Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding film grain, part of Enhancing an Environmental Portrait with Photoshop.
Digital capture is stunning. The precision really is phenomenal. …Yet sometimes a digitally captured image can be too perfect and that's definitely the case here. …I want to create a photograph which is timeless and maybe which has a little bit of a nostalgic appeal. …So here I'm going to add some film grain, I'm going to add some imperfection in order …to smooth out this photograph and to give it a different feel. …So in order to add a film grain step we're going to go through a handful of different steps.…
So this may be one of those movies that you'll want to watch a couple of times. …Well before we get to the effect let's first organize our Layers panel. …Click in one of your layers for your color adjustments and then hold down the Shift key …and click in another and let's group those together. …To do that press Command+G on a Mac or Ctrl+G on Windows and let's name these layers color. …In this way we can turn on and off all of those color effects. …Next what we need to do is to merge all of the underlying layers to the topmost layer.…
In this course, photographer, teacher, and author Chris Orwig explores a variety of Adobe Photoshop postproduction techniques that enhance the authenticity and mood of an environmental portrait. Working with a photograph of world-champion surfer Kelly Slater, Chris steps through each technique, from black-and-white conversion and toning to retouching and more, explaining his creative process along the way.
- Cleaning up small details with the healing tools
- Using Liquify to make minor adjustments
- Burning and dodging to add emphasis
- Experimenting with creative color
- Creating a black-and-white, sepia-toned effect
- Adding realistic film grain
- Blending in texture from another photograph
- Retouching the background