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Adding noise with the Add Noise filter

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Video: Adding noise with the Add Noise filter

We're going to take a look at two different techniques that can be used to add noise or grain back into an image. This is great for not only creating just an aesthetic effect, but you can also use it to match grain between a series of images. That are taken at different times or with different cameras in order to make them match. Now, in this case, we'll just be applying it to this image, but before we apply our filters, we want to make sure they're non-destructive. So we use the contact sensitive menus or Ctrl+Click on Mac or Cmd+Click on Windows and Convert to Smart Object. Now, I want to make a duplicate of this smart object, because we're going to apply these two different effects and then compare them. So, I'll use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+J or Ctrl+J in order to make a copy. I want to make sure that the lower layer is selected, and I'm going to hide the top layer, and we'll go ahead and rename the lower layer by double-clicking on it and then we'll call this one Add Noise.

Adding noise with the Add Noise filter

We're going to take a look at two different techniques that can be used to add noise or grain back into an image. This is great for not only creating just an aesthetic effect, but you can also use it to match grain between a series of images. That are taken at different times or with different cameras in order to make them match. Now, in this case, we'll just be applying it to this image, but before we apply our filters, we want to make sure they're non-destructive. So we use the contact sensitive menus or Ctrl+Click on Mac or Cmd+Click on Windows and Convert to Smart Object. Now, I want to make a duplicate of this smart object, because we're going to apply these two different effects and then compare them. So, I'll use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+J or Ctrl+J in order to make a copy. I want to make sure that the lower layer is selected, and I'm going to hide the top layer, and we'll go ahead and rename the lower layer by double-clicking on it and then we'll call this one Add Noise.

Tap enter return to apply that and then from the filter menu we'll select noise and add noise. You have an Amount slider that you can add more or less noise and you can see right here in the Add Noise dialog, we have a preview area and, in fact, if we position our cursor over the image area. You can see that the cursor turns into a square, and anywhere that I click in my image area will be the area that becomes previewed over here in the Add Noise area.

So it's just kind of nice if you don't want to zoom in to 100% in your image, you can at least get a little preview over here in the filter dialog. However, we can use the keyboard shortcut Cmd Plus or Minus on Mac or Ctrl Plus or Minus on Windows, in order to zoom in while we're actually in a filter. And we can use the space bar to temporaily access the hand tool and then move around to see a different place in our image. Now this amount is a little bit too much but I'm going to leave it really high while we change our distribuation from uniform to Gausian.

You might actually be seeing a lot of color noise. I had the monochromatic option checked on. But if we uncheck that. Here is the difference between Gaussian and uniform. I actually prefer the uniform noise when I'm trying to emulate a traditional film grain. That gauzy and just looks a little too sharp for me, it's a little too crunchy. I'll change it to uniform, I'll take the amount way down here, may be to about 22% or so and I'll turn on monochromatic. That will give me just the grayscale noise, removes all the color. We'll click OK.

And now if I want to make this softer, because right now it really is quite harsh, I will change the Blend mode. Again, we haven't talked that much about Blend modes. In order to change this, on the right of where it says Add Nose, where it has the filter name. We're going to double click on that icon. And then we're going to change the blend mode down to soft light. We can see how that just really reduces the effect of the filter. It's still there, but it just seems to blend a lot better. Click OK. Now if we want to toggle this on and off we can click on the Eye icon, right next to the Filter name so that's before and that's after.

We can see how that filter's adding not only noise but also a little bit of contrast to the image, because we set that Blend mode. In soft light. Let's compare this to another way to add noise. I'll select the layer on top and we'll double click that to rename it. And this is going to be called add rain, tap enter return to apply that name and let's makes sure that's visible by toggling the eye on. Now under the filter menu this time I'll select filter gallery.

Now in a previous video, we hid the list of the filters with the previews. So if we want to see that, we can click on this triangle right there. And here they are. We want to add the grain textures, so I'll scroll down. And under the texture area, we can see that there's a grain filter. As soon as I select that, we have our options here on the right-hand side. So we've got different intensities of grain and contrast as well as different grain types. So we can choose to have little sprinkles of grain, we can have just regular standard grain, or come down here to a softer looking grain.

And then, there's a lot of other ones that you can go ahead and navigate through. I tend to go back and forth between the soft and the clumped options most of the time. Since clumped is a little more dramatic, we'll go ahead and add it here. It's adding a little too much contrast, so let's just back off on that a bit. And the intensity is a little much as well, so I'll decrease that. Now you might be concerned that all of the grain here is in color. But we can take care of that in a minute. Unfortunately, there's no way to just check it on as monochromatic. But we can do that in a minute with the Blend modes. So I'll click OK.

And then to the right of the name of the filter, we'll double-click on the icon. And I'll change the blend mode here to luminosity. Luminosity tells Photoshop to only display the greyscale values of the filter so we can see that the color and the noise disappears. We'll click OK. And then if we want to see the difference between adding grain versus adding noise, we can toggle the eye icon next to the add grain, so now we are looking at the add noise layer.

Toggle it on again, that's the add grain filter. So you can see they are very different looks. One last thing that I want to do from the bottom of the Layers panel. I just want to add a photo filter adjustment layer. And, I'm going to use the default warming filter here. I might want to increase the density a little bit. And we can choose whether we want to preserve the luminosity. Right now, you can see that the density isn't changing very much in the sky, over there in those lighter areas. But, if I uncheck luminosity The image does seem to dim down a bit. And that's because Photoshop is adding this warming color on top of those brighter values.

So again that's just an esthetic choice, you can either toggle that on or off. We'll go ahead and collapse the Properties panel. Zoom out to fit in Window by using Cmd+0 on Mac or Ctrl+0 on Windows. And now we can preview the photo filter by toggling on and off the eye icon to a before and after. So defending on the effect that you like you can use either of these two methods to apply either noise or grain to your image. Although I use them in the more artistic manner here to change the mood of the image you can use these techniques in more pragmatic projects as well...

Such as seamlessly compositing images.

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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 4m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      25s
    3. Installing Adobe Bridge
      1m 23s
    4. What's new NEW
      1m 26s
  3. 40m 58s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      3m 3s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      6m 0s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      8m 30s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      4m 42s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      4m 39s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      7m 1s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 17s
  4. 27m 23s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      5m 32s
    2. Saving images in collections
      3m 52s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      4m 31s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      3m 7s
    5. Using smart collections
      3m 39s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 50s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 52s
  5. 29m 57s
    1. Comparing raw and JPEG files
      5m 5s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      4m 1s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw user interface
      5m 29s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 18s
    5. Toggling onscreen Shadow/Highlight clipping warnings
      4m 44s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 34s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      3m 46s
  6. 56m 7s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool: Door and window with ramp
      3m 42s
    2. Correcting a tilted horizon line with the Straighten tool
      4m 12s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 52s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights UPDATED
      5m 42s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow detail
      4m 36s
    6. Reducing distracting color noise with Noise Reduction
      5m 55s
    7. Correcting lens distortion
      5m 17s
    8. Making perspective corrections to images
      5m 51s
    9. Removing chromatic aberration
      3m 32s
    10. Sharpening details
      7m 23s
    11. Making an average photo great
      6m 5s
  7. 1h 3m
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      5m 39s
    2. Adding a radial gradient
      6m 35s
    3. Making local adjustments with the Adjustment Brush
      11m 19s
    4. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      4m 35s
    5. A quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      7m 49s
    6. Converting to black and white
      3m 17s
    7. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 56s
    8. Selective coloring effects with the Adjustment Brush
      5m 56s
    9. Easy sepia and split-tone effects
      4m 11s
    10. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 27s
    11. Adding vignettes and border effects
      4m 24s
    12. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 27s
  8. 19m 16s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      1m 52s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      4m 22s
    3. Saving and using a library of Camera Raw presets
      5m 47s
    4. Saving multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 36s
    5. Using Image Processor to batch process multiple files
      3m 39s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      3m 9s
    2. Customizing the interface in Photoshop UPDATED
      5m 16s
    3. Managing panels
      5m 1s
    4. Switching and saving workspaces
      3m 45s
    5. Switching tools using the keyboard
      3m 21s
    6. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      6m 34s
  10. 22m 49s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      2m 51s
    2. Arranging documents
      3m 37s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      2m 49s
    4. Panning, zooming, and using the Rotate View tool
      9m 51s
    5. Cycling through the different screen modes
      3m 41s
  11. 26m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 26s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      5m 15s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      9m 40s
    4. How big a print can you make with your image?
      2m 58s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      6m 40s
    2. Using crop options
      4m 20s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      3m 52s
    4. Cropping to the perfect print size
      3m 51s
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      5m 2s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Canvas Size command
      4m 57s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 21s
    8. Removing keystoning from buildings
      2m 6s
    9. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
    10. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      8m 29s
    11. Nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects UPDATED
      3m 56s
    12. Warping images UPDATED
      4m 48s
    13. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 49s
  13. 41m 55s
    1. Exploring layer basics UPDATED
      13m 25s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers UPDATED
      9m 28s
    3. Organizing layers into layer groups
      8m 47s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      10m 15s
  14. 1h 15m
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      11m 41s
    2. Combining selections
      6m 40s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      7m 40s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool and Refine Edge
      7m 12s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 28s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      5m 42s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      9m 9s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      4m 55s
    9. Combining multiple exposures with layer masks
      5m 5s
    10. Making selections with Color Range NEW
      5m 17s
    11. Selecting with Focus Mask NEW
      3m 10s
  15. 42m 5s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 29s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 36s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      7m 32s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      5m 7s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 37s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      1m 56s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      5m 39s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 7s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 32s
    10. Creating traditional darkroom toning effects
      2m 51s
    11. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      3m 49s
    12. Three different ways to add an adjustment layer
      50s
  16. 24m 41s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 49s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      5m 39s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      7m 18s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      5m 55s
  17. 40m 53s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Healing Brush and Patch tools
      10m 21s
    2. A quick technique for smoothing skin and pores
      3m 4s
    3. Making teeth bright and white
      2m 47s
    4. Brightening eyes, to make a person appear more alert
      6m 31s
    5. Taming flyaway hair
      4m 53s
    6. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      1m 53s
    7. Body sculpting with Liquify UPDATED
      5m 6s
    8. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill UPDATED
      6m 18s
  18. 22m 47s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      5m 50s
    2. Combining multiple frames of an action sequence
      6m 21s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      4m 3s
    4. Working with bracketed exposures (HDR)
      6m 33s
  19. 1h 0m
    1. Overview of filters UPDATED
      3m 3s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively with Smart Filters UPDATED
      5m 56s
    3. Straightening images using the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      5m 28s
    4. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 23s
    5. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      5m 4s
    6. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      7m 7s
    7. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
      7m 22s
    8. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 53s
    9. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs UPDATED
      6m 9s
    10. Using the Spin and Path Blurs NEW
      7m 38s
    11. Applying the Camera Raw filter
      2m 48s
    12. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      4m 11s
  20. 24m 3s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      5m 24s
    2. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      4m 55s
    3. Adding texture with blend modes
      1m 58s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 57s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 49s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      3m 0s
  21. 35m 37s
    1. Exploring character (point) type UPDATED
      11m 58s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      4m 7s
    3. Adding type on a path
      7m 3s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 41s
    5. Warping type
      2m 36s
    6. Defining character and paragraph styles
      6m 12s
  22. 24m 13s
    1. Using the shape tools
      13m 45s
    2. Custom shape layers
      6m 15s
    3. Adding a keyline to an image
      4m 13s
  23. 24m 48s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      8m 57s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using styles
      5m 11s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      4m 46s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      5m 54s
  24. 11m 43s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      4m 29s
    2. Creating PDF presentations
      3m 25s
    3. Saving for the web
      3m 49s
  25. 23m 9s
    1. Working with video clips
      12m 14s
    2. Adding special effects to video files
      5m 56s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      4m 59s
  26. 1m 4s
    1. Next steps
      1m 4s

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