How to Cre­ate an evoca­tive and grainy photo

Mac Format - - APPLE SKILLS -

1 Choose care­fully

This pho­to­graph is a great can­di­date for a monochro­matic fin­ish. The sub­ject’s pose as well as the strong con­trast that’s re­sulted from the rather harsh light in which the per­son was pho­tographed make it a good choice.

2 Can the colour

The first step is to con­vert the photo to black and white. Click the Ad­just­ment tab and then click Black & White to open the monochro­matic chan­nel mixer. Be­cause this is added as an ad­just­ment layer, all your changes are un­doable.

3 Change the chan­nel

Here, the sub­ject isn’t the main is­sue, rather it’s the back­ground that is. It isn’t too dis­tract­ing be­cause of the panned ex­po­sure, but by pulling back the mixer’s cyan and blue slid­ers we’re able to darken it some­what.

4 Be se­lec­tive

If, once you’ve con­verted to black and white, you lose track of which parts of your im­age are which colour, click Picker in the mixer, then click the area of your im­age to change. This will change the value of that colour through­out.

5 Bring on the noise

Happy with your mono shot? Se­lect your main im­age layer, then pick Layer > New Live Fil­ter Layer > Add Noise Fil­ter. Use ç++ to zoom in to your im­age, and make sure you’re not adding too much noise as you drag the In­ten­sity slider.

6 Keep tin­ker­ing

Close the Live Add Noise win­dow when you’re done. Note that your im­age now has ex­tra lay­ers for the black and white treat­ment and the live fil­ter layer. You can dou­ble-click ei­ther of them to change its set­tings in the fu­ture.

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