Lightroom: Using Grain in Your Images

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Series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®

Looking for that little something to distinguish your images? Adding Grain could be the perfect thing.

Against the Grain

The tool Grain provides texture to your image. Add a little or a lot with Amount, change the Size of the grain to small or large. Move the Roughness slider to get to that sweet spot for exactly what you are looking for.

Lightroom / Develop Module / Effects / Grain Tool

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Jennifer Apffel is a photographer with over a decade of experience in portrait, event, and product photography. She also does freelance graphic design and fine art. For more check out, or look for her on

"You can't be an artist. Artists don't make any money," ... a trusted adviser told me. So I studied something else. And I worked at other jobs. But, given a moment and I'd find a paintbrush and canvas, or I'd make food into art. I found a camera, and light and composition became my medium. I found a computer, and I became a Photoshop fanatic and graphic designer, and I taught myself to build websites. Anything to be able to create.

I am an artist, plain and simple, and I've come to understand that all these years later. Artists create beauty where there was none. Artists ask tough questions and challenge others. Artists communicate without words. Artists build and tear down. Artists bring joy, hope, understanding, empathy, growth, change and a myriad of things to others.

Involve and influence others. Impact and make a difference. Inspire, lift and make others' lives better. This is what I strive to do.

I share my creations and am glad to have made an imprint in this moment of your life.

That's what real artists do.