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In Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing, Chris Orwig demonstrates how to take photographs to the next creative level by combining images in Photoshop. This course covers multiple compositing scenarios, including portraits and architecture photos, from selecting the images, to blending photos with layer masks and blend modes, and resizing and sharpening the results. Chris also covers tips and tricks design to inspire and increase the drama and interest of photographs. Exercise files are included with this course.
Now that we've added a hint of texture of the photograph I want to bring in some film grain. So in order to add film grain we need to merge all of the underlying layers to the top. To do that let's use that same shortcut that we've used before. On a Mac press Shift+Option+Command+E. on Windows press Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E. Next let's name this layer Grain. What we'll do from here is we'll navigate to our Filter pull-down menu. We're going to choose Noise and then Add Noise. Now the type of Noise that we want is Monochromatic and Gaussian.
And I want to zoom in on the image. I want to see the detail at this one-to-one view. I am going to add a lot of grain, too much grain. So we are going to go ahead and increase this until we see too much grain on the photograph. And the reason I'm going to add too much is because we're going to use a blending mode which in turn will blend this grain into the contrast structure of the photograph. So in this case, I'm just evaluating this, kind of cranking it up little-by-little, a look at my before and after. And then once I get to a good amount I'll click OK. Now if we don't get this right it doesn't matter because it's on a separate layer, but let's give this a try.
Here we'll go ahead and change the blending mode to Soft Light. Now once we do that all of a sudden we see that grain really coming into the image, but it's coming in the photograph on top of that texture. It's blending in with Soft Light and it looks really interesting. Sometimes at this point what you can do is get rid of that underlying texture layer because that texture is now in this grain layer. Other times you may want to leave it on and just lower the opacity a bit, so it's not quite so pronounced. Okay well let's zoom out so we can evaluate really how this photograph is coming along.
We're here with this last adjustment. It looks pretty nice, a bit too strong for my liking so I'll lower the opacity. And one of the other things that I'm noticing is that our color is starting to shift. Remember that the image started off really bright. Now here it has a bit more density. Whenever you use Soft Light, if you find that your blacks are too black, double-click the layer, use Advanced Blending to protect or save those. Here if we click this up what you'll see is that we can bring back some black detail. Let me zoom in on one of these areas, say the head over here.
Notice the difference. See how I can bring back all that detail there. So bring up your sliders and then split those by holding down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, this creates transition. You just really want to watch those blacks, make sure that looks good, so you have that detail that you need. Click OK, here we have it, before and after, adding a touch of film grain. Okay, well let's explore now how we can have even more fun with texture in order to build up an even stronger or more dramatic effect, and let's take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.
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