Grain Layer Technique

Making an editable Photoshop Grain layer

When mimicking film grains and adding the final grade to your images there are many grain and texture emulators out there. 
But ‘Alas, you don’t need them if you know the right techniques.
A simple technique to add an ‘editable’ film grain is laid out step-by-step for you below.

Editable Grain Layer:-


    • Make new layer


    • Fill with 50% black (Edit> Fill> 50% Black)


    • Set layer mode to Soft Light


    • Convert layer to Smart Object (ctrl click layer)


    • Filter> Add noise (20% – Can edit value later)


    • Filter> Gaussian blur (0.25 pixels – Can edit value later)


nb: Having this set up as smart objects, you now have an editable grain layer.
You can now change the desired amounts of grain and blur simply by double clicking the layer filters.

Download the Grant Keats – Editable Grain ‘Action’

Download Grain Action

Download the Grant Keats – Smart Grain Action Set
Contains the above Grain technique plus more editable grain techniques for different image types.

Download Smart Grains Action Set

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