ShepherdCartography's avatar

Film Grain

834 132 60K (12 Today)
By ShepherdCartography   |   
Here’s something I’ve been working on recently. It’s a large patch of film grain.
From what I’ve seen, Photoshop provides filters for all kinds of film grain and noise, but it’s all digital-camera style film grain, i.e. aberrant pixels of odd colors. I wanted actual film film grain, so I found a picture I’d taken on very grainy film and extrapolated out the grain until it was large and even enough to use. I then adjusted the brightness so that, on average, it was about a 50% gray such that you could overlay it onto a picture in Photoshop without affecting the brightness of the original image.
To use this, merely hit download and save the image. Open it in Photoshop and copy and paste it onto an image in a new layer and then set the blending option to “overlay”. If this image is too small, you can copy and paste until the whole image is covered. If you want the grain to be larger, simply scale up this image. I hope it’s helpful for retro-fying your photos.
As with all of my resources, You need feel no obligation to link, note, credit or otherwise inform me of your usage. It is 100% free, even if you intend to sell the final product. That being said, it would inflate my ego greatly if you did let me know so I could see what you did with it.
Image size
3888x2592px 2.05 MB
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Focal Length
18 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Feb 19, 2008, 5:45:05 PM
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In
CheyenneThePony's avatar
CheyenneThePonyHobbyist Digital Artist
Used:  Snufkin portrait by CheyenneThePony
Mewwthesabertiger's avatar
MewwthesabertigerStudent General Artist
LAST MORNINGS| Stargazing by Mewwthesabertiger  
Used it again!!!
FloweryFruitFangs's avatar
FloweryFruitFangsHobbyist General Artist
used :) 
Eyes Watching, Ever Fearful by Fruitfang
Mewwthesabertiger's avatar
MewwthesabertigerStudent General Artist
Goodnight to those who sleep (fake screenshot) by Mewwthesabertiger
i used this film grain
MaddieBat's avatar
MaddieBatHobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much!
Cindyaqui's avatar
CindyaquiProfessional General Artist
Hello, I mentioned u for the use of your film grain! (:

Ma Cheri by Cindyaqui   Ma Cheri (BW) by Cindyaqui
kitteneyejo's avatar
kitteneyejoHobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much for making this! it took some effort to make and its awesome of you to share it for free ♥
Plant--Mom's avatar
Plant--MomStudent Traditional Artist
dood ima use this, I love your backgrounds
cornellg's avatar
cornellgProfessional Digital Artist
Perfect, just what I was looking for. I will use this as an overly on concept art made with relatively flat colours. This grain should give it just enough grit to look more real and less like a fast hack (which it usually is). Thanks!
graffisx's avatar
thanks alot for this asset, i used it here

Where is your God? by graffisx
yellowicous's avatar
yellowicousHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! <3

immortal by yellowicous
yellowicous's avatar
yellowicousHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you again! ^_^

bring me to life by yellowicous
MollyTabby's avatar
MollyTabbyHobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I used your film grain in the background of my submission to Catherine Tarawhiti's book cover challenge. Thank you :-)

Book Cover for Cathleen Tarawhiti cover challenge by MollyTabby
yellowicous's avatar
yellowicousHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your texture!

Lithium by yellowicous
Fifi-kun's avatar
Fifi-kunHobbyist General Artist
Bless you!
I used this to add texture to an image for a final project of mine in my first year of uni (this year)
I hope it goes well!
Thanks a ton!
OrionShipworks's avatar
OrionShipworksHobbyist General Artist
I'll give this a try. I love film grain! Thanks for making this.
TheGeekAndTheEOS's avatar
TheGeekAndTheEOSHobbyist Photographer
This will def. come in handy!
K-Zlovetch's avatar
The (very real) Viktor Kravsanov by K-Zlovetch And here, thanks again :D
K-Zlovetch's avatar
Used here : The (real) Viktor Kravsanov by K-Zlovetch thank you so much !
Hellypse's avatar
HellypseProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you !
FireballImages's avatar
FireballImagesProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks I used it here: Mr. Fluffybottoms :D
Powdered-Sugar's avatar
Powdered-SugarProfessional Filmographer
ahhh, thank you, i accidently wiped away all of the film grain in a photo i had to retouch for my image manipulation class, and recreating it manually was not an option!! you are a serious lifesaver.
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In