Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Special effects and borders, part of Up and Running with Tiffen Dfx.
- If you're looking for heavily stylized special effects ones that greatly manipulate the image such as some of the filters you'll find in Photoshop Elements, Tiffen Dfx has those as well. Let's go to Special Effects category and just step through. I really like the use of stylized borders this is a great way to give a shot an interesting look and this will work on photo or video. The cartoon filter can be used to simplify the image and pop some of the contrast.
But of course Night Vision, this will give you that ability to make it look like it was shot through goggles. Perhaps it's a Stencil using a pencil edge to create a line art look. And as you scroll through here there are lots of different choices. Now, the Looks category is still my favorite by far and sometimes putting that on after the fact is an interesting way to combine. But feel free to use these as you see fit.
I will use the Pencil look from time to time and the Cartoon look is also popular. The key though, is going into the Parameters. And this is where you can separately control things like the thickness of the line and the Amount of details. Same holds true here for Pencil. It's really going to take the Amount slider to dial in the look you're going for and then the balance of how much of the Background comes through if you want to blend that so it brings back some of the color.
As you explore these feel free to use these for a heavily stylized look but the one that I think is the hidden gem, that's most useful, is going to be Borders. With an extensive collection of borders to choose from these serve as a great starting point and remember all of these can be customized. So, you could adjust the Soft transition at the edge or how rough the border is. You could increase the Scale of the image so that more or less of the border shows through.
And you can Randomize the border giving you entirely new options. So as I drag that through you see it changes. Remember, the pop up list here gives you a choice of 11 different borders beyond that it's really a matter of using Randomize to come up with different choices. And if the border supports it you can flip it to get a different look or take advantage of some of the size properties. Some of these will offer additional options that you can tweak.
Let's go to Custom here and dial in the original Size as well as the Roughness for that border and mix it up a bit. And you see there that I've got a new look both a white and a black edge and it's pretty cool. Be sure to take advantage of saving your own presets and those will appear in the Presets list. This will make it simple for you to save some of your favorites and reuse them in the future.
- 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