Photoshop Film Frame Photo Effect

Uploaded by HelenLBradley on 07.01.2013

Hello, I'm Helen Bradley. Welcome to this video tutorial. In this tutorial I'm
going to show you how you can create a film frame photo effect in Photoshop.
Before we get started with our faux film
effect look, let's see
what it is that we're after.
I captured this image in London recently and we'll start by cropping the image and
then lightening it
and adding this sort of slightly blurred effect to it.
Then we'll add a vignette and some noise
and a photo filter and finally
crop it so that it is this 16 x 9 letterbox size.
So let's see how we would achieve all of those results. So I'm going to open up
the original of the image. And I started off
cropping it to about what I thought was approximately what I wanted
but not being very
careful about getting it exact because we're going to do that later.
So I'm just going to crop this fairly close here. I do like the street names here so
I'm going to leave those in and I'll just click the Checkmark.
And now I'm going to duplicate this image layer
so that we have two of the same image on different layers. And this one I'm
going to remove the saturation from or partly remove the saturation from.
To do that I'll choose Image and then Adjustments and Hue/Saturation.
We're just going to dial down the saturation to partially remove some of the color
so I'm thinking something like about minus 50 or thereabouts is a good
And then we're going to brighten this because in a minute we're going to
multiply it. And that's going to make it very black
so we want to lighten it before we do that,
Image Adjustments, Brightness/Contrast
and we'll just crank up the brightness on this. And I don't want a lot of
contrast because it is a sort of film effect
so I think slightly flatter will look better
and I'll click Ok.
Now we're going to duplicate this layer so again, I'll right click it and choose
Duplicate Layer and click Ok. And this one we're going to blur with
quite a heavy blur.
A Gaussian Blur is my favorite blur to use so I'm going to choose Filter, Blur
and Gaussian Blur
because this is one that you can adjust the
severity of. Now obviously that's way too much.
I want to still be able to see my image but I want it slightly blurred because the
edges are what I'm going to blur in a minute.
I'm going to keep the middle pretty
standard. So just let's see what we can get this up to
and still have something reasonable. I'm thinking
20 will probably be a good value.
Now that we've done that we're going to set the blend mode of this layer to
Multiply. Multiply is
one of the three blend modes I use a lot. I use Multiply, Screen and
and Multiply. So you can see that we've got this sort of dark
but slightly blurred effect on our image.
What I want to do now is to bring the guys in the middle of this image
back into focus a little bit so I'm going to add a layer mask to the image. I'm
going to set my paint color to black and I'm going to select
a fairly large soft brush. So I'm
going for one of these brushes here which is obviously still a little bit on
the small side
so I'm just going to crank it up to a larger size using the Square Bracket key.
I have the opacity of this brush set to around 50 percent so it's not going
to paint full black. It's going to paint a sort of gray.
And now I'm just going to bring back in the little bit of detail I want in
this image
and nothing much else.
Now we'll add the vignette layer so I'm just going to get rid of
the brush for now and we'll
create a new layer for this with Layer,
New Layer.
And I'm going to use a very simple vignetting technique which really just involves
dragging a marquee over the image and then inverting it so I'll go to Select,
So what we have selected is the area around the edge of the image.
I'm just going to press Alt Backspace to
fill it with the foreground color. So you can see it wasn't really quite a black.
But it's a dark gray and that'll be just fine.
I'm going to deselect my selection so it's no longer selected. I'm going to
blend it with some sort of blend mode which
Multiply is fine.
The other one you can use is Color Burn. That's quite a good one too.
And now we're going to blur this. And we're going to blur it quite substantially again,
back in with Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur because again, this is just a really
nice blur.
And I want quite a deep blur.
I'm more interested in the corners than the edges right now so I'm just going to call
that one good
because now I'm going to warp it with Edit,
Transform, Warp.
And this allows me to pull the vignette back
from the
edges of the image but leaving it in the corners.
And how much I choose to do this is just personal preference but it does allow
you to sort of sculpt your
I think I want it a little bit more on this side so I'm just going to bring that back in
a little bit
and click the Checkmark here.
So there we have our vignetting effect.
And now we're ready for our finishing touches which involve
adding some noise to the image. And to do that I really need a flattened
version of the image. So I'm going to press Ctrl plus Alt plus Shift plus E
because what that does is it stamps
the layer. That gives me a brand new layer in the image and what is on this layer is what is on all
the layers below.
So it's a layer I can work with that's sort of effectively flattened but without
losing the content below.
And I'm going to add some noise here with Filter,
Noise, Add Noise.
Now the kind of noise that I want is
Gaussian because that will give me more noise in lighter areas of the image,
less in darker.
I want it monochromatic because I don't want it to be color noise,
and I'm just going to adjust how much noise. And I don't want very much at all
so probably
down around
10 percent
is probably sufficient. Yep,
so I'll click Ok.
And now I want to add a photo filter to color this a little bit. I'm
going to do his using an adjustment layer with Layer, New Adjustment Layer and then
Photo Filter,
click Ok and then experiment with colors. Now here cyan
does a reasonable job although
this is way too much for this particular image so you could go cyan or you could go
one of the blues if you like that sort of
colder blue look
to the image.
And I think I like that a little bit better so I'm going to go with a deep blue
and just adjust the density of it
until I get a result that I like.
And finally we want to go for this 16 x 9 crop which is a
standard letter box image so I'm going to start by
choosing Image and then Image Size. And I'm actually going to do this very quickly
by scaling down the width to 16 inches.
And then my 16. But you can see I'm falling short on my 9 which is fine
because I want some black top and bottom so
I'm just going to select Ok to actually
fix that at 16 x 7 and a bit. And now let's go to Image, Canvas Size and
bring it back up.
I'm going to click in the middle and I want my height to be 9
so I'm going to type 9. So now we've got a 16 x 9 image. Black is going to
be added
and because I've clicked in the middle here it's going to be added to the top
and bottom equally.
And there we are.
So there is our faux film effect. We've converted a regular
image from a digital camera into a 16 x 9 image so that it looks as if
it's come off a piece of film.
I'm Helen Bradley. Thank you for joining me for this video tutorial.
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