Lightroom 5 Essentials: 04 Develop Module Advanced Techniques
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Creating a unique look with the Grain controls


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Lightroom 5 Essentials: 04 Develop Module Advanced Techniques

with Chris Orwig

Video: Creating a unique look with the Grain controls

Let's take a look at how we can use the effects panel in order to add a film grain effect to our photographs. In order to begin to understand how we can use the various sliders which we have here in the Effects panel, I'm going to begin by working with a demo file. So let's select the demo file and then next I'm going to zoom in on it to a one to one perspective. I'm using this demo file which is just a shade of gray so that we can kind of understand how these sliders work and not be distracted by working on a photograph. Well as I increase my overall amount, you can see that we can increase or decrease the overall effect. Next we have the size slider.
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  1. 2m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
  2. 23m 59s
    1. Cropping your photographs
      3m 19s
    2. Cropping and rotating your image
      3m 45s
    3. Changing the crop aspect ratio
      3m 30s
    4. Straightening with the Crop tool
      3m 24s
    5. Drawing out a crop area
      1m 42s
    6. Changing your crop orientation
      1m 30s
    7. Working with the crop overlay
      4m 18s
    8. Synchronizing crop settings
      2m 31s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool: Part one
      5m 7s
    2. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool: Part two
      5m 47s
    3. Spot removal: Clone versus Heal
      6m 45s
    4. Cleaning up distractions in the background
      5m 28s
    5. Retouching away linear issues
      4m 46s
    6. Removing dust spots on a lens
      4m 38s
    7. Fixing red-eye
      2m 15s
  4. 14m 3s
    1. Introducing the Graduated filter
      4m 53s
    2. Darkening the sky with the Graduated filter
      3m 7s
    3. Balancing exposure with multiple Graduated filter adjustments
      2m 51s
    4. Enhancing a sunrise with the Graduated filter
      3m 12s
  5. 47m 26s
    1. Adjustment Brush overview
      4m 15s
    2. Improving exposure and color with the Adjustment Brush
      4m 59s
    3. Using Auto Mask to limit an adjustment to a specific area
      4m 33s
    4. Erasing an adjustment if you make a mistake
      3m 26s
    5. Creating a color-reduction effect
      3m 23s
    6. Selective sharpening
      2m 55s
    7. Correcting exposure
      4m 23s
    8. Improving shadows and highlights
      4m 24s
    9. Whitening teeth
      3m 30s
    10. Improving the eyes
      5m 33s
    11. Minimizing moiré patterns
      1m 27s
    12. Adjustment Brush and Basic panel workflow
      4m 38s
  6. 15m 22s
    1. Introducing the Radial filter
      5m 8s
    2. Using the Radial filter to create a vignette
      2m 40s
    3. Applying selective sharpening with the Radial filter
      3m 13s
    4. Improving the light workflow with the Radial filter
      4m 21s
  7. 6m 31s
    1. Reviewing the toolstrip shortcuts
      1m 17s
    2. Turning on Solo mode
      2m 22s
    3. Using shortcuts to open and close panels
      2m 52s
  8. 16m 10s
    1. Demonstrating the Tone Curve controls
      4m 45s
    2. Improving exposure and color with the tone curve
      3m 56s
    3. Using the tone curve to correct and enhance
      4m 44s
    4. Recovering shadow and highlight details with the tone curve
      2m 45s
  9. 15m 44s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      4m 13s
    2. Changing color with the HSL controls
      2m 58s
    3. Improving color and tone with HSL
      3m 30s
    4. Using the HSL and Basic panels together
      2m 11s
    5. Making subtle color improvements with HSL
      2m 52s
  10. 24m 16s
    1. How to make compelling black-and-white conversions
      4m 31s
    2. Using the Black and White panel, the Basic panel, and the Adjustment Brush
      5m 14s
    3. Advanced black-and-white workflow
      6m 13s
    4. Using presets to convert to black and white
      3m 16s
    5. Creating black-and-white virtual copies
      2m 55s
    6. A conversation about creating better black-and-white photographs
      2m 7s
  11. 18m 46s
    1. Split-toning essentials
      3m 23s
    2. Creating unique color with split toning
      4m 54s
    3. Adding a warm tone with split toning
      4m 16s
    4. Using split toning to craft a cross-processed look
      3m 10s
    5. Applying and creating split-toning presets
      3m 3s
  12. 24m 40s
    1. Introducing how the Sharpening control works
      5m 0s
    2. Gaining a better understanding of noise reduction
      3m 26s
    3. Using the Detail panel to improve your photographs
      6m 44s
    4. Improving the noise and sharpness of an underexposed image
      4m 31s
    5. Enhancing the details for a well-exposed photograph
      4m 59s
  13. 31m 15s
    1. Leveling your photographs with Upright
      2m 58s
    2. Removing distortion with the Basic and Manual controls
      8m 0s
    3. Improving an environmental portrait with Upright
      2m 26s
    4. Making dramatic perspective improvements
      3m 8s
    5. Correcting fish-eye distortion
      2m 39s
    6. Making subtle perspective corrections
      5m 46s
    7. Removing color fringing or chromatic aberration
      4m 1s
    8. Quick and easy color fringing removal
      2m 17s
  14. 15m 21s
    1. Creating a unique look with the Grain controls
      4m 19s
    2. Adding or removing lens vignetting
      5m 8s
    3. Applying a vignette to a cropped photograph
      3m 19s
    4. Creating a border effect
      2m 35s
  15. 10m 23s
    1. Improving color with camera calibration profiles
      3m 39s
    2. Customizing color with the calibration controls
      4m 1s
    3. Creative color with camera calibration
      2m 43s
  16. 33s
    1. Next steps
      33s

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In this Lightroom 5 Essentials installment, Chris Orwig breaks out the Adobe Lightroom power tools. Learn advanced techniques to improve images with creative color, retouching, and other effects in the Develop module. Chris shows you how to crop and straighten your photographs for instantly improved compositions; remove dust and distracting background elements; selectively paint in adjustments to make your subject's skin, teeth, and eyes shine in portraits; and make both subtle and dramatic color changes, including black-and-white conversions. Plus, learn to increase image quality through noise reduction and clarity adjustments, apply split toning and vignettes, and correct for lens distortion.

Topics include:
  • Cropping and straightening photos
  • Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
  • Enhancing the sky with the Graduated Filter tool
  • Improving exposure and color with the Adjustment Brush
  • Modifying tone with the Tone Curve controls
  • Creating better black-and-white photos
  • Reducing noise with sharpening
  • Split toning to create a sepia tone
  • Correcting distortion
  • Understanding camera calibration in Lightroom
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Creating a unique look with the Grain controls

Let's take a look at how we can use the effects panel in order to add a film grain effect to our photographs. In order to begin to understand how we can use the various sliders which we have here in the Effects panel, I'm going to begin by working with a demo file. So let's select the demo file and then next I'm going to zoom in on it to a one to one perspective. I'm using this demo file which is just a shade of gray so that we can kind of understand how these sliders work and not be distracted by working on a photograph. Well as I increase my overall amount, you can see that we can increase or decrease the overall effect. Next we have the size slider.

As you decrease the Size slider you'll notice that the grain takes an appearance which has more contrast. The whites and whiter and the blacks are blacker. As we increase the size, the grain becomes bigger. And also, in a certain way, it becomes more subtle. Now, the size of the grain will really depend upon the photographic. How much you actually want to notice a grain. You can also change the characteristics of the grain by working with roughness. As you decrease roughness, well, the grain will look more uniform. As you increase it, there's a little bit more variety in the way that the grain appears.

Let's now apply what we've learned here to a photograph. Here I'll click back to my Fit and View and click on a portrait that I capture. This is a bridal portrait that I captured in one of my other training courses. The course was on bridal portraiture. And in this case, I like the nice elegant look of this picture, I like the overall light. What I want to do is to make this image look a little bit more like it was captured with film. I want to change this (UNKNOWN) here. So what we can do is go ahead and click to zoom in, say to a fill perspective, so that we can get a little bit closer to the image.

And then start to add a bit of film grain. Keep in mind, though that in order to evaluate the film grain, sometimes what you need to do is zoom in even further. It really depends upon how you're going to display or print the photograph as well. So let's begin with this perspective here. I'll go ahead and increase my amount. I want to keep the amount relatively low. If we go too high, it will be overpowering. So here I'm going to keep the grain amount low. Because there are skin tones in the photograph, rather than having a large grain size, what I'm going to do again is keep the this really small.

This will give it a nice, even look. Sometimes this can also help to even out the tones that you have in your photographs as well. And keep in mind too, this works great with color or black and white photographs. Now for the roughness, here we can go ahead and decrease the roughness. And often you would think that that would look better, yet what I find is it's just too consistent. It's too noticeable. As you increase the roughness, it almost helps to make the grain blend in a little bit. So here in my own workflow, I tend to have a little bit of a higher roughness versus a lower roughness. Again, this depends on each particular photograph.

So I'm going to go ahead and scale these values back. And then after I've done that, what you also may want to do is zoom into a 1 to 1 perspective. Here we'll click on the 1 to 1 option in the navigator panel. Well now when we get this close, we realize that you know what, the grain is actually too intense. Let me show you what I mean. Well, here I'll click on this flip switch. There's the before, yet the digital image here looks a little bit too perfect. When we add a little bit of grain, it does add some nice feeling to this but it's a bit too strong. Well, the strength of the effect though really depends upon how you're going to print the image or display it. In other words, let's say that I was going to print this image on my favorite paper which is Epson Velvet Fine Art.

Well, this amount would be perfect. That's because that paper is really soft and the ink actually absorbs into the paper and there's a bit higher dot gain. In other words, it just creates a little bit of a softer look. Yet, if I was going to print this on a different paper, what I might want to do is just reduce my amounts here and also the size a little bit. In order to disguise or to hide that grain. I should also point out that as you add film grain, you may want to go back to some of your other controls which we've talked about. The Basic panel or some of your color controls, and further customize the look or the color in order to achieve a particular aesthetic.

Well, either way you can always do that but here I want to highlight how we can work with these sliders. And I'm hoping that this demonstration has helped you to understand how you can use these sliders or controls in order to add a grain effect to your photograph. Here let's click on the flip switch so that we can see. Here is the before and then I'll click again so that we can now see the after.

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