Need Help Please! Any Ideas on How I Could Make this Look More Realistic??

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by New10, May 4, 2010.

  1. New10 macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2010
    hey guys..

    so i saw this picture (not created by me):


    and was inspired to give a "film " border to my photos

    this is what i have so far (created by me):


    i am not entirely satisfied w/ how the border looks...i dont feel like it looks realistic...

    i plan on making a collage like the photo above so i was thinking the number on the film strip needs to change as well as some other aesthetic improvements that could probably either be made in photoshop or with a better film strip stock image...

    i extracted the border from this image


    so my question is

    1.) does anyone on here have a better image of a "film strip" that i could use in my pictures? maybe one that is more detailed higher resolution etc.

    2.) any other ideas on how i could make the whole film strip theme more realistic?

  2. pdxflint macrumors 68020


    Aug 25, 2006
    Oregon coast
    The bottom image looks like it came from a black and white contact that's about as real as film strips get.

    On the border you created so far-- two things to think about: you forgot the sprocket holes, which are pretty darn important if you want it to look like "real" film border, at least for 35mm, and you're putting a b/w film border on a color image... definitely not realistic.

    You need to know what the film edges look like both in negative and positive, and get the positive "look" going for your border. You would need a 'positive' contact sheet printed, then scan it. Then overlay the film image in photoshop with your digital image, leaving the border as is. That seems the easiest way to do it...

    Anyone else?
  3. Doylem macrumors 68040


    Dec 30, 2006
    Wherever I hang my hat...
    Yup... sprocket holes 'say' 35mm film. But, IMO, the best way to end up with something that looks like film... is to shoot some film. ;)
  4. GuyNextDoor macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    It's a bit hard to tell from the scanned film frame you show, but in addition to the sprocket holes, two things jump out at me:
    1 - The "black area" surrounding the image completely frames the image, on all four sides, not just top and bottom, and is wider than what you produced.
    2 - The edges between the image and border are not as crisp as what you've produced, they are a bit soft.
  5. Stratification macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2005
    Spokane, WA
    To echo what was just said, I think a big part of selling it will be the softer edges. You don't get crisp absolutely straight edges like that, at least not in the look you're going for.
  6. New10 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2010

    i actually purposely left out the sprocket holes because the holes in the image that i have are not too obvious and since im making a collage it would create too much black "dead space" if that makes sense.

    this collage doesnt have any sprocket holes and i think it still looks realistic


    to those saying i need to fray/roughen up the edges in the center image how would i do that in photoshop??

    also if anyone has a better "film strip" image pls help out cuz ive looked up and down on google and cant find anything better than the image i posted

    i also dont have one of my own to scan so thats kind of a problem.
  7. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    The collage isn't made to replicate 35mm film. The aspect ratio is too close to square, so it is something like 120 or 220 medium format film. I have never shot with medium format, only large and 35mm in film. I can't remember if 120/220 had sprocket holes. 120 is on the left and 35mm on the right below.


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  8. jampat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2008
    I would create a mask on the photo layer filled with white, use black paint, smallish soft brush, setup some size jitter and angle and reduce the opacity (or maybe flow?). Click one corner, ctrl-click another corner and it will draw a line connecting the two points, but the edge won't be straight due to the size jitter. You may need to play with the brush engine settings to get the effect you want.
  9. pdxflint macrumors 68020


    Aug 25, 2006
    Oregon coast
    If you want it to look more realistic, and you want the thinner edge without the sprocket holes but still with the film id/frame number, etc. you need to crop your images to a 6x7 format or square, so it looks like medium format film. Otherwise, it will look fake no matter what you do.

    Make your black background, including lettering on the edges, and then in separate layers add your cropped (to look like correct format) images on top. Size the top layer images so they fit very similarly close to the edges, and space them close together, like they would look on the negative, with a very slight black area between each image. This distance should be consistent, like it would be as shot in a med. format camera. Also, keep the spacing for the frame numbers the same distance from each other. This might do the trick.
  10. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    Yes, the negative you want to emulate is 120 film, which has no sprocket holes. The film is wound from one reel to another across the film plane. This is also why the images are not spaced exactly from frame to frame across the negative, because the advance lever doesn't move exactly the same distance between shots. The square images are 6x6. Other common frame sizes are 6x4.5 and 6x7, for example.

    Study the image. Notice that the imperfections in the frame image will be consistent, because they are made by the same camera body, so don't just go making random imperfections around each image frame.

    You could trace one of the images very carefully around the frame, and use that as a mask for all your images. Black over the existing images, insert your own images, and use that mask to make the same frame imperfections, consistently across each image.

    I just took a look at the sample with... Lady GaGa or whatever... and noticed that they're all image 17 / 17A. This is bogus. Each frame has a sequential number. They copied frame 17 for all frames. Don't do that if you want it to be realistic.

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