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Let's take a look at how we can apply two different effects to this photograph. The first effect that we are going to dial in is we're going to add some grain and then next we're going to look at how we can darken the edges of this picture. Well here I'm going to zoom in on the photograph a little bit. Now that I have zoomed in, I'm going to increase my Amount here in order to start adding some grain. Now here you want to bring your Amount up and you want to do this almost in a way that's exaggerated, so you can really kind of figure out how the different sliders work in regards to your Size and also your Roughness.
Now if you want something which is really even, you have low Roughness. If you want to have some sort of kind of a pattern or little bit of a softer image, as you can see here, you're going to have a high Roughness. Well, now that I have seen this, I'm going to go ahead and take my Amount way down and also my Size and Roughness. Next, I'll just bring my Amount up a little bit, keep the Size nice and small there and then increase the Roughness. This will then create a little bit of variety. It'll make this a bit more smooth, which with a photograph like this I think will work.
Next I'll increase my Amount a little bit more as well. Well why I have talked about how these controls kind of affect the smoothness of the image? Well I've highlighted that, because this grain, what it's doing is, it's kind of smoothing out transitions, it's also changing the level of the sharpness in the photograph. So as you add Film Grain, you may need to navigate back to the Detail Panel and here you might want to add perhaps a little bit more sharpening. And by doing that you can then kind of work with both of these panels together by adding in this Sharpening Effect, and then of course going into the Effects Panel the Effects Panel and changing the way that the Grain and the Roughness is going to affect the photograph.
Well, now that we've done that, I'm going to zoom out by pressing Command+Minus on a Mac, or Ctrl+Minus on Windows. Next, I just want to darken the edges here. To do that I will drag my Amount slider to the left, and what you want to do when you're working with this initially, is you want to exaggerate. Bring it all the way down. This will help you see the edges, so that as you work with your midpoint and also as you define the roundness of the shape of this vignette that you're going to create, it can really help you see how that will look.
And so again, with these extreme amounts, change these overall sliders. Then after you've found the exact effect that you like, go ahead and click and drag the slider, in this case we're just going to diminish that a little bit so that we can then pull that back. You also will want to experiment with Highlight Priority or Paint Overlay. Paint Overlay, it's a little bit more murky, compare that to Highlight Priority, which has a little bit more of a nice contrast edge to it. Well, after we've dialed in that darkening effect, last but not least, let's go to the Basic Panel.
Here in the Basic Panel, I'll bring a little bit of light into the Shadows, increase my Contrast, deepen my Blacks. Again, I want to process this in a way that matches that overall Film Grain, so that I have a nice look with this picture. If we go to one of our final tabs here, let's say Presets, we can then see our before and after. Here is before, and now here is after. I'll zoom in, so you can see this nice and up close. Here is our before, and then finally our after.
One of the reasons why I keep emphasizing going to these final tabs to look at your before and after, is because when you make these adjustments, you can kind of get caught up in them. Yet by looking at the before and after can help you make any needed corrections, kind of at the last minute. Like with this picture, what I've realized just as I did that is that the Film Grain Amount and Roughness, it was too much. It was kind of overpowering the overall image there. So I'm going to go ahead and diminish that a little bit so that I can then scale that back.
Well next, I'll go back to one of those tabs and look at my before and after. I think that fits a little bit better with this photograph.
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