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Another way to emulate traditional film is by adding grain to an image. Now this grain is not the same as the digital noise that most of us want to remove from our image. Digital noise tends to be harsher and more structured. Whereas the traditional grain that was created by more sensitive or higher ISO films in the past was softer and more organic. So let's start with the LongRoad image and use Cmd+R or Ctrl+R in order to open that into Camera Raw. Now, in order to add film grain, we'll want to move over to the Effects panel and see at the top we have a Grain option and there's three different sliders. But before I start adding the grain, I want to make sure that I Zoom In to 100%. So I hold down Cmd+Option or Ctrl+Alt on Windows and then tap the 0 key in order to Zoom In.
In order to see more of the bottom portion of my image, I'm going to hold down the space bar, that temporarily gives me the Hand tool and I can pan down to see the road. Now, the amount of grain is the amount of contrast that we're going to be adding to the image. You can see as I move it over to the right, we're adding just a lot of contrast. Let's go ahead and back off a little bit on that. And then let's use the size slider. You can see if I move it over to the left, we have very, very small grain. And if I move it over to the right, the grain gets much larger and if also seems to get a lot softer.
Then we'll also use the roughness slider. If I move it down to the left you can see that the film almost looks like it's been reticulated. Which was a process that you would do traditionally in the dark room by changing the temperature of the developer and basically it would distort the emulsion and it would cause it to clump together. If we move the roughness slider over to the right, you can see that we're going to have very, very different look and feel to the image. So let's go ahead and just take the amount down a little bit.
I'm going to re-do the size and make it a little bit smaller, and I'm also going to take the roughness down a little bit. Of course, this is all an aesthetic choice. There's really no right or wrong amounts of grain that you can add. So, depending on how you're going to display your images that you've added grain to, I would suggest that you try adding a little bit of a variation of either the amount or the size of the roughness. Because sometimes the look and feel of an image can change based on the size that it's displayed.
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