Tech Tuesday: Tiffen DFX digital filters

When I started photography I read over and over the quality and desirability of Tiffen glass photographic filters. I always tried to by the best quality glass as why put a cheap filter in front of an expensive lens.

While I now use a Cokin filter system and only for things like a polarizer, ND or grad filters I still find plenty of use for Tiffen filters. Enter the Tiffen  DFX software. They do have version 2 out but I am still using V1.

I find these filters great for light balancing, glamour work and special effects.

Have a photo open in Photoshop or compatible editing program. My version does not automatically make a new layer so I made one and named it Tiffin

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Go to filters>Tiffen>DFX It will open the user interface

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under each type is a set of pre sets with varying strengths

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Then you can select what category of filter to use. Here I selected the color balance filters and you see the pre sets for it

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Let’s go back to the glamour diffusion filters

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I have selected the gold diffusion to impart a golden glow

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You have many sliders on the right for custom control to the color, blur, amount and strength. Once you are happy click done to apply.

Here is the before

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and the after

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Once applied you can lower the opacity, add a layer mask or even erase parts.There are many variables and pre sets to choose from. It will occupy your time for quite awhile just exploring the possibilities. there is a free trial to download and try out.

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2 Responses to “Tech Tuesday: Tiffen DFX digital filters”

  1. Tom Oliver Says:

    Now if Tiffen would make a swimsuit filter.

  2. Tom Oliver Says:

    Rickey,

    Could you send me the cleavage filter you use?

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