Photoshop: how to recreate this uneven noise effect?

How can I achieve this kind of background effect in Photoshop?

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I tried some tips using textures or noise filter, but I can’t get close.

I like that the noise on the picture has gradients and unevenness – it looks natural and close to paper and chalk or something (especially the window light).

I tried to paint the picture using paint bucket and gradients first and then applied noise filter above all. Also tried to apply noise using masks on painted layers to get a gradient grain effect.

All looks very rough and computer-made:

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  1. Add a new layer above the artwork layers, and click Edit > Fill – choose 50% grey.

  2. Click Filter > Noise > Add noise. Set it to something like 16%, uniform, monochromatic.

  3. Set the layer mode in the layers panel to Overlay – reduce the opacity slider until you get the effect you want.

  4. If you think the effect is too harsh, you can apply some Gaussian blur to the noise layer, radius 0.5px.

Example showing noise layer

Source : Link , Question Author : ritz_as , Answer Author : Billy Kerr

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