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Make a film reel photo album! (Part 2)

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
November 30, 2014

Part 2 of our amazing film reel tutorial!

9. Blend noise

Set the blend mode to Overlay and Opacity to 50%. Add a Layer Mask using the icon in the Layers palette. Use a soft, round brush at 80% Opacity to paint out some of the noise in the central area.

10. Vignette

With the Elliptical Marquee tool (M), create an ellipse with the sides just inside the document boundaries. As you’re sizing it, you can hold the Spacebar to allow repositioning. When you’re done, press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+I to invert. Fill with black, then deselect with Cmd/Ctrl+D.

11. Blend in the vignette

To prepare for even better blending in our image, let’s blur the vignette. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius to 250 pixels and then click OK to apply. Change the blend mode to Overlay; the vignette should now melt into the image!

12. Boost vignette

Let’s slightly strengthen the vignette. Duplicate it by pressing Cmd/Ctrl+J, then drop the Opacity to 40%. Apply a Layer Mask then use a soft, round brush at 80% Opacity to reduce in areas. If needed, also mask and reduce areas of the previous layer.

13. Save

Go to File>Save As, set Format to .PSD, then click Save. Go to File>Save As again, set the Format to TIFF and click Save. For Layer Compression, choose Discard Layers and Save a Copy. Click OK.

14. Process more photos

Go through the same process for two more photos. Choose whatever kind of pictures you’d like, and experiment with the steps you used before.

15. Frame it

Find a filmstrip image. Go to File>Place and add the first image you edited to the frame. Open up Free Transform (Cmd/Ctrl+T) and then scale the image down by Shift-clicking and dragging the corner handles inward, then confirm.

16. Add more photos

Now add the other photos you processed and just like in the previous step, create clipping masks to frame those photos inside the frame. Free Transform to size them.