Nik Collection 2 5: Reviving the Forgotten Film Simulation Filter

Nik Collection 2 5: Reviving the Forgotten Film Simulation Filter


hello I’m Robin Whalley welcome to lenscraft the other day an email came in letting me know there was a new release
of the net collection today I’m going to demonstrate the new film simulations in
the Nik collection 2.5 and then show you how you can modify them and starting
with my image open in photoshop although you can use any application that
supports editing with Nick I’ll then launch Nick color effects pro
using the Nick selective tool you can also launch the Nick plugins from the
Photoshop filters menu it doesn’t make any difference
know that I had the image in color effects Pro I’m going to add a filter
from the filters library the filter you want is the film effects modern branded if I switch to the split-screen mode you
can see the effect of the filter using the default settings now look at the top of the filter and
you’ll see a drop-down list this lists all the film simulations in the filter
including the five new ones in Nick 2.5 if I move down the list with my mouse
you can see a preview of the simulation on the main image for this image I’ll
use the new fuji FP 100c option I can then use the brightness and contrast
sliders to lighten the image and increase the contrast but when I lighten
the image it also seems to reduce the contrast and if I increase the contrast
it seems to block up the shadow areas one way to control this is with the
shadows and highlights slider you can use these sliders to protect either the
shadows or highlights from adjustments and this helps you manage any problems
with clipping another way to control the problem is
using control points if I add a negative control points in the dark area of the C
I can remove the effect of the filter from that area you may also find though
that the effects removed from other areas where you want it to appear and
you can add the AK in using the plus control point now these tools are fine but there is a
third way to control the effect and it’s often overlooked you can adjust the
actual film simulation using the film detail section of the filter if I expand
this you’ll see four sections sensitivity saturation tone curve and
film grain I’ll start with the tone curve where I can see that it’s applying
a lot of contrast to the image and that’s what’s causing the problem with
the shadows in this image by adjusting the shadow points on the curve I can
prevent the shadows from becoming blocked up now let’s look at the sensitivity
sliders these control how white are darker color appears in the image you’ll
see this when I move the yellow slider left and right when I move it to the
left it darkens the yellows in the image and if I move it to the right it
lightens them by working through each of the sliders and then moving them left to
right you can find out how the image responds if you want to reset the slider you can
select the film simulation again from the drop-down do remember though that
this will reset all the film adjustments and lytx not just the sliders you may
find a better approach is to use the history panel once you understand how the image
responds to the sensitivity sliders you can tweak them after that you can move on to adjust the
levels of saturation of individual colors again moving the slider to the
left reduces a saturation for a color whilst moving it to the right increases
it finally I’m going to add a
soft grain to the image once I’m happy with my adjustments I’ll
say this as a new recipe then I can apply that recipe to any of my images in
the future now let’s compare my modified settings with the original film
simulation I’ll start by resetting the filter by
selecting the film simulation again I’ll then move the history point slider
down to the end of the history list this sets the latest filter as the before
State for any comparisons I can then apply my save film recipe to the image
to replace the existing film adjustment if you look in the history list you can
see the new recipes applied if I change to the split-screen view again you can
see the effect the initial simulation appears on the left and my modified
version appears on the right and to compare the new simulation with the
original image just return the pointer to the start of the history list I hope
you found today’s video useful and that is given you some new ideas about
working with the Nik collection and the color effects film filter I’m Robin Whalley you’ve been watching lenscraft I’ll see you next time for another video

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  1. I'm still using the old NIK collection from Google (with Affinity Photo), I'm going to buy NIK 2.5 this week. I remember the first time I used NIK collection, I fell in love with the control points, now I can't be without it. I have used the film sliders too, they work really well for tweaking adjustments.
    Thanks so much Robin for all your videos! I know I would be lost without your knowledge & help.
    Cheers,

  2. I tried to upgrade from Google NIK (Purchased April 2013) to latest NIK to be told by DxO that as they did not have any purchase records of orders from Google I was not eligible for the upgrade. I could produce my original Paypal receipt if required but was not offered this option either. So moral of the story I will happily continue with my old version for now until DxO cop on to themselves

  3. I have the latest update to NIK 5.02, but the new film simulation doesn't appear. It just says Film Efex Modern. The Photoshop plugins in preferences shows they've been installed. Don't know if this is the place for such tech help, but would like to be able to use software that I've paid for. Thank you.

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