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Part 13. Special Effects > Task 8 How to Simulate Photo Grain

Task 8 How to Simulate Photo Grain

Photoshop enables you to simulate the softer grain effects found in photography. This effect works well when you need to emphasize the photographic aspects of an image while adding a uniform graphic feel. The only problem with the Photoshop Grain filter is that the grain is rendered in a spectrum of bright colors—which is nothing like the grain found in photography. To create more natural colors, this task converts the image to Lab color and isolates the effect to the Lightness channel to maintain natural color.

Open the File and Convert to Lab Color

Choose File, Open and select the file you want to modify. Choose Image, Mode, Lab Color to convert the image into Lab color mode. In this example, we are using Lab color so that we can add a special effect to the Lightness channel without affecting the other color channels.

Select the Lightness Channel

Choose Window, Channels to open the Channels palette. Highlight the Lightness channel to select it and click the visibility icon (the eye) for the Lab composite image. This action makes only the Lightness channel visible and also previews the full composite image.

Select the Grain Filter

Choose Filter, Texture, Grain to open the Grain dialog box.

Set the Grain Type

Choose the overall grain pattern from the Grain Type drop-down list at the bottom of the dialog box. Notice the effect your selection has on the preview window at the top of the dialog box.

Set Intensity and Contrast

Adjust the Intensity slider to control the amount of grain applied to the image. Adjust the Contrast slider to make the grain pattern more or less pronounced.

Apply the Effect

Click OK to close the Grain dialog box and apply the effect. Depending on the file format you want to save the file in, you may want to convert the color mode back to RGB or CMYK.



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