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Old 01-27-2005, 07:17 PM   #1
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Default Digital Film Tools' 55mm plugin

Digital Film Tools (an off-shoot of Digital FilmWorks) provides visual effect plugins for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Avid Edit Systems, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Discreet Systems. Recently I took a look at the Photoshop version of their plugin set called "55mm."

Like nik Color Efex, Digital Film Tools' 55mm simulates glass camera filters, specialized lenses, lab processes, and film grain. But it also simulates natural light effects, such as light cast through windows, trees, and skylights.

In my brief test of these plugins, I found the effects to be of high quality, and most of the controls easy to understand. Several of the plugins are ones I would enjoy having in my photo tool kit.

If you decide to try the demo of 55mm, also try their plugin called Digital Film Lab. It combines a subset of several 55mm plugins into a single interface, and it comes with presets. It is up to you to decide if this kind of product differentiation makes sense, but if you do try the 55mm demo, I suggest you also take a look at Digital Film Lab (there is a discount if you buy both at the same time). Also be aware that the functionality of their Light! and Ozone plugins can be found in 55mm.

http://www.digitalfilmtools.com/55mm-4/55mm.htm

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Thanks Andrew, I have been wondering whether to shell out for Efex, but will investigate this too.
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Thanks Andrew, I have been wondering whether to shell out for Efex, but will investigate this too.
If/when you try it, please let me know what you think.

BTW, I'm still testing it, and I like some of the filters a lot. But I have not hit a photo yet where I feel like I must have 55mm to work on it. So for now, it stays in the watermarked demo mode.

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If/when you try it, please let me know what you think.

BTW, I'm still testing it, and I like some of the filters a lot. But I have not hit a photo yet where I feel like I must have 55mm to work on it. So for now, it stays in the watermarked demo mode.

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Andrew, can you tell me if the interface has changed? I remember Light being good, but a difficult interface. IOW, iirc, the results were good, but not good enough to overcome working with the interface. I couldn't find a page on their site that showed the interface (bless Harold Heim for doing better). I don't really have time right now for testing, and none at all if I have to learn a difficult interface<G>

   
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I don't really have time right now for testing, and none at all if I have to learn a difficult interface<G>
No comparison. And if you do test it, I strongly recommend that you take a look at 55mm's Diffusion plugin with its textures turned on. It shares the same patterns with Light!.
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No comparison. And if you do test it, I strongly recommend that you take a look at 55mm's Diffusion plugin with its textures turned on. It shares the same patterns with Light!.
That's good news. If they've improved the interface, I'll find the time....later....to try the plugin out. Thanks.

   
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I'll be waiting for a full report. :-)
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:04 PM   #8
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I consider 55mm to be a desert island suite. In the course of a large number of options, it does everything from color correction to creative effects, whereas most plug-ins do one or the other. I've got just about every plug-in there is, but I turn to this suite a lot.

More info and screenshots:
http://www.plugsnpixels.com/55mm.html

See also issue #2 of my ezine which features 55mm in the main tutorial:
http://www.plugsnpixels.com/ezine.html

And no, I am not an affiliate of Digital Film Tools ;-).
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