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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

Adding film grain


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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

with Chris Orwig

Video: Adding film grain

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.
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  1. 2m 30s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  2. 20m 12s
    1. Combining layers with blending modes
      1m 36s
    2. Using blending modes and color adjustment layers
      2m 21s
    3. Layer blending and shortcuts
      4m 3s
    4. Creative project: Wisdom begins in wonder
      6m 23s
    5. Creating a flamenco dancer advertisement
      5m 49s
  3. 17m 39s
    1. Snapshot project: Using Auto-Align and Auto-Blend
      3m 27s
    2. Flag project: Combining depths of field
      3m 46s
    3. Nature project: Combining foreground and sky
      4m 47s
    4. Nature project: Adding clouds and creative color
      5m 39s
  4. 15m 28s
    1. Combining multiple frames
      5m 21s
    2. Cleaning up the details
      5m 5s
    3. Modifying color and tone
      5m 2s
  5. 11m 48s
    1. Combining interior and exterior architecture
      6m 57s
    2. Increasing drama and visual interest
      4m 51s
  6. 25m 27s
    1. Composite project overview
      4m 12s
    2. Masking multiple images together
      3m 28s
    3. Extending the canvas and adding elements
      2m 58s
    4. Enhancing the main elements
      1m 47s
    5. Cleaning up the background
      4m 27s
    6. Award-winning composite inspiration
      4m 30s
    7. Photoshop composite inspiration: Web sites
      4m 5s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Project 1: Removing a model from a background
      9m 27s
    2. Project 1: Combining multiple photographs
      3m 23s
    3. Project 1: Working with shadows
      8m 15s
    4. Project 1: Adding light and color
      5m 18s
    5. Project 1: Working with curves and masking
      3m 45s
    6. Project 1: Final color and tone adjustments
      6m 56s
    7. Project 2: Combining multiple photographs
      7m 51s
    8. Project 2: Adding shadows
      7m 21s
    9. Project 2: Organizing layers and adding blur
      5m 48s
    10. Project 2: Adding film grain
      6m 19s
  8. 22m 58s
    1. Illuminating the eyes
      4m 16s
    2. Blending graphics with photos
      4m 25s
    3. Making final color modifications
      6m 19s
    4. Creative portrait blending
      7m 58s
  9. 25m 54s
    1. Working with color and tone
      3m 46s
    2. Adding texture
      4m 4s
    3. Adding film grain
      2m 44s
    4. Modifying texture
      4m 32s
    5. Darkening edges
      3m 34s
    6. Applying a creative color effect
      7m 14s
  10. 14m 39s
    1. Creating a selection of the TV glass
      4m 14s
    2. Masking the images into the selection
      5m 16s
    3. Modifying the color and tone
      5m 9s
  11. 27m 42s
    1. Extracting elements from their backgrounds
      6m 49s
    2. Removing the words from the book
      4m 31s
    3. Masking and image blending
      4m 35s
    4. Creating composite options
      4m 56s
    5. Enhancing the color
      6m 51s
  12. 11m 39s
    1. Setting the stage with color and tone
      4m 30s
    2. Working with textures and blending
      7m 9s
  13. 20m 31s
    1. Project overview
      4m 54s
    2. Using masking and blending modes for emphasis
      5m 8s
    3. Adding and modifying typography
      4m 55s
    4. Making final color and tone adjustments
      5m 34s
  14. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing
4h 41m Intermediate Sep 02, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Extending the canvas
  • Combining multiple frames
  • Cleaning up the background
  • Modifying color and tone
  • Masking images together
  • Removing a model from a background
  • Blending graphics with photos
  • Illuminating eyes
  • Adding texture and film grain
Subjects:
Photography Masking + Compositing
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Adding film grain

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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