FREE! 15 film rebates
Dan Mold shows you how to use the free film rebates as a retro border, and give your images vintage tones for added charm.
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FILM IS FIRMLY BACK IN FASHION, SO here’s a way to achieve that classic emulsion look with your digital files. We’re giving away a pack of 15 film rebates this month that you can use to frame your pictures. You’ll find them in the Free Gifts folder on your disc or download, and all you need to do is follow the step-by-step below to see how you can resize your images to fit them inside.
To finish the effect, we’ll show you how to apply digital noise in Photoshop as a filter effect to mimic the style of high ISO film grain and tone your pictures to make them look suitably muted in true Instagram fashion. Just find an image you want to work on and a rebate you like the look of, then follow the three easy steps below to turn back time.
1 Bring your images into Photoshop
Open up Photoshop or Elements and go to File>Open then find the Free Gifts folder on your disc or download. Here, you’ll find the 15 free film rebates, so take a look through and double-click on the one you’d like to use. The rebate will be in the landscape orientation by default, but if you want to input a portrait orientation image go to Image>Image Rotation>90° Clockwise (or 90° Counter Clockwise) in Photoshop, or Image>Rotate>90° Left (or 90° Right) in Elements. Now go back up to File>Open, this time finding your way to the image you want to put in the rebate. When you’ve found it, double-click to bring it into Photoshop.
2 Resize your shot and reveal the rebate
Hit Ctrl+A to select your image, Ctrl+C to copy it and Ctrl+W to close it down. Now hit Ctrl+V to paste it on top of the film rebate. It’s unlikely your image will fit perfectly, so go to the Layers panel and change the Blending Mode from Normal to Darken to see the rebate appear inside the frame. Hit Ctrl+T to put the shot into Free Transform Mode and drag the corner handles to resize it – hold the Shift key or tick Constrain Proportions to keep the image undistorted. You can also drag it into position and hit Return to set it down. Remove any overlap in the sprocket holes or text areas with a hard-edged Eraser Tool.
3 Finish off with a retro tone
To give your image a yesteryear feel, make sure you’re working on the picture Layer and then in the Layers panel click on the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon and choose Gradient Map from the list. In the Gradient Map panel click on the Violet, Orange. This is a good base for the retro colours but you can click on the colour stops underneath to alter them – just hit OK when done. Change the Blending Mode from Normal to Overlay then right-click on the Gradient Map Layer and click Merge Down. To mimic the look of film grain, go to your Layers panel and click on the image Layer then go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise. In the panel that appears set Distribution to Gaussian and tick Monochromatic. Now drag the Amount slider until you have the desired amount of ‘grain’. Hit OK when you’re done and then go to File>Save As and save your image under a new name.
Right We’ve used a selection of the borders to give these images a new look. You’ll be sure to find a rebate that frames your picture perfectly!
Above This month we’re supplying you with 15 free film rebates in a variety of shapes and sizes that you can use to give your images a retro border.