Someone asked me how I got the sunbleached faded photo treatment from this photo (mouseover to see original):
The film effects section of my last article on Aperture presets reminded me that I really like the film effects in nik Color Efex Pro and nik Silver Efex Pro.
I thought I’d try to emulate them in Aperture with a set a presets, starting with black and white film.
Download the presets here. Current version at time of this writing is 0.4.
(Note that my friends of Aperture Users @ Flickr are thinking of creating a website to house presets so I don’t know how long I’ll keep updating this. In the meantime, I added Pavel Sigarteu’s SinCity, El TiDY’s presets, and Ian Wood’s Aperture 2 Image Presets Project to the download.)
In order to show the B&W film effects, I hacked in an extension to my IMG Mouseover plugin. Above the image there’s a control panel where you can click to see the effect of the preset (and compare it to Silver Efex Pro):
- Kodak ISO 32 Panatomic X
- Ilford Pan F Plus 50
- Agfa APX Pro 100
- Fuji Neopan ACROS 100
- Ilford Delta 100 Pro
- Kodak 100 TMAX Pro
- Ilford FP4 Plus 125
- Kodak Plus-X 125PX Pro
- Agfa APX 400
- Ilford Delta 400 Pro
- Ilford HP5 Plus 400
- Ilford XP 2 Super 400
- Kodak 400 TMAX Pro
- Kodak Tri-X 400TX Pro
- Kodak BW 400CN Pro
- Fuji Neopan Pro 1600
- Ilford Delta 3200 Pro
- Kodak P3200 TMAX Pro
More Aperture presets
Aperture Presets are not new to Aperture 3. Before this however, you had to apply them by using the lift-and-stamp tool and share them by generating an Aperture project. It was never a very good solution. But my recent post on presets, made me look into our archives for some Aperture 2 settings to add to my Preset Library.
Download the presets here. Current version at time of this writing is 0.3b.
Without further ado, here they are: (Remember to mouseover the images to see the pre-preset versions…)
Graeme Smith came up with this setting darken and saturate the sky. When coupled with a brush and other enhancements, this should be a pretty good start for landscape photography.
Bakari finds this levels tweak adds some much-needed contrast to outdoor photos.
Aperture now has two cross-process presets, but I thought I’d bring in the one created by heber vega also. Cross-processing probably started with a mistake from dipping films in the wrong chemical bath during development… now it creates an interesting recognizable effect.
This is an old trick from the video camera world. One way to get video, in Final Cut, to get a look resembling a movie was to adjust the output curve of the finished video to resemble film’s characteristic curves. You do this by creating an slanted S bend in the curve. Since Aperture 3 finally has curves, it was time to create a “film look” preset, which I did.
Hope you enjoy the presets, and contact me if you have other suggestions for more.