Use analog film overlays properly

Analoge Film Overlays richtig verwenden

Basically there are no limits to the use of analog film overlays. Do you want to create a vintage design or edit a digital image with an analog look? Then you've come to the right place for a short trip into the analog world. Here I will show you a few tips and tricks for using the Overlays for images in Photoshop.

Use PNG as an overlay

After you've selected your image and opened it in Photoshop, first edit it as usual. For me it would be a slight retouching of the background, also of the skin, doge and burn and finally a lightening of the face area.

Now put one of the analog film Overlays across all image and processing levels. Drag the PNG into the desired size and orientation and confirm with Enter. Now you have the possibility to change the overlay in the window of the layers with the drop-down list - Mode. With the options "Dodging linearly" or "To multiply negative" in English “Linear Dodge” and “Screen”, you will get the best results.

Then you still have the option to work with presets and display a photo, e.g. in black and white.

Strengthen & Weaknesses

If an overlay is too weak, you can set the effect by right-clicking on the layer with the option "Duplicate level ..”, Simply reinforce. If the analog look is too strong, you can simply reduce the opacity for the individual area.

Tip: blurring and looking for the imperfect

An analog photo appears more organic and closer to people than a digital image. The reason for this is certainly the colors controlled by the film material, which are not so saturated and often have a brown-red look. Another reason is the imperfection, which is often associated with blurring. There are different ways to provoke imperfection.

  • Through a manual focus the pictures are not always super sharp and immediately appear more human. So put your object out of focus.
  • Old analog lenses can be used with an adapter on almost every modern camera. They automatically bring a certain retro look with them.
  • Objectively simply do not clean - It's not a joke. The dirt on the lens intends uncontrolled situations such as reflected light, milky spots and sometimes blurring.
  • If pictures still look too perfect, e.g. a Motion blur which makes the whole thing look “blurry”.

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