DxO FilmPack

One image, 4 creative renderings with DxO FilmPack 5

In collaboration with Christophe Gressin

In this tutorial, we will present you with some of the new features in DxO FilmPack and show you how they offer you even more creative possibilities. We will do this by taking a single image and creating four very different renderings, explaining to you how to do so in detail as we go.

The renderings we will present reflect our own artistic biases; you can adapt these to suit your own tastes, of course. Try different things with your images and don’t hesitate to share them on various social media sites.

To follow this tutorial, you will need:

  • DxO FilmPack 5 (Elite Edition for certain effects)
  • Some photos, in RAW, JPEG, or TIFF format

1- Designer preset

Step 1 – Choose your designer preset

Choose a creative designer preset in the Presets pane that is close to the result you want to obtain. For this tutorial, we will choose the Lo-Fi designer preset to obtain a blue tint for our image.


If you know all or part of the name of a preset, use the search function to narrow down the possibilities and find it quickly.

Step 2 – Eliminate the vignetting

Click on the  button to access the image settings.

This designer preset applies a strong vignetting that we would like to eliminate. To do so, move the Intensity slider in the Creative vignetting palette to 0.


To return a slider to its initial value, just double-click on it.

Step 3 – Reinforce the grain

In the Grain palette in the Film section, choose the film that corresponds to the look you would like. We will choose Ilford Delta 400, available in the list of Black & white films.

Adjust the intensity of this preset by changing the Intensity slider setting; here we will strengthen it by choosing a value of 130.

Step 4 – Soften the colors

In this photo, we will reduce the color saturation a bit in order to obtain a softer rendering.

In the Light & Color palette in the Development section, reduce the Saturation from its original designer preset setting of +65 by moving the slider to +20.

You have finished your first custom rendering:

2- Rendering with frame and texture

Step 1 – Reinitialize all the settings

To begin defining a new rendering without basing our work on the preceding example, return to the list of renderings by clicking on  , and reset all of the changes by clicking on the New button above the list of renderings.

Step 2 – Add some creative blur vignetting

The Blur palette includes five different setting sliders (only the vignetting intensity appears so long as it stays set at 0):

  • Intensity: Controls the amount of blur vignetting
  • Radius: Defines the size of the sharp space in the image.
  • Transition: Controls the level of the progressive transition from sharp to blurry.
  • Roundness: Adjusts the shape of the sharp zone in the center, varying from a rectangle at the edges to a perfect circle.
  • Diffusion: Controls the density of the blurry area.

In our example, we will set the Intensity at 30, the Roundness at 70, and the Diffusion at 10.

The last setting offered is the Set center button, which lets you place an anchor point on the photo that you can move to re-center the blur vignetting effect.

Click on the button  and move the anchor point to the middle of the Empire State Building located in the left half of the image. Validate by clicking on the Apply button.


After you have moved the center point, you can double-click on the anchor point in the photo to return it to its initial position.

Step 3 – Add a texture

Choose the texture that works best with your photo from the choices in the Texture palette drop-down menu.

We have chosen here the Creased paper texture.

The Intensity slider lets you bring out or reduce the effect; the Move button changes the position of the texture effects in the photo in a random fashion. Click on Move until you have achieved the desired result.

Step 4 – Add a frame

Choose the frame you want from the drop-down menu in the Frame palette. Here, we are choosing the Glass frame.

Use the Rotate button to move the pattern around the edges of the frame.

Note that you can choose to place the photo inside certain frames or place the frame outside the photo, which can have an impact on the size of the image file.

Here is the result for your second rendering:

3- Custom color rendering

Step 1 – Choose a color film

Choose a color film type on which to base your custom rendering.


Using a predefined preset or film rendering resets all of the changes applied to an image in order to apply the settings of the selected preset. Note that if you apply a preset from the Presets pane, all of the settings associated with that film will be applied (e.g., grain, vignetting, etc.), whereas if you select a film from the Film rendering palette, only the color rendering will be applied.

We will use Kodak Elite Color™ 200 film, accessible in the list of Color negative films.

Step 2 – Eliminate the grain

In the Grain palette in the Film section, select No grain.

The grain of the film you initially selected is no long applied.

Step 3 – Adjust the colors

In the Settings pane, bring out the colors by using the sliders in the Light and Color and Contrast tools in the Developmentsection.

Set the sliders as follows:

  • Exposure: 1.0
  • Saturation: 60
  • Vibrancy: 45
  • Contrast: 70
  • Micro-contrast: 40

Step 4 – Add a light leak effect

In the list of Light leak effects in the Graphic effects section, choose Color Leak 1. To bring out the effect on the vibrant colors in the image, set the Intensity slider to 75.

Your third custom rendering is finished:

4- Custom black & white rendering

Step 1 – Choose a black & white film and adjust the grain

Among the Black & white films, choose Ilford HPS™ 800 rendering.

In the Grain palette, reduce the intensity to 65 to soften the grain rendering.

Step 2 – Correct the image

We will now use the corrections in the image settings to adjust the photo.

In black & white, the Channel mixer lets you locally adjust the tone for each color channel. Our example photo has two dominants, red and blue; by acting on these channels, we will adjust the corresponding areas in the image. Here we will set the value of the Red at –25 and that of the Blue at –65.

The contrast and micro-contrast will give a dramatic aspect to the image. Set the Contrast at 55 and the Micro-contrast at 50.

Step 3 – Add some vignetting

We will now apply some creative vignetting to draw people’s attention to the center of the image. In the Creative vignettingpalette, set the Intensity at –60, the Midpoint at 45, and the Roundness at 40.

Step 4 – Add a creative toning

To finish our photo, we will add a Gold toning to cool off the rendering. Apply the toning to both the high tones and the low tones in the dedicated palette in the Film section. Given that doing so will darken the image, recalibrate the overall balance by adjusting the intensity of the high tones to –80 and that of the low tones –50.

And here is your fourth custom rendering:

As you can see, depending on your tastes and creative instincts, you can create very different and finely-crafted renderings from just one photo!

Photos credits: Beboy Photographies