How to use Curves in PicMonkey to get a “Vintage Matte” Photo

How to use Curves in PicMonkey to get a Vintage Look

Today I am going to show you how to use “Curves” in PicMonkey to get that VINTAGE MATTE look. This look is very popular right now and there are several blogs dedicated to only posting their photos with the Vintage effect. My favorite place to use it is on Instagram. This process is also very easy to do and I think you will have great fun playing around with it.  


Step 1-3 Curves


Open your photo in PicMonkey:

Step 1. Open the “Effects” tab.

Step 2. Scroll down and open the “Curves” tab.

Step 3. Make sure the Channel is set to “RGB”


Step 4 Curves

Step 4. Set a “Point” directly where the photo shows, to do this just click where you want the point.


Step 5 Curves

Step 5. Grab the bottom left corner of the line and drag it straight up. Make sure you don’t have any strange black hues bleeding through the photo, if you do drag the line you just grabbed down until that black hue is gone. Hit “Apply”.  At this point your photo should have that dull matte finish look.


Step 6 Curves

Step 6. Open the “Basic Edits” tab, then the “Exposure tab, and drag the “Brightness” slider to the right until you get the desired look. Hit “Apply”.


Step 7 Curves

Step 7. Open the “Effects” tab, then “Rapture” tab and adjust the slider to 30%. Hit “Apply”


Vintage Photo Effect with PicMonkey

Now sit back and admire your VINTAGE photo. 


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PicMonkey Tutorial how to use Curves to get that VINTAGE LOOK






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  1. Good tutorial, Dawn. Of course, I can’t do it because I just have the basic PicMonkey. But I’m bookmarking it in case I cave and purchase the premium.


    1. Claudia, this can be done in Lightroom too 🙂

    1. Yvonne, You are so welcome I hope you have fun with it.

  2. This is amazing! You have such a knack for figuring these things out and are so good about sharing. Thank you!

    1. Ann, I normally find a way in Lightroom and then work it out in PicMonkey for everyone else. Enjoy!

    1. Mary, there are many things that can be done in PicMonkey. I normally use the features in Lightroom and then figure out how to do it in PicMonkey for everyone else. It is a great free tool.

  3. Well, this is pretty darn cool, I have never heard of Picmonkey…..but then again…I’m a bit outer challenged. I just figured out I should be using a watermark on my photos….so spent some time on Saturday figuring that all out!

    Have a stupendous day….here in PEI…we are digging out from yet another storm….and another due Tuesday. Today is “Islander Day”……great day if you sled, ski or use snow mobiles!! And to dig out & prep for the next blast of winter.

    1. Charlotte, we are buried in snow here too, I don’t think it will ever end. You can watermark your photos in Picmonkey too and it’s easy.

  4. I have never heard of Pic Monkey as well? Is it an online editor? I used Lightroom for all my processing but dabbled with Photoshop! I really like the landscape photo, is that a wind mill or? Thanks so much = )

    1. Yes, it is a free online editor that it easy to use. Many bloggers use it and like it. I use Lightroom for my blog also but like to find free ways for others to get the same effect. The photo is of a silo 🙂

    1. Kris, we have lots of old photos in our family album that look like this but not on purpose. LOL

  5. Love picmonkey and all the neat things you can do there. Thanks for this info.

  6. Hi Dawndie! Thank you so much for your tutorials. I love the way the vintage looks! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

    1. Shelia, nothing better than a vintage photo that can be created with modern prints.

  7. I so have to try this, love how the picture turned out.

    1. Thank you Rondell, it is fun to do older pic and turn them into vintage.

    1. Thanks Debbie, you will have to give it a try.

  8. Love your tutorials on pic monkey. Do you have any on how to white the background out around your subject? I am struggling to figure this out.

    1. Gina do you mean you want to cut out an object and make it appear like it’s on a white background?

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