Adding Grain Efficiently Using The Overlay Blending Mode

May 10, 2014

Adding grain can be hard to manage in Resolve but handy to have in your 'toolbox'. Dan shows you a simple way to add grain, without a plugin.

Adding Grain Efficiently

In this insight, we take a look at the exciting world of grain. Adding grain to your image adds a whole new layer of life to the image and takes your project from a digital clean look into an organic film world. With all the different grain options out there people are now getting more specific about their grain. They might want a high ASA grain for the externals but some clean low ASA grain for the internals.

I’m focusing on the grain you can purchase that is added to your image using the overlay blending mode rather than using plugins that generate their own grain.

Managing all these grain options in Resolve can be quite tricky but in this insight, I show you all 3 options including my newest and favorite option of using a combination of track mode mattes and power grades to make adding grain as simple as a double click.

Check out the movie below to find out more!

– Dan

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  • Here an interesting quote from this article:

    Any interest in exploring adding grain separately to the high,mid and lows?

    Once Stephen Beres, Erik Hansen and Suny Behar at HBO developed a grain application that was more than just a simple overlay – the same grain over every part of the image – Klein’s tune began to change. “They took actual film grain and applied it separately to the highlights, mid-tones and shadows separately” says Klein. “It’s the first time I’ve been happy with the Alexa in place of film stocks

  • Margus Voll

    You did not say anything on adjusting the grain intensity. You always use as is or do you use some level of intensity control with key adjustments?

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