Five key fea­tures

Prop­er­ties of pukka plug-ins

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Go­ing it alone

All of th­ese apps in­te­grate with your Light­room work­flow, but they can also go it alone or have sep­a­rate stand­alone ver­sions avail­able.

Be­ing se­lec­tive

Light­room struggles to tar­get a spe­cific area with an ef­fect, but some plug-ins en­able you to brush in ef­fects and cre­ate layer masks.

Lit­tle ex­tras

Some plug-ins do more than just em­u­late ana­logue film, but ex­tras such as im­age man­age­ment and crop­ping tools may be re­dun­dant if you al­ready have Light­room.

Cus­tom pre­sets

If you tweak a pre­set ef­fect, some plug-ins give you the op­tion to save your ef­fect as a cus­tom pre­set, so you can use it on other images.

Pro­cess­ing power

Most of th­ese plug-ins need se­ri­ous pro­cess­ing power to pre­view and load ef­fects quickly, so check that your com­puter’s specs match up.

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