ON1 Short Clip — Creating a Matte Black & White

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Adding a black & white matte can really change the mood of an image giving it that extra finish that is needed. Creating a matte BW look is simple and once you have the steps it will lead you to creating many different types of matte looks even color ones.

8 comments on “ON1 Short Clip — Creating a Matte Black & White”

  1. On April 11, 2017 at 10:09 am David Price wrote:

    Hi Whitney
    What a simple and effective technique.
    Could the tone curves also be used to produce a high key effect?
    Best wishes
    David Price

    1. On April 11, 2017 at 11:15 am Whitney Stevens replied:

      Yes of course! Curves can be a power tool in creating your looks. Instead of moving the black point and white points up and down you will move them left and right to add more contrast. Thanks for watching, David!

  2. On April 11, 2017 at 10:17 am Adam Rubinstein wrote:

    Nice! Would you mind indicating what output media you find works best in presenting the “matte” look and why (papers, canvas, etc.)?

    1. On April 11, 2017 at 11:19 am Whitney Stevens replied:

      For clients I print all my photos on a matte paper and I also have my lab add a linen texture (which I Love). If you don’t have access to a pro lab I would at least suggest printing on matte paper rather than glossy. If you are printing on your own or have access to a pro lab using a fine art paper can really add to this look. My pro lab is WHCC and they have a Velvet paper surface that is rich and beautiful. Hope that helps! Thanks Adam!

      1. On April 11, 2017 at 6:27 pm Adam Rubinstein replied:

        Appreciate the direction, Whitney and I’ll have to see how it pans out on some of my baryta and watercolor papers. Have you played around with any split toning of the matte look and if so do you have any preferences you would like to share?

  3. On April 11, 2017 at 12:41 pm marc labro wrote:

    beautiful effect ! happy to see black and white portrait retouching


  4. On August 19, 2017 at 4:46 am Peter wrote:

    Thanks for this Whitney – really enjoying your short clip tutorials!

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