Process your photos with style, then display them proudly in a creative film strip array
Open your photo. Ctrl/right-click on the layer and choose Convert to Smart Object. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, set Radius to 20 pixels and click OK to apply. Now set your Foreground Colour to black. Click on the Smart Object’s mask. With a soft, round brush at 70% Opacity, paint out the central area.
Let’s lighten things up now. Click on the Create new fill/adjustment layer button in the Layers palette, choosing LEvels. Drag the Midtone input level left to 1.65, or simply enter the value manually.
Click on the Create new fill/adjustment layer button in the Layers palette again and choose Curves. We’ll be tweaking each channel separately: first, choose Red. Click and move two points upwards as shown.
Next, let’s play with the Green channel; select it. Working with two points again, gently drop the shadow area down and increase the area. The curve will resemble a slight “S”.
Finally, let’s adjust the Blue. With two points, create a backwards “S”, like the one illustrated.
Hit the Create new fill/adjustment layer button again. Enter #de1a48 for the hexidecimal code and set the blend mode to Lighten. With a soft, round brush at 90% Opacity, paint out areas to leave a nice bit of unexpected colour
Again, click on the Create the new fill/adjustment layer button, choosing Hue/Saturation. Increase the Saturation to 43 and then fill the mask with black. Set the foreground colour to white, then paint in a few areas to intensify saturation.
Now let’s add some noise/grain. Set Foreground to black. Create a new layer and then press Opt/Alt+Delete/Backspace. Go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Set Amount to 250%, Distribution to Gaussian and tick Monochrome.