Pretty Presets has a million fabulous black and white presets. Okay, maybe not quite a million! But with the new Black and White Workflow Collection there are A LOT black and white combinations to be had.
But for several years, I have had a favorite Pretty Preset for changing images to Black and White. Today, I want to show you how I pair that preset with a matte preset to make a beautiful matte black and white photo.
Watch the video below or follow the steps after the video to see how I use my favorite black and white preset and make it matte.
I guess I just couldn’t quite give it up. I love the Dreamy B&W preset from the Dreamy Baby Collection and have loved it since the moment I got it. I have used it on teenagers, little kids, still life images, and even on a baby.
Recently, I began playing around with the Dreamy Baby B&W preset in combination with some of the matte presets to get the look I love in a matte form.
I started with this “straight out of camera” image of my daughter.
I applied my favorite Dreamy B&W preset from the Dreamy Baby Collection. In the Basic panel, I decreased the exposure back to 0. **Note: This is what looked best with my photo. You may not need to do this for yours. Do what looks best.** This is what I had after applying the Dreamy Baby B&W preset.
Next, I moved to the Clean and Creative Advanced Workflow collection and applied each of the matte presets to choose my favorite one. I liked both Hazy Matte and Make Matte. Hazy Matte gave my photo a much more dramatic matte effect. Make Matte added a little more contrast to my photo and gave the photo a much more subtle matte effect.
Never be afraid to play around with your Lightroom presets. You really can’t mess your photo up and you might just stumble on a look you love!