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Adding film grain with Camera Raw and Photoshop

From: Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

Video: Adding film grain with Camera Raw and Photoshop

Here, we're going to take a look at how we can add some film grain to a color image, yet we're going to go beyond that. This is going to be a little bit of an advanced movie, so just hang tight. Stick with me here, because what I want to do is take a look at how we can create two files in Adobe Camera Raw, how we can then combine those two files together inside of Photoshop. Well, to keep things simple, let's go ahead and click on our fx icon, and then let's zoom in on the image by clicking on it with the Zoom tool. Next, we'll go ahead and increase our Amount and our Size, and all that I want to do here is just have an Amount and Size, which looks pretty nice in regards to this photograph.

Adding film grain with Camera Raw and Photoshop

Here, we're going to take a look at how we can add some film grain to a color image, yet we're going to go beyond that. This is going to be a little bit of an advanced movie, so just hang tight. Stick with me here, because what I want to do is take a look at how we can create two files in Adobe Camera Raw, how we can then combine those two files together inside of Photoshop. Well, to keep things simple, let's go ahead and click on our fx icon, and then let's zoom in on the image by clicking on it with the Zoom tool. Next, we'll go ahead and increase our Amount and our Size, and all that I want to do here is just have an Amount and Size, which looks pretty nice in regards to this photograph.

Well, here, I think that looks pretty good. I really like how it treats Highlights. That was true with film grain or actual film grain, versus digital. It kind of clips Highlights. You have all of a sudden this drastic loss of detail. Before, there was kind of this nice gradation. I like what that did up here in this top part of the image. Press the P key. Here is our before. And then press again. There is after. Another technique that advance retouchers use is they add a little bit of film grain to the skin to kind of smooth it out.

It puts a uniform texture over skin, making it look a little bit more uniform, without making it look smudgy or unnatural. Well here, we can see a couple of those improvements. The skin looks fine, yet one of the downsides of this is this screen has been applied to the eyes and the lips and the nose. I especially don't want it over the eyes. So, here's what we're going to do. We're going to simply click Open Image. This will then open the file up in Photoshop. Next, we'll go back to Adobe Bridge. We can do so by clicking on this icon here.

Then we'll press Command+R or Ctrl+R to open this one up. Let's go to that Effects panel, remove the film grain. All right. Well, now that we've removed that, let's go over here to our Sharpening or Detail panel. I'm going to increase my Sharpening just a bit. Add a little bit more detail under those eyes, and then I'll click Open Image. Now here that I have two images. We can see we have these side by side. What we can do is combine these two together. To do that, press the V key. That will make you select the Move tool. Then click in one of the images, hold on the Shift key and click and drag, and drop that image into the other.

Here I'll press the F key to go to Full Screen View and then Command+Plus to zoom in. Now, once I've zoomed in, you can see that I have one layer, the Background layer, no film grain, top layer, lots of film grain. Well, all that I need to do now is either erase part of this image or create a mask, and limit what's coming through in a particular area of this photo. Now, if you're not familiar with masking, this will be a bit of a stretch, and you may want to watch some of my other movies, where I talk about masking in Photoshop. Yet for here, let's just go ahead and take a look at how this works.

All we'll do here is simply click on the Add Layer Mask icon. Then we'll press the B key. Select our Brush tool. Here we want to paint with black. We'll choose a nice, soft edge brush, no hardness there. As far as the size, we want a pretty small brush, actually, a little bit smaller than that. The Opacity, it's nice to start with a low Opacity, so that you can kind of build this effect up. Here, I'm just painting in a few brush strokes over these eyes. As I do this, it's going to be a pretty subtle, little effect, that's kind of nice to start to bring this down a bit.

Let's zoom in even further, so you can see how we've done here. If we Shift+Click this layer, we'll see the before and after. Here we have before and then after. If we turn off the underlying layer visibility, we'll see that what we've done here is just said, "Hey, limit this area. Don't allow the film grain to be visible." We've done that by creating a mask. Then we can go ahead and click on that Background layer. We can see now that we have the film grain applied, but not into certain areas of the photograph. The other nice thing about this is we can experiment with a number of different techniques here, one, simply lowering the Opacity, and finding the sweet spot for the grain.

This was a little bit too intense, but now, before and then after. That actually looks really good. Zoom out a little bit, and you can see before and after. It's a really nice, subtle amount of film grain. I'm loving that look! Maybe hard to see here in this movie, but at least on my monitor, it's looking really nice. We can also do some other things. If we feel it getting really creative, sometimes, we can crank this up and then take this to a Blend mode of say Soft Light. Now when we go to that Blend mode of Soft Light, it will increase the Contrast and whatnot. But we can always lower the Opacity here and do some of our other Photoshop tricks, or do some advance blending, or whatnot.

Well, that's a little bit outside of the scope of what we're talking about here today. So, I'll just leave this on Normal. I'm going to simply lower the Opacity and just take that down. The other thing I might want to do is add a bit of a Feather to my mask edge. That will just soften the transition area. Now, here at this juncture, we've successfully used Adobe Camera Raw to add some film grain. Then we combined that with some of our Photoshop skills, in order to create an image, which looks even better.

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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

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  1. 8m 57s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Should I use Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 21m 7s
    1. Bridge overview and preferences
      4m 9s
    2. Camera Raw preferences
      3m 17s
    3. Raw vs. JPG or TIFF files
      3m 5s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      6m 13s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      4m 23s
  3. 28m 44s
    1. Project overview: Cover photo shoot
      2m 6s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      3m 3s
    3. Cropping and composing
      2m 35s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 39s
    5. Removing distractions
      2m 46s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 29s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 24s
    8. Adding a vignette
      2m 10s
    9. Making a localized correction
      1m 45s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      3m 11s
    11. Re-editing Camera Raw settings
      57s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 39s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      5m 5s
    2. Image adjustment tabs and panels
      5m 8s
    3. Using the histogram
      2m 4s
    4. Previewing before and after different adjustments
      2m 4s
    5. Working with multiple files
      1m 52s
  5. 23m 17s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      6m 3s
    2. Opening JPGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      2m 57s
    4. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      3m 35s
    5. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 5s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      1m 41s
    7. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 28s
  6. 13m 56s
    1. Using the Crop and Straighten tools
      2m 23s
    2. Working with the Crop tool
      3m 39s
    3. Cropping with an aspect ratio
      2m 26s
    4. Composing with the Crop tool
      2m 33s
    5. Creative cropping
      2m 55s
  7. 10m 29s
    1. Improving color balance
      2m 23s
    2. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      1m 35s
    3. Color correcting with white balance cards
      2m 31s
    4. White balance vision and creativity
      2m 22s
    5. Color balance resources
      1m 38s
  8. 30m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 59s
    2. Recovering highlights
      2m 29s
    3. Making basic exposure enhancements
      1m 59s
    4. Making basic adjustments more quickly
      2m 18s
    5. The relationship between tone and color
      2m 40s
    6. Enhancing color and tone
      1m 9s
    7. Demystifying clarity
      3m 36s
    8. Increasing clarity
      3m 48s
    9. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 28s
    10. Improving color with Vibrance
      2m 4s
    11. Using Vibrance and Saturation together
      1m 38s
    12. Color creativity
      2m 9s
  9. 8m 55s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point tone curves
      4m 53s
    2. Using the parametric curve
      2m 7s
    3. Using the point curve
      1m 55s
  10. 15m 29s
    1. Removing blemishes on a face
      4m 36s
    2. Cloning away small background distractions
      3m 37s
    3. Removing distracting background elements
      1m 55s
    4. Cleaning up a studio background
      1m 31s
    5. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 25s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 25s
  11. 46m 13s
    1. Demystifying the Adjustment Brush
      3m 37s
    2. Correcting exposure by brightening shadows
      2m 23s
    3. Painting an effect into a photograph
      4m 41s
    4. Increasing visual interest by brightening shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Increasing visual interest by heightening saturation
      5m 0s
    6. Whitening teeth
      3m 33s
    7. Adding color to makeup
      5m 58s
    8. Changing color
      4m 12s
    9. Selective sharpening
      6m 8s
    10. Eye sharpening and skin smoothing workflow
      4m 28s
    11. Creating custom Adjustment Brush presets
      2m 10s
  12. 11m 33s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter
      4m 55s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter
      3m 15s
    3. Creative effects with the Graduated Filter
      3m 23s
  13. 33m 26s
    1. Noise reduction
      6m 33s
    2. Reducing noise and sharpening
      6m 36s
    3. Sharpening more effectively
      7m 18s
    4. Edge sharpening in an architectural photograph
      3m 1s
    5. Sharpening a portrait
      2m 3s
    6. Using the Detail panel to soften skin
      7m 55s
  14. 16m 18s
    1. Introducing HSL
      3m 38s
    2. Modifying color and tone
      3m 52s
    3. Enhancing a fashion photograph
      3m 5s
    4. Enhancing color and tone with HSL
      3m 16s
    5. Getting creative with color
      2m 27s
  15. 13m 59s
    1. The black-and-white controls
      2m 43s
    2. A simple black-and-white conversion
      2m 5s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      3m 52s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      5m 19s
  16. 6m 40s
    1. Traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 26s
    2. Toning a color photo creatively
      3m 14s
  17. 11m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the Lens Correction controls
      3m 48s
    2. Correcting lens vignette
      1m 59s
    3. Correcting lens vignette more quickly
      1m 21s
    4. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      4m 9s
  18. 16m 30s
    1. Understanding the Effects controls
      5m 54s
    2. Using the Post Crop Vignette for creative effects
      3m 23s
    3. Adding film grain to a black-and-white image
      2m 18s
    4. Adding film grain with Camera Raw and Photoshop
      4m 55s
  19. 14m 4s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 39s
    2. Comparing color options with Snapshot
      2m 47s
    3. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      4m 48s
    4. Camera Calibration resources
      2m 50s
  20. 9m 41s
    1. Introducing presets
      2m 27s
    2. Applying presets to multiple images
      3m 9s
    3. Preset resources
      4m 5s
  21. 10m 0s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      4m 38s
    2. Recording an action
      3m 15s
    3. Batch processing multiple images
      2m 7s
  22. 13m 52s
    1. Creative vivid color
      3m 30s
    2. Working with split toning
      2m 14s
    3. Applying soft and warm colors
      1m 25s
    4. Adding warm, muted colors
      2m 28s
    5. Adding and reducing false color
      4m 15s
  23. 7m 58s
    1. Additional resources
      3m 11s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      28s

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