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Reticulation is the formation of a network of wrinkles or cracks in the photographic emulsion. The Photoshop Reticulation filter works with your foreground and background colors to give this kind of grainy look to your image and in my finished version here I've achieved this effect by applying the Reticulation filter which gives us that result and then adding a second layer on top and I've changed the Blend mode of that second layer to Overlay, but Soft Light will also work giving us a slightly softer result.
So I'm going to switch over to the original image here and it's already been converted for Smart Filters. I have black as my foreground color. Now I want to just apply this graininess that comes with reticulation with black. But if I did want to introduce color into the image I could sample colors from the image perhaps for my foreground and background colors. But I'm going to come to the Filter menu down to Sketch and choose Reticulation. I'm going to make my preview window smaller by pressing Command+Minus or Ctrl+Minus and that's the result that I'm going to get.
Now if I wanted to push this reticulation and if we zoom in we can see the quality of it. It looks like that. If we wanted to push this out into the shadows we would move the Density slider to the right and if we want it more in the highlights we can bring it over to the left. I going to leave it pretty much in the middle and I'm going to do the same for the foreground level and the background level, because I want nice even gray tones on my image. So that's the effect I'm going to get with these settings.
I'm now going to duplicate that layer Command+J. I'll delete the copy off the Smart Filters on the top layer, and then I'll change its Blend mode to Overlay perhaps or if that's a little too strong to Soft Light.
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