Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Running as a photo plugin, part of Learning Tiffen Dfx.
- Before we take a look at moving images, let's begin with static photos. Accessing the Tiffen Dfx package as a plugin is fairly intuitive, and it's going to be like any other plugin that you already have loaded on your system. For example, let's start with Lightroom. If I select an image here, and double click to open it, you'll see that I have all of my Lightroom controls. For example, I can use any of the tools available to me here to fix this image.
In this case, I did a little bit of an Auto Tone; I'll pull the exposure down a little, and tweak the value of the whites there, making them a bit brighter. You see, the histogram reacts. Let's make sure that it's set up as an external editor for Lightroom. After all, Lightroom can't run plugins natively in the app, but it can use an external editor. If you choose the External Editing tab, you'll see that Photoshop by default is targeted. However, there are additional external editors, and Tiffen Dfx should be available in the preset list after installing the application.
In this case, you'll see that it's sending it over as a TIF file. This is the format that Tiffen prefers for you to edit, although it can hand off others. Keep the Color Space as SRGB; for Tiffen, that's its preference. And then leave it as 16 Bits per Channel for the maximum Bit Depth. Everything else I leave the same. When it comes back, it's going to stack the edited file with the original in your library. That looks good, so I'll click OK.
Now, I can choose Photo, Edit In, Dfx. This'll send it over. Typically, I'll choose to edit a copy, and keep my Lightroom adjustments. Clicking Edit sends the file over. And it opens here into Dfx. For example, if I work with black and white here, or perhaps one of the Film Stocks.
I like this one, I'll click to apply it. You'll see it updates, and returns it to Lightroom. So now, both are inside of my catalog: the original, and the one was processed inside of Tiffen Dfx. Similarly, in Photoshop this is pretty straightfoward. I can make this a Smart Object, and then choose Filter, Tiffen, Dfx. Now it opens up, and everything becomes available.
For example, let's put a soft Pro Mist Filter on this, to bloom out the highlights, as well as add an additional filter. I'm gonna come down here to Lens, and manually add a Vignette, and adjust its parameters just a bit. Let's put a little bit of Randomness in there, and Distortion.
Here we go. A little bit of variety on the Vignette. Click to apply it, and you see it sends it back into Photoshop as a Smart Filter. You can of course now turn it on and off quite easily, or double click and you are returned to the to the Editing Interface, which allows you to tweak things like the Vignette Position, go into the Pro Mist and refine the parameters; in this case, I'll back it down a bit. Close, and you see it updates intuitively, with the ability to turn things on and off quite simply as a Smart Object.
Accessing it through any other tool, such as Lightroom or Photoshop Elements, is pretty straightforward. You're just going to engage it as an Editor. Inside of Photoshop Elements, just apply it like any other filter that you would normally run, and on the Aperture side, you can choose to invoke this as an external editor.
- Running Tiffen Dfx as a video or photo plugin
- Choosing a category and a filter
- Working with filter presets
- Limiting filters with masks
- Masking for precision
- Processing film with Film Lab filters
- Using the HFX Diffusion filters
- Correcting color and lens issues
- Refining light
- Using special effects