Advance Film grain compositing technique in Premiere Pro

Film Grains are the new black, the ongoing trend among filmmakers and video editors. Once considered a by-product, but now only when the digital cameras are giving ultra clean videos, we all realized we are missing an important part of filmmaking.

Epidemic of Ultra sharp Digital Images

Digital videos are way too sharp and way too clean. It is then when one realizes the uses of film grains. Film grains not just act as a nostalgic charm but also as a cohesive medium to stitch your film and bind it all together in a single mesh.

But what people do is they just drop the grain overlays on their footage and render their final output. This is a wrong practice. If you take a look at any film shot on a 16mm or 35mm film camera then you will observe that the film grain only appears in the dark areas of an image. In today’s Blog, we’re going to take a look at how we can create a similar composition on digital footages within Premiere Pro using our 16mm Film Overlays.


  1. We will duplicate our footage and place it on top of the film grain layer.
  2. Add Brightness and Contrast tool to duplicate footage and Track Matte key on the grain layer and set it to Matte Luma.
  3. Adjust the brightness and contrast on our duplicate footage.
  4. Lower the overall film grain visibility as per the taste.

You can follow the link to the tutorial below anyways to have a better understanding.

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Film Grains add cinematic aesthetics to your film. It gives a subtle sense of motion to your shots. Now, using a film camera for the same might not be feasible for every filmmaker, because it can be really expensive.

This is why we provide premium 16mm High-Quality Film Grains and Textures scanned in 4K along with custom-made LUTs so that you can emulate the film look on your digital footages at your ease.

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