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Digital Film Tools 55mm 7.0 for Adobe Photoshop

12 filters added to this robust set of professional filters By John Virata

Digital Film Tools has released 55mm 7.0, a collection of digital optical filters for Adobe After Effects, Photoshop and compatible applications, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, and Avid editing systems. The collection enables users to simulate lenses, camera filters, lab processes, film grain, and other photographic effects within the host application, and without having to invest in such hardware. In this review we take a look at the new filters to the set, of which there are 12. The new filters include Chromatic Aberration, Color Infrared, Cool Mist, DeFringe, Double Fog, Edge Glow, Old Photo, Pencil, Split Tone, X-Ray, and Two Strip and Three Strip filters, which were created under the direction of Academy Award Winning director Rob Legato, who used the effects in The Aviator.

Chromatic Aberration enables you to tweak the image in order to repair aberrations caused by the camera lens. the idea is to tweak the image's color channels until you get the desired look. The colors are adjusted via the filter's distortion, anamorphic squeeze, curvature X, Curvature Y, Center X, and Center Y sliders. You first choose which colors (Red/Cyan), Blue/Yellow, Green/Magenta) you want to adjust and then work with the sliders until you get the effect you wish.

Color Infrared gives a more unreal look to an image, like viewing it through an infrared scope or similar device. The filter enables you to adjust the image's magenta, Blue, Hue, and Contrast via sliders to achieve a variety of infrared and unnatural looks, ranging from the familiar Red look, to others with pink colored skies, or other color shades. Below are image samples.


Color infrared

Cool Mist features two settings that can be tweaked; Mist and Cooling. Cool mist reduces contrast, to give an image a more ethereal look to it.  The Mist filter is adjusted using the Brightness, Horizontal, and vertical Blur sliders. Cooling is adjusted  via the opacity, Preserve highlights, and Exposure Compensation sliders. You can also pick color and have that color applied to the adjustments. In the image below, a color has been added.

Cool Mist in green.

Double Fog gives an image a fogged over look to it. You first apply the fog to a vanishing point, and then adjust the fog slider, and the minimum and maximum depth. You can then apply a glow to the image and tweak it using the Brightness and horizontal and vertical blur to the image to cause the effect to pop. See image below.

Double fog

Edge Glow highlights the lines in an image and then applies a glow to the highlighted areas only. You can adjust either the Glow or the Edge or both. Glow is adjusted using the brightness, horizontal and vertical blur, While the edge can be adjusted via the Brightness and Blur sliders.

Old Photo filter is supposed to give an image a look of different photographic processes, including cyanotype, Kallitype, Light Cyan, Palladium, Platinum, Sepia, Silver, Silver Gelatin, and Van Dyck. You can tweak the filter's brightness, contrast, and gamma, as well as the filter's tint via the Opacity sliders, and the Preserve highlights sliders. the tint can also be color changed to a specific color to help attain the look you are trying to achieve. The Color Correct button enables you to adjust the image's hue, saturation, brightness, contrast, and gamma.

Old Photo

Pencil takes all the edges in an image and gives them a pencil outline. The filter is controlled using the amount slider, and the outline's color can be tweaked for the desired result. See image below.

Pencil

Split Tone enables you to adjust the shadows, midtones, and highlights of an image via the opacity slider as well as the position and range of the tint that you apply to it. the tint can be color picked from the basic colors in Photoshop or you can create a custom color. The white areas of the image will be tinted based on the color you choose.

X-Ray gives your images an x-ray look. This is done via the x-ray filter and manipulating the filter brightness, contrast, and gamma sliders, as well as the individual red, green, blue, yellow, and orange presets.

X-ray

The Two-strip and Three strip filters give an image a hand painted look by enabling you to tweak the image's red green and blue color values. When you view these selection values, the white areas of the image are what tend to be affected by the Two-strip filter. When you adjust the intensity of the red, green, or blue color channels, the color values that become darker is what will be affected by the filter.

These 12 filters are in addition to a long list of other existing filters that can be applied with 8- or 16-bits per channel processing. The filters that make up the set include Black & White, Black Mist, Bleach Bypass, Blur, Center Spot, Chromatic Aberration, Color Compensating, Color Conversion, Color Correct, Color Grad, Color Infrared, Color Spot, Cool Mist, Cross Processing, Day for Night, Defog, Defringe, Depth of Field, Diffusion, Double Fog, Dual Grad, Edge Glow, Enhancing, Faux Film, Flashing, Fluorescent, Fog, F-Stop, GamColor Gels, Gels, Glow, Gold Reflector, Grain, Halo, Infrared, Kelvin, Lens Distortion, Light, Light Balancing, Low Contrast, Mist, Mono Tint, ND Grad, Night Vision, Old Photo, Overexpose, Ozone, Pencil, Photographic Filters, Polarizer, Printer Points, Rack Focus, Radial Exposure, ReLight, Rosco Gels, Selective Color Correct, Selective Saturation, Silver Reflector, Skin Smoother, Soft Effects, Split Field, Split Tone, Star, Streaks, Strip Grad, Sunset/Twilight, Telecine, Temperature, Three Strip, Tint, Two Strip, Ultra Contrast, Vari-Star, Vignette, Warm Black Mist, Warm Mist, Warm Soft Effects and X-Ray.

Each filter has its own set of controls that you can tweak (or not), to achieve your desired results. 55mm 7.0 is a powerful set of filters for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors that accept Photoshop plugins. They help to make working with the images a whole lot easier, and the output is professional. Pricing for 55mm 7.0 for Adobe Photoshop is $245. Pricing for 55mm 7.0 is $495 for the following applications; Avid Editing systems, Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, Autodesk Combustion, and eyeon Digital Fusion. For more information, or to download a trial version filter set, visit www.digitalfilmtools.com.


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John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at [email protected]
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