04 Texture effects
This is where FilmPack 4 gets interesting, with a selection of ‘distressed’ textures you can apply to your pictures. The drop-down menu reveals there aren’t that many of them, but then take another look – there’s a Randomize button below which generates a new texture each time you click it.
I’m finishing off with one of FilmPack 4’s framing effects, and this mock film emulsion border looks quite good. The choice isn’t that wide, but there is a button below to rotate frames 90 degrees at a time to vary the look.
06 Saving presets
After you’ve done all this work you might want to save your adjustments for re-use on other images. There’s a button for this, but it’s easy to overlook – it’s the tiny ‘+’ button (circled in red here) at the top of the tools panel. This pops up a panel at the top of the screen where you can type in a name for your new preset – I’m calling mine ‘Old Kodachrome 25’.
07 Using saved presets
To re-use your preset, open the presets panel at the bottom of the screen and click the Custom Presets tab. Your custom effect should be right there, along with any others you’ve created. When you click it, the tools panel on the right will display all the settings used to create it, and you can modify them, add to them and even save a new preset if you want to.
08 The finished picture
FilmPack 4 really is a major improvement over version 3, though you have to get the more expensive Expert version for all the best new tools. It might seem to cover the same territory as Google Analog Efex Pro, but while the DxO program doesn’t offer quite the same variety, it does work harder at simulating modern film emulsions.
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