Apply a Realistic Film Grain.

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I did this tutorial in Photoshop CS3 Extended which is why some of you may have problems. However, that doesn't mean this tutorial won't work in other versions of Photoshop. Just try it out.

Okay so yes, I know I haven't submitted tutorials lately but I'm back! "D So for this tutorial I will be teaching you guys apply a realistic looking film grain to your pictures. Ashton Kutcher will be my subject this time. ;)
Here's the before:

Here's the after:

To work!

001.First, open that picture! I say use a picture that's already in b&w but if it's not simply go Image>Adjustments>Desaturate.

002.Make a new layer.

003.Go Edit>Fill.

004.Select "50% Gray" from the Use drop-down menu.

005.Change the blend mode to Overlay.

006.Now go Filter>Convert to Smart Filters & press ok when the pop-up appears.

007.Go Filter>Noise>Add Noise.

008.Enter 100 as your amount & make sure it is set to "Gaussian" & the "Monochromatic" box is checked.

009.Now go Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur.

010.Enter 0.3 as your pixels.

011.Bring that layer's opacity down to 12%.

012.And there you go. You have applied a film grain to your picture. "D

If you got lost or have any questions, comment the tutotial & I'll get back to you as soon as I can. :D

Tutorial Comments

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LOL i only opened this because the picture was ashton

mm yum he is soooooooooooooooo gorgeous :) i could just eat him.

and this tut is fair awesome, much thanks
and THANKS for the pic of ashton kutcher :D

By kelso16 on Jan 6, 2009 9:13 am

real helpful and madd simple! =D!

By jayy-cass on Sep 14, 2008 4:17 pm

Oh my god. I don't say this often, but damn, he's HOT. The picture made me go "holy f*ck!"

And yeah, good tutorial. :)

By colorxmexeden on Aug 24, 2008 6:09 am

yummy ^-^

but like i don't have a monochromatic
box at the bottom! idk why?

By stacyturner on Jul 30, 2008 10:34 pm

Yeah, I have the same problem as craziibeautiful... no smart filter.
I just skipped that step, and it seems to have turned out fairly well anyway.

By hycgrl226 on May 2, 2008 10:13 am


By freetimes on Apr 23, 2008 7:40 pm

i have photoshop 7 and i dont seem to have the smart filter. what can i do?

By craziibeautiifull on Apr 22, 2008 5:09 pm

love it thanks!!!!!!!

By missk on Apr 18, 2008 11:48 pm

Tutorial Details

Author manny-the-dino View profile
Submitted on Apr 15, 2008
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Reviewer S-Majere View profile
Approved on Apr 18, 2008