Film grain is the random pattern of light and dark grains that appears on film photographs, caused by the chemical properties of film emulsion. The film grain effect can be simulated in photo editing software, allowing you to add a vintage, analog quality to your images. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to create a film grain effect in your photos using photo editing software:
Open your photo in your photo editing software. In this tutorial, we will be using Adobe Photoshop, but the steps should be similar in other software as well.
Duplicate the background layer by going to Layer > Duplicate Layer, or by pressing Ctrl + J on your keyboard. This will create a copy of the original image that we can work on without altering the original.
Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. This will bring up the Add Noise dialogue box.
In the Add Noise dialogue box, adjust the Amount setting to control the strength of the film grain effect. A higher value will produce more grain, while a lower value will produce less grain.
Choose the Distribution setting that best matches the look you want to achieve. Uniform will produce a consistent, evenly distributed grain effect, while Gaussian will produce a more random, organic effect.
If desired, enable the Monochromatic option to create a black and white grain effect.
Click OK to apply the film grain effect.
If necessary, adjust the levels or curves of the image to further fine-tune the contrast and tonality.
When you are happy with the result, save the image by going to File > Save As, and choose a file format and location to save the image.
And that’s it! With just a few simple steps, you can add a film grain effect to your photos using photo editing software. Remember to experiment with different settings and techniques to find the perfect look for your image. Happy editing!