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Digital Film Tools 55mm 4.0

By John Virata

Digital Film Tools has released an update to its 55mm digital optical filters. These are digital filters that plug into Adobe Photoshop (and Avid editing systems, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, and applications that follow the Adobe After Effects API) and emulate the effects created by traditional glass camera filters, specialized lenses, film grain, matte generation, and chemically-based optical lab processes. In the old film days, your camera bag might have been complemented with a variety of filters from such manufacturers as Sunpak, Cokin, or Hoya. While some digital cameras can still accommodate these filters, the effects of these and other traditional tweaks can be had with Digital Film Tools' 55mm 4.0. We took a look at the filter set and provided some base images to show the filter's effects on the images. All images except the sunset image were taken with an Olympus C2020 digital camera or a Canon Digital Rebel.


55mm Black and White enables you to change a color image to black and white and adjust the brightness, contrast, and gamma. The filter window also offers access to load Digital Film Tools presets, view the image in varying degrees from 16 percent on up to 100 percent, and switch the look from color to black and white. When in color mode, before you apply the filter, you can adjust the red, green, blue, yellow, and orange colors of the color image for added tweakability.

55mm Black Mist offers tools for adjusting the glow, matte, and color correction. Glow enables you to adjust the brightness, horizontal blur, and vertical blur. The Matte radio button enables you to tweak position, range and blur. Color Correct gives you the capability to tweak the hue, saturation, brightness, contrast, gamma, red, green, blue, and temperature.

55mm Bleach Bypass is a technique that is used in the film lab whereby the bleach stage in the color processing process is skipped, keeping the sliver in the image as well as the color dyes. This skews the image a bit, giving the image a more contrasty look to it. The filter enables you to tweak the image's amount, saturation, contrast, and color temperature to achieve this look. DFT says the final look of the image is black and white superimposed on a color image.

Cross Processing emulates a technique where 35mm print film is processed in chemicals that are used to process slides or the other way around. The filter adds more contrast and saturation to the image and dramatically changes the look of the colors.

Center Spot filter has an adjustable box that you move the image to highlight certain portions of the image while blurring out the rest of the image. You can blur either horizontally or vertically and adjust the size of the Center Spot box, giving you a larger or smaller area of focus.  

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