The fascination with traditional pre-digital image effects shows no sign of wearing off, if the release of Film Stocks is any indication. In this it joins a crowded field with similar plugins as DxO FilmPack, Retrographer and Nik Color Efex Pro. What’s different about Film Stocks? According to Marco Paolini, founder and president, Digital Film Tools, “The new Film Stocks plugin draws on our experience creating visual effects for hundreds of feature films and our expertise with film scanning and recording techniques. We have laboriously researched and analyzed different film stocks to come up with a set of interesting analog photographic, motion picture and vintage looks that will serve any project requiring that special analog film stock simulation.”
The plugin provides a wide range of preset looks as well as controls to create analog film stock presets from scratch, including color correction, curves, colored filters, sharpness, diffusion, vignetting and film grain. For example, users can choose from Agfa, Fuji, Ilford, Kodak, Polaroid and Rollei color and black and white film stocks. It’s also possible to choose from a range of historical photographic processes; generate cross processing effects; apply Lo-Fi photographic looks from Lomo and Holga toy cameras; age images with the looks of faded films; layer multiple effects; add vignettes; and selectively add effects via masks. The images below show the original at left, with the right image showing the Polaroid 669 effect.
Film Stocks for Mac and Windows works with Photoshop CS3 and up, as well as Elements, Lightroom and Aperture, and can be purchased on the Digital Film Tools site for $95. A trial version is also available for download.