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How Do I Create a Film Effect in Photoshop?

Last updated on September 24, 2022 @ 1:27 pm

When you want to create the look of a film in Photoshop, there are a few things you can do to give your image that desired effect.

To start, you will want to open your image in Photoshop. Once your image is open, go to Image > Adjustments > Curves.

In the Curves menu, you will want to create an “S” curve. This will increase the contrast in your image and make the blacks darker and the whites brighter.

Next, go to Image > Adjustments > Levels. In the Levels menu, you will want to drag the black triangle in towards the center until it is about halfway between the white triangle and the gray line. This will further increase the contrast in your image.

Now that you have increased the contrast, you will want to add a bit of grain to your image. Grain can be found under Filter > Noise > Add Noise.

PRO TIP: This tutorial covers how to create a film effect in Photoshop. It is important to note that this effect is not possible to create without the use of Photoshop. This means that you will need to have a copy of Photoshop in order to follow along with this tutorial.

In the Add Noise menu, you will want to set the Amount to around 5% and check the box next to Gaussian Distribution. Then click OK.

The last step is to add a vignette to your image. A vignette is a darkening of the edges of an image.

To create a vignette, go to Filter > Distort > Lens Correction. In the Lens Correction menu, click on the Vignette tab and then drag the Amount slider to around -50%.

Your film effect is now complete!

Creating a film effect in Photoshop is easy when you know how! Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be able to create this look for any of your images.

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