How to turn a shiny metallic surface into a matte surface?


How do I turn a glossy/shiny surface into a non-shiny or matte surface in Adobe Photoshop?

I have here two images. The first is the image I would like to manipulate. The second image is the look I'm going for (not to replicate everything about it, but I want to achieve the same non-shiny look for the first image).

I'm aware that what I need to do is to dampen the highlights, and lower the contrast, but my attempts at adjusting the highlights via the Shadows/Highlights... menu and the contrast via the Brightness/Contrast... menu did not succeed. Adjusting colors by means of Replace Color... also did not yield success.

What other methods or techniques should I consider?

Original shiny medal. Goal matte medal.

1/15/2015 7:13:00 AM

Accepted Answer

Applying a gradient map as a clipping mask should achieve something like the effect you're after. This quick gradient map:

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Produced this:

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1/15/2015 8:01:00 AM