Photoshop Retro Grain Effect

Zack Wolfe
December 7, 2022
8 min read

Let's Get Started

How to add grain in photoshop

Grain can add a vintage or film-like quality to a photo, giving it a certain aesthetic that may be pleasing to the eye. It can also add texture and depth to an image, making it more interesting to look at.

By the end of this guide you'll be making your own grainy effects!

Let's get started.

1.) Open Photoshop and create a new document
2.) Add in the photo you'd like to add a grain effect to. You can do this by simply clicking and dragging the photo from your computer OR copy/paste from the internet
3.) In the layers panel you should see your photo or artwork. Duplicate this layer with CMD + J OR clicking and dragging the layer over the "Create New Layer" icon

The reason we do this and not copy/paste is because it will align the new layer perfectly over the old one.

4.) You should now have two copies of the same image in your layers panel. Select the top one by clicking it in the layers panel
5.) Head over to Filter > Noise > Add Noise at the top bar in photoshop
6.) In the noise panel you can adjust how much noise you'd like to add. By clicking "Preview" you can visually see the effect before applying.
7.) There will be a couple options in the noise panel. Our favorite is 10% | Gaussian | Monochromatic
8.) Press "OK" and the effect will be applied. Because we duplicated the original image, we can use the eraser tool on the top layer to remove any grain we don't see fit.

Video Tutorial

Check out this video tutorial by Wifitrain on how he created this gradient + texture effect.

We're excited to see what you make with this grain effect! Tag me on Instagram @wuf.digital so I can check it out.

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Zack Wolfe