Officially announced and available immediately for $95usd (still image plugin) or $195usd (video plugin) this new offering from Digital Film Tools gives you the same amazing layer based control as Tiffen Dfx v.3, for 288 different film stock replications. Read on for examples and more info…
A great bang for the buck plugin, and beautiful union of cost and quantity compatible with Photoshop (CS3 and later), Aperture 3 and Lightroom 3 or later (or all three programs on the same computer) for all you digital photographers. For the videophiles out there, the $195 plugin runs in one, more or all of the following: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro 6/7 and Avid Editing Systems if installed on the same machine. *UPDATE it has been announced that the Film Stocks plug-in now supports Apple Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5. Existing Film Stocks video/film plug-in customers will receive this upgrade at no charge. I’m no videographer, so I can only guess that the video filters are as cool as their still photo counterparts are. I’ve run images through the plugin using Aperture 3, Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5 and can say, the interface and output is just as slick using all three.
Offering a quick, easy and very customizable image editing plugin, DFT allows photographers and videographers the ability to replicate the look of various film stocks. Why is this interesting, or what does DFT offer that the other current film replication plugins don’t? Well, for those who are familiar with Tiffen DFX most recent release (you can read my review article HERE) you gain a whole lot of control over these beautifully crafted filters, and the interface within DFT is all but identical, which is a really good thing. By being able to mask, layer and blend each respective layer as one would do in Photoshop, the possibilities are endless and only limited by your creative vision. If you have Photoshop, the ideas of layers might not blow your hair back, but for those of us that use Aperture or Lightroom, this is huge.
By opening an image in DFT-Film Stocks, you are met with an intuitive interface (identical in function to Tiffen Dfx v.3) which shows you your image and any added layers on the left, image with real time changes in the middle, your groups of presets along the bottom and the filters within each preset group on the right:
As an added bonus, you get a real time histogram at the bottom right which shows changes as you tweak and manipulate your file to ensure you’re getting your info where you want it. Once you’ve chosen a filter on the right, you can get into the parameters of each singular filter (via the parameters tab just above the histogram) enabling remarkable control to tones, colors, grain, color filters, sharpening, curves adjustments, vignettes, etc. See below:
Combined with the ability to add, mask and blend layers upon layers, this is a pretty amazing amount of software for the money. There are other film replication plugins out there (I plan to review the upcoming Exposure 4 from Alien Skin very soon) but at this price, Digital Film Tools – Film Stocks provides a solid argument against anything I’ve yet used, and like Exposure, offers both black and white along with color filters. Much like competition in the hardware side of photography benefiting everyone as it rises the game of all involved, so does the competition on the software side of the digital imaging coin. At it’s price, I’d say it is perfectly placed between the more budget minded B&W Effects from Topaz, and the more intensive Exposure program from Alien Skin. Choices at different price points which is good when looking to find the right plugin for each of us.
You can download the plugin, and use a fully functional 15 day trial (which I whole heartedly suggest) to see if this is something that works for you. Download the trial, or buy this plugin directly from Digital Film Tools HERE. You basically just need to download and install the software when prompted into your host program(s) of choice to initiate the trial and, after the 15 day trial expires you can purchase a license which automatically unlocks the software if you choose to continue with it.
No risk, and without commitment to buy all while getting a full trial for 15 days, the way it certainly should be. Give it a try if you’d like to see how some of your digital files might look if there were shot on film (or just like cool filters).
As always, we’d love to see any examples in our Flickr Group HERE.
Thanks for the read and happy shooting!