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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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