Photoshop Actions + Raw Formula for a Matte Look with Pop

Photoshop Actions + Raw Formula for a Matte Look with Pop

If you love the matte look with rich colors, here’s how an MCP customer Christine O’Connell edited this image to achieve the style with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) +

–> MCP Fusion Photoshop Actions <–

I will start by saying “I LOVE THIS PICTURE.”  I like it straight out of camera.  I’d like it color popped and probably vintage too.  It is just so fun.  I originally asked Christine if I could edit it and share with all of you, but when she sent me her edit and raw settings, I decided rather than even take the time, I would just share hers with you.  So fun!  I hope you enjoy.


before photo


What was done in Adobe Camera Raw for CS6 (earlier versions do not have all these settings available):

You can see the changed settings – Exposure to -0.55, Contrast to -18, Highlights to -37, Shadows to +46, Whites to +8, Blacks to +52. You could do this same tweaking in Lightroom 4.


editing in acr



Here is the Photoshop actions formula used after editing the RAW image:

Her Blueprint Formula:

  • Ran Khaki at 40%
  • Used Color Fusion Mix and Match –  Ellie’s Field of Dreams – 11%, Creamsicle – 9%, Passion – 19%, Rustic – 16%, Sentimental – 26%, Slumber Party – 25%, One Click Color – 75%
  • Flatten then run Magic Skin at 50%

matte look edited with photoshop actions

To see more of Christine O’Connell’s work, visit her A Million Sighs Photography Blog and Facebook.


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  1. December 14, 2012 at 9:18 am — Reply

    I love the Fusion actions, and I love seeing recipes for using them!

  2. Ashley Larsen
    December 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm — Reply

    Thank you for this! Needed some new ideas with fusion, I was also intrigued with her ACR settings. Exposure looked good to me, I would have never thought to lower it to -.55.

  3. September 16, 2013 at 3:01 am — Reply

    I am relatively new to the world RAW. Can photoshop actions be run on a RAW file, or does the file have to be converted to jpg first? I am trying to avoid quality loss.

    Thank you,

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Photoshop Actions + Raw Formula for a Matte Look with Pop