photoshop creative

Make a film reel photo album! (Part 1)

Posted in:
Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
November 29, 2014

Process your photos with style, then display them proudly in a creative film strip array

1. Gaussian Blur

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.

2. Lighten up

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.

3. Curves (red)

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.

4. Curves (green)

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”.

5. Curves (blue)

Finally, let’s adjust the Blue. With two points, create a backwards “S”, like the one illustrated.

6. Unexpected colour

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

7. Hue/Saturation

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.

8. Noise

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.

Come back tomorrow for part 2!