Photoshop Tip: Pump Up The Volume…well, Noise anyway 🙂

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: November 30, 2011

Category: General

Hey Folks,
I’ve just been working my way through the editing for a recent Character Portrait Photo Shoot and so thought I’d take a short break and share a Photoshop technique with you…

I’ll often add in a faux spotlight when I’m editing the Character Portraits; a technique that I picked up from my buddy Calvin Hollywood and takes literally seconds.

However, when we add in the spotlight you’ll likely see what’s known as banding appear as in the example below…

So, how do we Reduce/Remove the Banding?
Well, here’s a technique that just couldn’t be simpler…

Go to FILENOISEADD NOISE and add in just 1 or 2% of Gaussian, Monochromatic Noise as shown below…

So there have it…couldn’t be much simpler than that huh 🙂

Just one thing before I sign off…I’ll be opening up tickets for the first Character Portrait Workshops of 2012 real soon but just to give you a heads up we’re looking at Sunday 29th January 2012.

I’ll post more details here on the blog in the near future but in the mean time,
Enjoy 🙂

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  1. Gene McCullagh

    Simple and elegant. Thanks Glyn!

  2. Nat

    Hi Glyn. Great tip thanks :)! Do you have a direct link for how to do the faux spotlight as I can’t seem to find it? Thanks so much.

  3. Ronnie

    Wow…is that all!?!? Great tip, thanks Glyn!

  4. Evgeny

    Thank you! 🙂

  5. DaveT

    I must try this. I have been suffering with banding showing up on some of my images for ages. This could be the answer that I have been looking for.

    Thanks Glyn


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