Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding grain to a color photograph, part of Photoshop CC for Photographers: Camera Raw 8 Intermediate.
Now that we know a thing or two about working with the Effects panel, let's take a look at how we can use the Effects panel in order to modify this photograph. This is the photograph as it appeared straight out of the camera, and what I want to do is add a bit of a vignette effect, I also want to add some film grain to it. So let's navigate over to the effects panel by clicking on the effects icon. Well, first let's begin by working with our post crop vignetting controls. Now we can work with these controls even if we haven't cropped the photograph and that's what I'm going to do here. Now if you're new to working with these controls, what I recommend you do is take your amount slider to one of the extremes, either drag this to the far right in order to brighten up the edges or drag this to the far left in order to darken those.
Next, I recommend you take the Feather slider all the way down to 0. In doing that you can see a really defined shape, so that you can then start to customize your mid-point and roundness sliders. So, now here I can really see what will happen when I drag the mid-point slider to the left, well now I can see this is affecting more of the image. I can also start to identify how the Roundness slider works. If I drag to the right, it becomes more of a circle. If I drag to the left, it becomes more of a rectangle. Well, as I drag this to the left I realize, yes, this is closer to what I want to achieve here with my vignette. Now, obviously next we need to change the amount and the Feather sliders and maybe even the mid point as well.
Here as I drag the feather slider up, we can see that we have this diffused effect so that this is just affecting the outer edge of the image. Well here, perhaps, I want to bring in my mid point a little bit. By doing that, we're going to see that this is going to affect more of the outer edge. Next I'll decrease the amount. So it's a little bit more subtle here as well. As you make changes to one slider, you may need to make changes to another. In this case, we now have a very subtle vignetting effect. Look on the preview check box, here you can see the before, and now you can see the after. If you want to maintain the highlights, go ahead and click on the Highlight slider to the right.
This image doesn't really have many highlights on the edges. So this isn't very important with this photograph, yet with certain images it is. Also if you have the vignette covering a color area, you may want to experiment with color priority, that will maintain the color integrity of those areas. Next, let me darken this up a little more for demo purposes. And again, here we have the before, and now the after. In this particular case I'm going to change the roundness there a little bit, and also the midpoint. Just to make that reach in just a touch more, and then decrease the overall amount.
Again you want to finess each of these controls so that the overall image looks good and so that this effect isn't overpowering here I'm going to decrease my amount even more because I think it looks a little bit better with the more subtle effect. Next, let's work with film grain. Here, I need to zoom in on the image, so I'll double-click the Zoom tool. That will take us into a zoom rate of 100%. You know, it's important to get up close to your photograph so you can actually evaluate the amount and the size and the roughness of the grain appropriately. Well here I'll start off with the amount slider.
Click and drag this to the right, this will allow us to increase the overall intensity of the effect. And one of the things that we'll notice right away. Is that it does a great job at reducing or removing small skin variations that makes the skin look really nice. yet on areas like the background where we have a solid color we will notice that the grain will show up may be even a bit more. So you want to have a zoom or you can evaluate important areas of the image, in this case the face of course and also the background. Next we have Size slider, as we drag this to left we have a smaller size.
What i have discovered is I worked with these controls is that when you have a small size and lower amount of roughness, it typically doesn't look very well. Yet if you increase the roughness to have a little more variety, often that will help this grain to blend in. Now with a higher amount of roughness you can also change the size up a bit more as well. Here you can see a larger size. As we have a larger size grain with this photograph. It looks kind of a little bit too model, they are a little bit too big there, so here I'm going to decrease this because I want a really fine amount of green.
So here I'll decrease this amount as well. To create a bit of more subtle look, now in doing that, that can create a really nice sort of soft look in a photograph like this. Let's click on the Preview checkbox, here you can see the before and then I'll click again, you can see the after, you can see how the green is applied to the background and also to the rest of the photograph. Let me decrease the roughness just a little bit more here. I'm going to just dial this in sense that it looks its best. I'm going for a pretty subtle effect with this particular image, because I want it to enhance the image yet not overpower it. Well I think that looks pretty good.
Here we'll click on the Preview checkbox. There's our before. Then I'll click again. There's the after.
- Correcting exposure
- Making selective adjustments with Auto Mask
- Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
- Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
- Removing Moiré patterns
- Creative color and effects with the Graduated Filter
- Improving exposure and adding blur with the Radial Filter
- Retouching skin
- Removing distracting background elements
- Working with the tone curve
- Removing color with HSL
- Split toning a color photo
- Removing extreme distortion with the Lens Profile
- Adding grain
- Creating and applying Camera Raw presets
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 7/10/2014. What changed?
A: We added videos covering the new Preview feature, introduced in Camera Raw 8.4, and duplicating Adjustment Brush settings. Chris also revised the chapters on the Graduated Filter and Radial Filter tools. Check out the "What's new?" movie for an overview of these changes and the other enhancements Adobe introduced in the 2014 update to Photoshop CC.
Q: This course was updated on 10/14/2014. What changed?
A: We added two new movies, which describe changes to the preview behavior in Photoshop CC 2014.1 and the new improved spot removal with feathering. New movies contain the "CC 2014.1" tag next to their names.