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.

Practical Photography (UK) - - Contents -

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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.

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