With the latest release of DxO FilmPack, version 3 from DxO Labs, you can not only add the style and beauty of classic films to your images, you can now add additional effects giving you more capabilities to replicate the look and feel of real film as well as artistic effects. DxO FilmPack is a plug-in that gives digital images both the look and the grain of conventional films.
Why would you want to give a "film look" to digital? Didn't film fall out of favor because of all the graininess and the color differences? Why would you want to start making your images look as though they were taken on film? Well, one reason is for artistic license. You may want to give an image that fresh-from-the-fixer look. Another reason is that you may want to integrate film images and digital images together in presentation and you need some method to get a more consistent look for all.
DxO FilmPack recreates the color and grain of over 60 classic film types. These include Kodachrome, Tri-X, Velvia, and Illford. These films were analyzed and reproduced so that they could be applied with just one stroke of the keyboard. The package also offers access to several toning filters to transform any digital image into a toned print. These include Sepia, Terra Sepia, Ferric Sulfate, Gold Sepia, Gold, and Selenium.
DxO labs has a complete list of the available film looks and other effects, and they break down into seven categories: Positive Color films, Negative Color films, Black and White films, Creative Renderings, Filters, Cross-Processing, and Toning.
DxO FilmPack can be used as a standalone product or from the filter menu within Adobe Photoshop. With version 3, it can also be used within Adobe Lightroom, and Apple Aperture. The user interface is self-explanatory. You have listings of the categories and film types in a scrolling bar on the bottom, and sliders and controls on the left side. You choose an emulsion and the filter applies the changes to your image. You are presented with a preview on the screen so you can see what it looks like.