Action edit using “Virginia” and “Make Matte”

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It’s been a little while since I’ve done a post with an action edit. Today I chose to use “Virginia” and Amanda’s new “Make Matte”. In this post, I’ll tell you how I got from my SOOC image to my final edit!

heldman -1

I first ran Deep Clean 1 & 2, and made my adjustments, and then saved my clean edit. (please forgive me, I forgot to do screen shots of each step)

Clean edit:

heldman -2 clean edit

Then I ran Virginia (from the “Coast to Coast” action set). The only thing I adjusted was to turn off the “water” layer, and then I set the “lighten up” layer to 26%. I then flattened, and saved that version.

Clean edit + Virginia:

heldman -3 virginia

I hadn’t yet gotten to try Amanda’s “Make Matte” action, and I love the matte look, so I ran it on this image and dropped the opacity to 52%.

Clean edit + Virginia + Make Matte:

heldman -4 mattified

I love the final result! As you can tell from the before & after, the difference is subtle. But sometimes those subtle changes are all that you need! 🙂

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About Beckie

I'm Beckie, a fun, think-outside-the-box mama to 2 miracle children.
I love all things photography, and being able to share in this art with others!


  1. says:

    Great post Beckie! Can’t wait to try this!

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