Five key features
Properties of pukka plug-ins
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.
Lightroom struggles to target a specific area with an effect, but some plug-ins enable you to brush in effects and create layer masks.
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.
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.
Most of these plug-ins need serious processing power to preview and load effects quickly, so check that your computer’s specs match up.