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Adding a grain texture

In the world of traditional film stock, the faster the speed, the larger and more apparent the grain. By using the Grain controls in Camera Raw, you can simulate this grainy texture. Pick a photo that won’t suffer aesthetically when its details lose definition.

To add a grain texture to a photo: star.jpg

  1. Click the Effects tab, function_key.jpg and double-click the Hand tool hand_tool.jpg to fit the image in the preview. A
  2. Under Grain, to control the amount of grain applied, choose an Amount value of around 50 to make the grain noticeable.
  3. To emulate the fine grain of a slow film speed or the coarser grain of fast film speed, do as follows:

    Raise the Size value for the size of the grain particles. B When this value is greater than 25, a small degree of blurring is also applied, to help blend the grain with the imagery.

    Lower the Roughness value below the default value of 50 to produce a more uniform grain; or raise it to produce an uneven, coarse grain. C Zoom in to examine the grain, then readjust the Amount value, if needed.

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