Natural Film Grain

Natural Film Grain

Natural Film Grain

Note: If you are working on a Smart Object with Photoshop CS3, the filter you apply will be smart which means that you can edit the settings anytime you want.


Step 6: Blur the noise

We added some noise, but it looks like digital noise instead of film noise. Fixing this is easy: just blur the noise. Choose Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur. Adjust the radius to get the noise result you like and click OK.


Step 7: Adjust the intensity of the noise

The grain should appear to be very strong; perhaps too strong for most situations. To reduce the visibility of the film grain, simply reduce the opacity of the Film Grain layer. If you are using Photoshop CS3, you can double click on the Gaussian Blur Smart Filter and edit the settings if it is not what you want.


Final Results

Original Image

Natural Film Grain Photoshop Tutorial

Natural Film Grain Photoshop Tutorial

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5 comments on “Natural Film Grain”

  1. Thank you for sharing. This pure Photoshop technique is generic but fast and useful if you care not for a more specific approach to olden times' film emulsions. I have published a comparison article where this here tutorial is parroted and compared to different grain image overlay methods.

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