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Adding film grain

From: Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

Video: Adding film grain

Here we're going to focusing on a new feature inside of Adobe Camera Raw, and this new feature allows us to add Film Grain to our photographs. First, let's go ahead and zoom in on the image and we need to zoom in on the image because if we're adding film grain, we need to actually see how it's interacting with the photograph. If we are too far zoomed out, we won't really be able to see what's happening. So, here, I'll go ahead an double-click on the Zoom tool to take this image to 100% and then press the Spacebar key and click and drag to reposition this, so I can focus in on the important area of the photograph.

Adding film grain

Here we're going to focusing on a new feature inside of Adobe Camera Raw, and this new feature allows us to add Film Grain to our photographs. First, let's go ahead and zoom in on the image and we need to zoom in on the image because if we're adding film grain, we need to actually see how it's interacting with the photograph. If we are too far zoomed out, we won't really be able to see what's happening. So, here, I'll go ahead an double-click on the Zoom tool to take this image to 100% and then press the Spacebar key and click and drag to reposition this, so I can focus in on the important area of the photograph.

The next thing that we're going to do is click on the fx icon to go to the Effects panel. And now in this panel, we can work on Post Crop Vignetting, or we can add some Film Grain. Here, all that we need do is simply click and drag our Amount slider up. As we do that, we can see we can have more or less grain. Now the next control is Size, and this kind of controls the overall size of that film grain, and we can see how that's changed here. This particular slider is a little bit more subtle, while Roughness - kind of as its name implies - is where things get a little bit more creative.

For example, if I click and drag this over to the right and increase my Amount so we can see how this works, we can see that there's a lot of variation in the film grain. Now if I take my Roughness down, you can see it's a little bit more uniform and even. So, we can find just the right spot in order to dial in what type of texture we want. In this case, I have, of course, added way too much. Typically, what you're going to want to do is just add a little bit, and sometimes what I found what this can do for you is it can either add just a little bit of a nice style to your photograph, and it can also, sometimes, smooth out some gradations in your highlights or in different areas of your image.

So, again, I'm just going to look to try to find a spot where I think this looks good and again, I'm just going for something pretty subtle to kind of add to the overall aesthetic of this image, so that it looks a little bit more like it was captured with film. The other thing that I want to highlight here is this really signals a new direction for Camera Raw. For the most part, Camera Raw has been about how we can functionally work on our images. But now with this addition of Film Grain, it's kind of a new way of thinking and perhaps pointing to a new direction for Camera Raw, which is how can we apply nondestructive edits to our images that are creative, just for creativity's sake so that we can begin to do more of our work which we used to do in Photoshop, now in Camera Raw, in order to have this extra added flexibility? If you haven't experimented with adding Film Grain in Adobe Camera Raw, I definitely recommend that you try it out.

It's pretty easy to use, and it can sometimes lead to some creative results.

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Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 51s
    1. Welcome
      2m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
  2. 17m 14s
    1. Introducing PDF watermarking
      2m 9s
    2. Adding a custom watermark to a PDF
      5m 16s
    3. Using the new Export panel
      4m 45s
    4. Improved batch renaming
      3m 9s
    5. Working between Bridge and Photoshop
      1m 55s
  3. 20m 11s
    1. Getting started with Mini Bridge
      4m 17s
    2. Creating a custom Mini Bridge shortcut
      2m 1s
    3. Working with Bridge and Mini Bridge
      2m 18s
    4. Finding and reviewing photos
      4m 15s
    5. Opening documents
      4m 22s
    6. Customizing the position and display
      2m 58s
  4. 16m 54s
    1. Sharpening enhancements
      5m 1s
    2. Reducing noise
      5m 23s
    3. Using Post-Crop Vignetting
      3m 51s
    4. Adding film grain
      2m 39s
  5. 4m 58s
    1. Selecting and modifying a Photoshop workspace
      1m 52s
    2. Creating a custom workspace
      3m 6s
  6. 6m 48s
    1. Adjusting layer style effects on multiple layers at once
      2m 41s
    2. Modifying multiple layers at once
      2m 34s
    3. Dragging content into Photoshop as a Smart Object
      1m 33s
  7. 20m 56s
    1. Making better selections using Smart Radius
      6m 21s
    2. Removing a model from a background
      10m 12s
    3. Changing the colors of a shirt
      4m 23s
  8. 7m 46s
    1. Using the new brushes in a photographic workflow
      5m 52s
    2. Getting more efficient with brushes
      1m 54s
  9. 10m 17s
    1. Content-aware spot healing
      3m 17s
    2. Replacing backgrounds with Content-Aware Fill
      4m 19s
    3. Cleaning up multiple elements with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 41s
  10. 4m 24s
    1. Cropping and straightening a photograph
      2m 47s
    2. Auto-straightening a photograph
      1m 37s
  11. 12m 27s
    1. Accessing lens correction
      1m 10s
    2. Automatic lens correction
      2m 24s
    3. Working with the custom lens correction controls
      4m 53s
    4. Customizing lens distortion removal
      2m 12s
    5. Panoramic lens correction
      1m 48s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Toning HDR photographs
      5m 21s
    2. Blending HDR toning for a more subtle effect
      4m 34s
    3. Working with HDR Pro
      4m 52s
    4. Getting creative with HDR Pro
      4m 11s
  13. 20m 43s
    1. Working with the Target Adjustment tool
      2m 26s
    2. Working with the new HUD color picker
      5m 8s
    3. Creating a neutral density gradient
      3m 25s
    4. Changing a photograph to black and white using the LAB action
      3m 15s
    5. Launching Photoshop in 32-bit mode
      3m 1s
    6. New printing settings
  14. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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