Price: 125 . 26 . 255 . 51
Company: Digital Film Tools
Pros: Accurate replications of many real-world techniques. Updates underlying algorithms.
Cons: Few worthwhile additions in new release. Photoshop interface needs overhaul.
Digital Film Tools’ 55mm is a collection of plug-ins that replicate the effects of real-world camera and film processing techniques. Version 7.0 adds 12 new filters, and gives the previous set of around 25 a tune up.
As before, the set is available in two versions: a less expensive release for Photoshop (as well as other image-editing tools) and a pricier edition for After Effects and other editing and compositing applications. Both have the same filters, but with the AE set you can keyframe an impressively high number of the parameters over time.
The new tools focus on creative colour effects, though there’s a couple of very useful clean-up tools for colour fringing.
Chromatic Aberration gets rid of a specific type of fringing by removing distortion from individual colour channels. Defringing removes the effects of overloaded video or still camera CCDs. Both are very effective, though slow. The manual does a great job of explaining when to use one and not the other – and overall the documentation is top notch.