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Easily add film effects to your digital photos using these free Photoshop actions by SparkleStock! These actions let you emulate classic roll films such as Fuji Pro 160S, Provia 100F, Superia 100, Kodachrome 64, and more. The colors are accurate and on-par with other products from Nik and VSCO but takes it up a notch with the real film grain textures. Download these Photoshop actions today and try them out yourself!
7 Film Emulations for Photoshop
These actions are very easy to use and they make use of a feature called “snapshot prerendering”. With this feature, you can save time by playing one action and having all the effects rendered for you. Simply click on any snapshot in your History panel to switch effects instantly. There are seven film emulations in the free download and you can also upgrade to the Pro version for a total of thirty one film emulations!
Fast, Nondestructive, and Adjustable
These actions run fast – about 3-4 times faster than similar software such as Nik Color Efex. All of the layers are fully editable and nondestructive. You can adjust the settings of each layer simply by changing the layer opacity.
In terms of color and accuracy, I say it’s in between Nik’s Color Efex and VSCO’s Lightroom presets. Some films (ex. Fuji 160C) look almost exactly like VSCO’s Lightroom presets while others (ex. Fujichrome Velvia 100) look almost exactly like Nik’s Color Efex without the oversaturation. SparkleStock is pretty good with their colors and they’re popular for creating the most accurate Instagram effects for Photoshop and Lightroom. The image below shows a comparison between different products using the Fuji 160C preset. You can find the photo that was used on ShutterStock.
Seamless Film Grain Made From Real Film Scans
When you add digital noise using the Photoshop or Lightroom noise filter, it looks fake. That’s because they simply add dots to your image with no control over the size and shape of the grain. To increase the realism, this product is the only one that utilizes a unique film grain for each action. And the grain textures look great because they’re created from real film scans.