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Adding noise to an overlay layer

From: Photoshop for Designers: Textures

Video: Adding noise to an overlay layer

A very simple and effective way of giving your images a bit more of an analog feel is to apply some noise or grain to them and this is going to give them something of a quality of a slide or an old print. This is very easy to do and it's very easy to do in a way that it's nondestructive as well. I'm going to apply it here just to the simple gradient and this also has the practical benefit of breaking up any potential banding that might occur when you output a gradient like this.

Adding noise to an overlay layer

A very simple and effective way of giving your images a bit more of an analog feel is to apply some noise or grain to them and this is going to give them something of a quality of a slide or an old print. This is very easy to do and it's very easy to do in a way that it's nondestructive as well. I'm going to apply it here just to the simple gradient and this also has the practical benefit of breaking up any potential banding that might occur when you output a gradient like this.

So I'm going to create a new layer above my Gradient Fill layer and since I want to change the options of the layer I'm going to hold down my Option or Alt key when I click on the Create New layer button and I'll name it. I'll change its Blend mode to Overlay and I'll fill it with Overlay-neutral color. Now the next step is not strictly necessary. I am perhaps been over conscious, but doing this allows me to always go back and see how much of the grain I applied, and if I need to, revisit this layer and apply more or less.

So I'm going to convert small filters, and then I'll come to Add Noise where I actually get to add the noise. I probably want a little bit less than that and I want it to be Monochromatic so that we not introducing any color into the grain. It's as simple as that. If I need to change the amount of that grain maybe I'm outputting to a different device or maybe I've just changed my mind I can double-click on that and vary it as I need to.

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Photoshop for Designers: Textures

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Nigel French
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  1. 1m 30s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      28s
  2. 6m 52s
    1. Working with textures
      6m 52s
  3. 30m 19s
    1. Creating a rocklike texture with Clouds
      6m 17s
    2. Improving a flat sky with Difference Clouds
      3m 43s
    3. Creating a grunge effect with Fibers
      11m 30s
    4. Applying a texture channel with Lighting Effects
      4m 22s
    5. Adding an effect and blending with Lens Flare
      4m 27s
  4. 15m 20s
    1. Applying textures with Texturizer
      6m 8s
    2. Applying realistic cracks with Craquelure
      5m 11s
    3. Preparing an image for a stained glass effect
      4m 1s
  5. 30m 48s
    1. Adding noise to an overlay layer
      1m 33s
    2. Adding film grain
      6m 5s
    3. Painting with grain
      4m 10s
    4. Adding grain to a Camera Raw image
      2m 21s
    5. Matching grain when cloning
      5m 32s
    6. Accentuating texture with Speckle grain
      3m 4s
    7. Creating a split-toning effect with Stippled grain
      4m 20s
    8. Beyond the Mezzotint filter
      3m 43s
  6. 18m 5s
    1. Creating deckled edges and sepia tone
      8m 6s
    2. Adding water stains
      5m 41s
    3. Adding cracks
      4m 18s
  7. 38m 16s
    1. Blending textures with Soft Light
      4m 15s
    2. Blending textures with Hard Light
      54s
    3. Blending groups
      3m 59s
    4. Blending textures with layer masks
      3m 49s
    5. Creating an antique poster
      5m 59s
    6. Blending mode sandwich
      4m 34s
    7. Blending texture from a pattern fill
      4m 9s
    8. Applying texture to an uneven surface
      10m 37s
  8. 42m 43s
    1. Creating a watercolor effect
      5m 30s
    2. Painting on canvas
      9m 57s
    3. Creating a rubber stamp
      8m 42s
    4. Converting a photograph to a drawing with Find Edges
      2m 58s
    5. Combining a black-and-white halftone with color images
      5m 6s
    6. Creating a textured duotone effect with Conté Crayon
      2m 33s
    7. Creating an abstract image with Mosaic
      6m 2s
    8. Creating a reticulation effect
      1m 55s
  9. 59m 11s
    1. Finding and installing brushes
      2m 19s
    2. Creating a shatter effect
      3m 58s
    3. Creating a smoke brush
      3m 50s
    4. Combining Photoshop with Illustrator to create a sample brush
      9m 56s
    5. Creating coffee rings
      4m 13s
    6. Creating a Bokeh texture
      9m 50s
    7. Creating corner brushes
      4m 24s
    8. Sampling a brush stroke
      3m 3s
    9. Creating a rust jewel brush
      5m 43s
    10. Building density with brush settings
      6m 45s
    11. Painting with the Mixer Brush
      5m 10s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Adding texture to type using clipping masks
      2m 25s
    2. Applying texture to type with layer effects
      2m 53s
    3. Applying texture to type using a layer mask
      5m 33s
    4. Painting with a texture brush
      4m 31s
    5. Blending type into background texture
      2m 8s
  11. 17m 55s
    1. Using the texture actions set
      3m 12s
    2. Editing an action
      3m 18s
    3. Creating your own texture action
      5m 14s
    4. Finding, downloading, and installing actions
      3m 2s
    5. Applying texture styles
      3m 9s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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