Tiffen Dfx 4 Photo Plug-in

$150 (around £123) http://soft­ware.tiffen.com

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At its heart, Dfx 4 dig­i­tally repli­cates many of Tiffen’s own glass fil­ters and gels, but dig deeper and you’ll find a huge range of colour and mono film stock em­u­la­tions, plus many more generic fil­ters. Each can be ad­justed to vary­ing de­grees, but those with more ex­ten­sive cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions re­quire you to ne­go­ti­ate a long list of tightly packed slid­ers to ad­just techy pa­ram­e­ters such as gamma and sat­u­ra­tion across each colour chan­nel: no light leaks or grain op­tions here.

Else­where, some cryp­tic nav­i­ga­tion and view icons fur­ther steepen the learn­ing curve. In fact, the in­ter­face as a whole could do with an over­haul.

But un­der­neath all this is a fast, pow­er­ful plug-in with plenty of po­ten­tial. You get lay­ers and blend modes, plus mask­ing tools for lo­calised tar­get­ing of ef­fects. A batch-pro­cess­ing fea­ture seals the deal.

Tiffen Dfx 4 works on Macs and PCs and is com­pat­i­ble with Light­room 3 or later. It re­quires a dual-core pro­ces­sor and 4GB RAM and sup­ports JPEG, TIFF and RAW files.

Pros

Packed with pre­sets; se­lec­tive edit­ing and ef­fect stack­ing; snappy load­ing Cons

Lim­ited pre­set ad­just­ment; cryp­tic icons; some­what awk­ward in­ter­face We say A ca­pa­ble op­tion, but not as pol­ished as some ri­vals Over­all score

Dfx en­ables you to add ef­fects to sep­a­rate lay­ers, while the EZ Mask tool makes light work of mask­ing

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