment layer and name it Color Look.

Step 6

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, enter the settings below:

Step 7

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Vibrance to create a new vibrance adjustment layer and name it Overall Vibrance/Saturation.

Step 8

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, set the Vibrance to +20 and Saturation to +7.

Step 9

Press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot, and then press Control-Shift-U to desaturate this layer. Then, go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the Radius to 2 px.

Step 10

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Hard Light and name it Overall Sharpening.

3. How to Turn the Result Black and WhiteStep 1 

In this section, we are going to turn the result black and white. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Black & White to create a new black and white adjustment layer and name it Black & White.

Step 2

Now change the blending mode of this layer to Color.

You Made It!

Congratulations, you have succeeded! You have now learned how to create a matte Photoshop effects action. Here is our final result:

8 Matte Photoshop Actions and Photoshop Filters

Want more matte Photoshop actions? Here is our quick list of eight interesting matte Photoshop effects actions you may want to try:

Wedday Matte Photoshop Action

Wedday is specially designed for wedding photography. It will provide a soft and non-destructive matte pastel toning, enhancing the overall look and feel of your images, adding atmosphere and an artsy touch. Plus that little white balance tune-up that you were looking for.

Matte & Faded Photoshop Actions

Give your photos a beautiful and stylish matte & faded finish with this set of 17 Photoshop actions.

FilterGrade Chill Series Photoshop Actions

The FilterGrade Chill Series is a fantastic collection of chill photography effects. Basic fades to advanced photo filters take your image to the next level. Special noise effects are included. This is the best collection of Chill Photoshop Actions around.

Matte Pastels

Matte Pastels is a set of film-like effects inspired by the beautiful post-processing style of photographer Masashi Wakui. The Photoshop actions are compatible with Photoshop CS5 and newer.

Sensation Matte Mobile Lightroom Presets

Sensation Matte Mobile Lightroom Presets Pack features 11 carefully handcrafted filters, which allow you to add a gloomy matte finish and create beautiful edits in your photographs with just a click. The toning and colors of these filters are usually quite cool and dark for a moody feel, but some presets also beautifully emphasise color and warmth.

10 Matte Photoshop Action

This matte effect is a complete action pack containing ten perfect Photoshop ATN for fashion photography. These presets are specially developed for fashion photographers. A professional photographer can save precious time by using this effect.

Vintage Matte Photoshop Action

This action is designed to transform your photos into Photoshop vintage matte actions. It's specially developed for vintage matte type images.

10 Matte Photoshop Action

These actions are ideal for graphic designers and photographers, with only one ‘play’ click to add amazing colors. It's very easy for use and has the right organisation of filters in a group, where you can adjust the colors.

You could also check out our recommended Photoshop portrait actions:

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Look up tables (LUTs) can be a time-saving way to colour-grade your film footage. Not only that, they can provide you with inspiration if you’re not quite sure where to start. And if you're still gaining experience with editing they can help create grater consistency in your productions. LUTs are handy!

What are LUTs?

I mentioned that LUTs are for colour grading—they’re a way to apply a particular look to your imagery in an automated way, without having to make those changes yourself, though you can then tweak, adjust and change to suit your project.

LUTs are often cross-compatible with different programmes. So if you find an Adobe Photoshop action pack, or a set of presets for Lightroom, it might often also contain LUT versions of those files, so that you can then use them in Adobe After Effects for example.

LUTs can be corrective—fixing the colour to bring it back to how it should look naturally—or creative, to add a particular look, feel or style to your film.

Try a LUT (or Two, or Three...)

Pre-made helpers can be hard to find at times but there are some good assets out there. Here are some great packs from Envato Market.

1. Premium Looks Photoshop Actions (Vol. 2)

Create an emotional and nostalgic connection with this pack of actions that also contain a file of LUTs for use in Adobe After Effects (CS5 or newer)

Premium Looks Photoshop Actions (Vol. 2)2. 100 Film Lightroom Presets

With 100 universal LUTs included, you’ll be spoilt for choice with this set of film-look presets. As a bonus, the pack also comes with an additional set for protecting skin tones.

100 Film Lightroom Presets3. Neon Tokyo—32 Lightroom Presets and LUTs

This very cool looking set contains 32 LUTs with bright, neon light effects. Shadows are desaturated and highlights become more vibrant, for a look that really pops!

Neon Tokyo—32 Lightroom Presets and LUTs4. 40 Traveller Lightroom Profiles and LUTs

Add this pack of LUTs to your collection to recreate popular travel looks, with protection for skin tones.

40 Traveller Lightroom Profiles and LUTs5. Urban Desaturated Lightroom Presets and LUTs

There are 24 LUTs in this pack, to help you transform your footage to a gritty, urban style.

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