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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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