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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 New Features, photographer and author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 brings to each phase of the photographic workflow—from importing and editing, to exporting and publishing. This course details Lightroom 3's new importing and asset-management features and its significant improvements in the Develop module, including enhanced sharpening and noise reduction. Chris also shows how Lightroom 3 broadens output options, and shares workflow tips and advice for upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs and working with images processed in earlier Lightroom versions. Exercise files are included with the course.
With this photograph, we are going to have a bit of fun and we're going to explore a new feature in Lightroom 3 which gives us the ability to add film grain to our photographs. Now before I get to the film grain, what I want to do here is simply convert this image to black and white, then maybe add bit of a toned effect to the image, and I'm just going to do this just to kind of buildup an overall effect. All right. Well let's start off by going to the Black & White panel and we'll go ahead and click on BW for Black & White and here we can modify the image in regards of brightness value of some of these different areas of photograph and I'm just modifying the sliders.
Next, I'll go to the Basic panel and in the Basic panel maybe bring in some Fill Light and some Contrast and just look to try to create a really high contrast black and white type of a look. All right. Well now that I've done this, I'll close the Basic panel and I'll go to Split Toning, and again here I'm just having a bit of fun. I'll bring in some color into the ahadows and in this case just a nice little bit of tone there, either red, maybe yellow and then just a touch of color in the Hhighlights as well. All right. Well now that I have this toned black and white photograph, I want to then explore how I can add a bit of film grain.
On order to do that we need to open up our Effects panel. Now I should also point out that you obviously don't have to convert your images to black and white, but I just want to do that here again, just to build up an interesting black and white effect with some grain. All right. Well next, I'm going to zoom into 100%. To do that, I'll click on the 1x1 icon over here in the Navigator panel. This will then give me the ability to really look at how the film grain will interact with this photograph. All right. Let's use the scrollbar and scroll down here so we can focus in on the Grain.
How do these different controls actually work? Well if you increase the Amount, what you're going to do is get more and more grain. Here you can see there's a more dominant grain effect, sitting on top in the image. Well how then does Size work? Well, if you decrease the Size amount there's going to be a smaller kind of granule structure of the grain. As you increase that, the grain is going to become much larger. It also is going to become much softer. You can see how it's kind of softening the image out as the Size becomes bigger, and we can find just the right size there, either a little bit more of a crisp grain that's smaller or a little bit of a bigger grain. All right then.
Well how does Roughness work? Let's increase the Size for a moment and what we can do is with Roughness, if we decrease this, we're going to have a really uniform type of a look to the grain and here we can see that it's pretty equal across the entire image. Yeah, as we increase the Roughness it's almost like there's a different structure there, a different contrast, and again the amount of Roughness is really going to be set by how much we determine in regards to our Size and also our overall Amount.
Let's dial in an appropriate Amount for this image. Hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows. That changes Grain to Reset Grain. Let's reset the grain to the default settings of zero. Next thing you typically want to do is just start to incrementally bring up your Amount. You want to take a look at how that appears in the shadows and also the highlights and then play around with the Size and see what this looks like. See if you want a bit of a softer, bigger effect or a bit of a smaller sharper aesthetic. And then with Roughness, this is going to really be determined based on how much Amount and Size you have.
Here a bit more of a uniform grain or in this case I think it's going to look much nicer to have a little bit of a pattern in there that messes up the overall structure of the grain. It feels a little bit more organic to me. A nice thing about this is we can look at the before and after. Here's before, and then here's after. And one of the things that you'll discover with grain is that it's going to smooth out the transitions from your highlights to shadows, and this was true with film grain, right, because in digital capture, when a Highlight is over-exposed there's just no detail there, but with film, a lot of times the grain would kind of carry a transition through that tonal area of the photograph.
So in this case we're getting a bit of that and that kind of adds to this overall aesthetic that we've created with this photograph. Now of course, I should point out that you can do this with color images, with any type of images, but here I just thought it would be a nice way to experiment with this photograph and perhaps a nice way to process this image by converting it to black and white, adding a bit of toning and then finishing things off by adding just a touch of film grain.
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