DxO FilmPack 4 features 03: Black & White effects
The options for black and white images are largely the same. The Film Rendering panel now displays a list of black and white films rather than colour, but the Film grain panel works in the same way – again, you can choose both the film type and the format. If you choose a different film, you can pick both colour and black and white emulsions, though, which seems a bit odd.
The Filter panel looks the same as it does in the Color panel. This time, though, the image stays black and white – the filter simply changes the appearance of the greyscale conversion. The filters don’t seem to be replicating the effect of traditional black and white filters. To achieve this, you have to swap to the Settings tab and use its Channel Mixer panel.
The Toning panel works just as it does in the Color tab, adding a toning effect such as Sepia, Selenium or Gold to the base ‘paper’. The Creative vignetting, Creative blur vignetting, Texture, Light leak and Frame panels work in just the same way too, and this is perfectly logical since they replicate effects created by the camera and darkroom process rather than the film used.
DxO FilmPack 4 features 04: Settings
The Settings tab has Basic settings for Contrast and Exposure, Advanced settings for Micro-contrast (both) and Vibrancy (colour only), a handy Tone Curve panel and a Noise removal option. The one difference between the Color and Black & White adjustments is that the Hue – Saturation – Lightness panel for Color images is replaced by a Channel Mixer panel for Black & White.