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Film Grain Effect: Manage the Atmosphere of Your Photos

The film age in photography has long gone by now and everyone would expect that all the disadvantages of it have disappeared as well. But what do we see instead? Photographers seem to get bored with perfectly smooth shots, and grainy photos are back on trend again. To make those old-like shots, you won’t need to have a film camera - a film grain filter is now available in many decent image editors. Keep on reading and you will learn how to simulate film grain with PhotoWorks software.

Film Grain vs Digital Noise

In basic words, film grain is the optical effect appearing in photo film and caused by small dye clouds of metal silver. One can see this kind of granularity in a film photograph - the larger the image is, the more noticeable the texture gets. However, the crystal grain structure does not tend to ‘eat up’ the final image quality.

Digital cameras are unable to exhibit film grain. The closest equivalent of it is digital noise. Let’s distinguish between film grain and digital noise. Noise is mostly provided by high ISO settings, high temperature, a long shutter speed, a small sensor of your camera and a low lit scene. Although grain and noise look similar, the term ‘digital noise’ refers to visual distortion of image details, it’s more like an issue to correct. Unlike film grain, noise degrades the quality of a picture - the pattern of colorful pixels make the image look fuzzy. The photo below shows the difference between noise and grain.

The difference between digital noise and film grain

With PhotoWorks, you won’t need complicated camera manipulation in order to add grain to your pictures - applying this filter in the program takes just a couple of mouse clicks.


Using Film Grain Effect to Stylize Digital Photos

No wonder that grainy photos won great popularity in the last couple of years. Professional photographers say that grain makes pictures deeper, matter, more vivid and pleasant to the eye.

Photos with and without the film grain effect in comparison


So, how to stylize your digital photographs with no need to use a film camera? Of course you can obtain a film grain photoshop plugin but there’s a faster and easier way to make your pictures grainy - PhotoWorks software. Just download the easy photo editor from the official website and open the photo to work on. Move to the Composition tab and select the Grain option. There’s no single rule on how to apply the grain filter to an image so adjust the settings to your own fancy - choose the effect amount and the grain size.

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Put Life Into a Portrait

You won’t be able to drag your gaze away from a portrait with a film grain texture on it. Granularity helps get rid of that plastic face look and gives the sense of the model’s presence and the reality of the whole scene. Decrease the grain effect degree in midtones so it doesn’t affect and spoil the natural skin color.

Add the grain film effect to portraits

Make your portraits warmer, deeper and more real


Make a Landscape Stand Out

Film grain overlay will make nature views really eye-catching. Try it on a gloomy cold picture with some fog in it to boost the mysterious look. Increase the film grain effect in midtones and decrease it in shadows and highlights and your landscape will look as if it was retouched by a professional.

Add grain to landscapes

Turn average landscapes into breathtaking views


Texturize a Black & White Photo

There is hardly a better picture for a grainy photo effect than a black & white one. You’ll achieve the impressive depth and at the same time eliminate all the distracting colored pixels. Set the effect amount at the maximum and don’t be afraid to use large grains - the photograph will become even more attractive.

dd the film grain filter to black and white photos

Stylize black & white photos in a creative way


Apart from the film grain effect, the program offers you more ways to add a retro touch to photos. Want to know how to make your pictures look vintage? With PhotoWorks software, you can apply instant retro filters, create a vignette or use tone mapping vintage textures and no one will tell those are modern digital images.

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