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Old 06-09-2011, 01:28 PM
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Lightbulb Re: Film grain

It would be great if someone with the right equipment would shoot a good reference image of a smooth print with several shades of gray and upload it. That way we could get a sample from each level of brightness and use that as our reference when simulating it in Photoshop.
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:07 PM
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Re: Film grain

Alien Skin Exposure is literally the best bar none at doing this. The grain library is very comprehensive and the settings nearly endless. You can always output numerous attempts to 50% grey layers and build them gradually for different results too. The difference in quality between Alien Skin grain and Photoshop grain is worlds apart IMHO. Fits seamlessly into a Photoshop workflow too.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:54 AM
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Re: Film grain

I would agree that the grain in Exposure is better than in Photoshop, but Nik Silver Efex Pro still beats them both for being realistic. Exposure does have more adjustments and sliders, but it's way more than I would ever need. The big difference between Silver Efex and the others - what makes it more authentic looking - is that when it applies the grain, the image is actually made up of grain, it's incorporated as part of the image itself, not just an overlay like the others, like a print from a negative. You can adjust all day long in Exposure if you want and it will never look like a print from a negative. I have all of these programs and have done a lot of direct comparing. I've also had many, many years of B&W darkroom printing. Silver Efex Pro is the only program that looks like a darkroom print (actually better because of all the control there).
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