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The Definitive Digital Toolbox

DFT (aka Digital Film Tools) is the definitive digital toolbox meant to simulate optical camera filters, specialized lenses, film stocks and grain, lens flares, optical lab processes, color correction, keying, and compositing as well as natural light and photographic effects.


DFT is a standalone photographic image editor. It can also batch convert sequential files. Works with Cineon, DPX, Jpeg, Tiff and camera RAW files.



  • Simulation of optical glass camera filters, specialized lenses, film stocks, lens flares, optical lab processes, grain, exacting color correction as well as natural light and photographic effects
  • 112 individual filters
  • Thousands of customizable presets

Film Stocks & Looks

  • 329 different color and black and white still photographic film stocks, motion picture films stocks and historical photographic processes
  • 89 color grading presets from Academy Award nominated movies including 2001 A Space Odyssey, Apocalypse Now, Blade Runner, Back to the Future, Frankenstein, Gone with the Wind, King Kong, Saving Private Ryan and Titanic
  • 68 stylized color and black and white looks


  • 331 optical lens flare presets organized into Anamorphic, Circular, Polygons, Star, Starburst and Stylized categories
  • 193 different lighting gels to colorize your images
  • Gobo library for lighting effects includes 751 gobos categorized into Abstract, Doors, Elements, Foliage, Snowflakes, Textures and Windows groups

Photo Versions

  • Paint system that includes Black/White, Blur, Clone, Color, Eraser, Mosaic, Red-Eye, Repair and Scatter brushes
  • Image effects including non-destructive Crop, Rotate and Scale
  • Layering system for multiple filter application
  • Sophisticated but easy to use masking tools
  • Variation generator for effect parameters
  • Batch processing


  • Color management using ICC profiles
  • Exchangeable Image File Format (Exif)
  • Camera RAW, TIFF, JPEG as well as Kodak Cineon and DPX file formats
  • Mac Retina Display Support
  • 8, 16, 32 bit image processing
  • Multi-processor acceleration
  • GPU acceleration

DFT Filter List

DFT is comprised of the following filters: Ambient Light, Auto Adjust, Black and White, Bleach Bypass, Blur, Borders, Cartoon, Center Spot, Chroma Bands, Chromatic Aberration, Color, Color Correct, Color Gradient, Color Infrared, Colorize Gradient, Color Shadow, Color Spot, Cross Processing, Curves, Day for Night, DeBand, DeBlock, DeFog, DeFringe, DeNoise, Depth of Field, Detail, Develop, Diffusion, Dot, Double Fog, Dual Gradient, Enhancing, Eye Light, Fan Rays, Film Stocks, Flag, Flashing, Fluorescent, Fog, F-Stop, Frost, Gels, Glow, Glow Darks, Glow Edges, Grain, Grunge, Harris Shutter, Haze, High Contrast, Hot Spot, Ice Halos, Infrared, Kelvin, Key Light, Lens Distortion, Lens Flare, Levels, Light, Looks, Low Contrast, Match, Mist, Multi-Star, ND Gradient, Net, Night Vision, Overexpose, Ozone, Paint, Pastel, Pencil, Photographic, Polarizer, Printer Points, Rack Focus, Radial Exposure, Radial Streaks, Radial Tint, Rainbow, Random Spikes, Rays, Reflector, ReLight, Selective Color Correct, Selective Saturation, Sepia, Shadows/Highlights, Sharpen, Skin Tone, Silk, Sky, Soft Light, Spikes, Spiral Rays, Split Field, Split Tone, Star, Streaks, Sunset, Telecine, Temperature, Texture, Three Strip, Tint, Tone Adjust, Two Strip, Vignette, Water Droplets, Wide Angle Lens, and X -Ray.



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Auto Adjust

Automatically adjusts the image using Auto Color, Auto Contrast and Auto Levels processes.

Black and White

Black and White converts color images to black and white simulating the look of Black and White photographic filters.

Color Correctors

DFT includes a number of different color correctors that are handy for adjusting an image’s color. They include: Color Correct, F-Stop, Printer Points, Telecine and Temperature.


Curves adjusts the entire tonal range of an image by changing the shape of RGB, Red, Green or Blue curves. Curve points can be adjusted throughout the range of shadows to highlights.


Provides useful developing controls for globally adjusting the color and tonal scale of your images.


Selectively enhance any color to make it pop with little to no effect on other colors.


Removes the green cast caused by fluorescent bulbs.


Reduces excessive blue by absorbing UV light and eliminates haze which tends to wash out color and image clarity.

High Contrast

Creates an extreme high contrast image.


Degrees Kelvin is the standard unit of measure for color temperature which is a way to characterize the spectral properties of a light source. Low color temperature implies warmer (redder) light, while high color temperature implies a colder (bluer) light. Presets for a number of different light sources and conditions are provided in degrees Kelvin.


Levels is an image adjustment tool which can move and stretch the brightness levels of an image histogram. It has the power to adjust brightness, contrast, and tonal range by specifying the location of complete black, complete white, and midtones in a histogram.

Low Contrast

Low Contrast spreads highlights into darker areas, lowers contrast and keeps bright areas bright.


Matches the brightness and color from one image and applies it to another.


Inspired by Ansel Adams’ Zone System for still photography, Ozone allows you to manipulate the color of an image with incredible flexibility and accuracy.


The greatest use of polarizing filters is to achieve a darkened, deep blue sky. Our digital version of the Polarizer is designed to do just that. Through the use of a matte and an adjustable gradient, the color of the sky can be adjusted.

Warm Polarizer

Combines the benefits of the Polarizer with a warming filter making it ideal for portraits and scenics.

Selective Color Correct

Colors can be selectively isolated through the use of a matte and adjusted using hue, saturation, brightness, gamma, contrast, temperature, cyan/magenta, red, green, and blue controls.

Selective Saturation

The saturation of the image can be adjusted independently in the shadows, midtones and highlights.


Shadows/Highlights lowers contrast evenly throughout the image by brightening shadow areas and darkening highlights. It is useful for correcting dark foreground subjects due to strong backlighting as well as highlights that are slightly washed out.


Reduces UV light, haze and is pink tinted for added warmth and better colors. It is especially useful for images shot in outdoor open shade and on overcast days.

Tone Adjust

Tone Adjust approximates the appearance of high dynamic range images by adjusting the tonal values. Specifically, detail is recovered from the darker portions of the images and can optionally be denoised.



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Color Paste

Color Paste takes the luminance values of the foreground image and pastes it as a color over the background.


Composites a foreground over a background using a matte. Color correct, blur, grain, transform, edge and matte manipulation controls help create a seamless composite.

Drop Shadow

Drop shadows can be added to an image that has an Alpha channel. The opacity, color, blur and transformation of the drop shadow can all be adjusted.

Edge Composite

Edge Composite automatically generates an edge matte from an existing Alpha channel and allows you to mix, color correct or blur only the edge of the foreground.

Holdout Composite

The Holdout Composite is a two-layer/track effect that realistically composites images such as fire, explosions and smoke. This filter first creates a luminance matte of the foreground and pastes it as black (or other color) over the background. You then use one of the Blend Modes to place the foreground over the held out background.

Light Wrap

Light Wrap helps blend the foreground into the background by making the color of the background wrap into the foreground edges without softening the edge.

Math Composite

Math Composite combines two clips using one of the Blend modes. You can choose from Add, Subtract, Multiply, Screen, Difference, Darken and Lighten.

Non-Additive Mix

Known as a NAM, non-additive mix combines two images by controlling their luminance level relative to each other as well as a set mix percentage. Back in the day of video switchers and online editing, effects editors used a NAM to combine smoke and fire to another image.

Optical Dissolve

Optical Dissolve uses a power function to simulate an optical film dissolve. The bright areas of the B side of the dissolve appear sooner than the darker areas.


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Center Spot

Center Spot

Diffuses and blurs distracting backgrounds while keeping a center spot in focus. The center spot can be moved, sized and the amount of blur can be controlled.

Warm Center Spot

Combines the benefits of Center Spot with a warming filter making it ideal for portraits and skintones.


Diffusion creates atmosphere by reducing contrast while creating a glow around highlights or shadows using an extensive texture library.

Double Fog

The Double Fog filter creates a soft, misty atmosphere over the image by first applying fog using a vanishing point along the direction of increasing distance in the image. Then, a second pass blooms image highlights.


The Fog filter creates a soft, misty atmosphere over the image and glows highlights.



Creates atmosphere by reducing contrast while creating a glow around highlights.

Warm Mist

Same as Mist but combined with a warming filter.

Cool Mist

Same as Mist but combined with a cooling filter.

Black Mist

A more subtle version of Mist, the Black Mist filter creates atmosphere by reducing contrast, but with minimal glow around highlights.

Warm Black Mist

Same as Black Mist but combined with a warming filter.



Softens and minimizes facial imperfections while retaining image clarity. Great for portraits and people photography.

Warm Net

Combines all of the benefits of Net with a warming filter.



Silk softens wrinkles, blemishes and fine detail to produce smooth skin textures while retaining detail in coarse features such as the eyes, nose and mouth.

Warm Silk

Warm Silk offers all the benefits of the Silk filter while adding a diffuse warm tint to the shadows.

Film Lab

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Bleach Bypass

Bleach Bypass is a film laboratory technique where, by skipping the bleach stage in the color processing sequence, silver is retained in the image along with the color dyes. The result is effectively a black and white image superimposed on a color image. Bleach Bypass images have increased contrast, reduced saturation, often giving a pastel effect.

Cross Processing

Cross-processing is a photographic technique where print film (C41) is processed in the set of chemicals usually used to process slide film (E6) or vice versa. The final result yields images with oddly skewed colors and increased contrast and saturation.

Film Stocks

Film Stocks is a unique filter that simulates 329 different color and black and white still photographic film stocks, motion picture films stocks and historical photographic processes.


Flashing allows you to use photographic filters to lower the contrast of your shadows or highlights.


Grain simulates film grain with control of size, intensity and softness.


Adds film dirt, hair, scratches, stains, splotches, gate weave, flicker, vignetting and grain--all to make your pristine image look like damaged film.


Overexpose simulates the overexposure that occurs when a film camera is stopped.

Three Strip

Known and celebrated for it ultra-realistic, saturated levels of color, the Technicolor® Three Strip process was commonly used for musicals, costume pictures and animated films. It was created by photographing three black and white strips of film each passing through red, green and blue filters on the camera lens and then recombining them in the printing process.

Two Strip

The Technicolor® Two Strip process was the first stab at producing color motion pictures and consisted of simultaneously photographing two black and white images using red and green filters. This look creates an odd but pleasing hand-painted look where faces appear normal and green takes on a blue-green quality, while the sky and all things blue appear cyan.


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Color Gradient

Color Gradient colors and or darkens only a portion of the image giving you the ability to simulate any Color Gradient filter. It is especially useful for changing and enhancing the color of the sky.

Color Spot

Tints the image using presets for common photographic filters except for a center spot which retains normal color. The center spot can be moved, sized and the amount of blur can be controlled.

Colorize Gradient

Using multiple colors, Colorize Gradient colorizes the image according to the image’s brightness values.

Dual Gradient

Dual Gradient applies two photographic filters to the image which are blended together with a gradient.


Photographers, cinematographers and lighting designers use colored filters or gels in front of lights. Whatever mood you wish to create, we have the colors needed to achieve the effect.

ND Gradient

ND (Neutral Density) Gradient darkens only a portion of the image using a graduated transition between the darkened portion and the original image. It selectively adjusts brightness without affecting color balance.


The most complete line of Kodak® filters for photographic uses is available in the form of gelatin films and are known as Wratten® Gelatin Filters. Our Photographic filter is a digital equivalent of the Wratten set and were created using the spectral transmission curves for each optical filter.

Radial Tint

Tints the image using multi-color, radially graduated filters.


Creates a warm brown tone for that nostalgic feeling.

Skin Tone

A set of colorization filters to enhance skin tones.

Split Tone

Shadows, midtones and highlights can be individually tinted with the Split tone filter.


Sunset applies three photographic filters to the image which are blended together with a gradient.


Tints the entire image with a selected color using a variety of colorization modes.


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DeBand removes banding artifacts from an image by smoothing pixels in banded areas while retaining detail.


Blocking artifacts created as a result of high compression factors can be removed with the DeBlock filter.


Using advanced deweathering algorithms, Defog restores clear day contrasts and colors of a scene taken in bad weather such as fog and mist.


Removes film grain and noise.


Detail presents a new technique for performing selective sharpening, detail enhancement and edge aware smoothing. Our approach decomposes the image into three detail layers: Coarse, medium and fine. Each of the detail layers can be manipulated separately in various ways, for instance, sharpening or smoothing.


Paints your image using Black/White, Blur, Clone, Color, Eraser, Mosaic, RedEye, Repair and Scatter brushes.


Enhances the sharpness or focus by selectively increasing the contrast between adjacent pixels along edges in an image.


Transform an image using Position, Scale, Rotation, Corner-Pin, Shear and Crop controls.


Color Suppress

Removes either blue or green from an image. This is usually used to remove the blue or green light that commonly spills onto objects filmed in front of blue or green screens.

Matte Repair

Matte Repair grows, shrinks or blurs a matte. It also is handy for cleaning up impurities in the black or white areas.

Screen Smoother

Smooths out unevenly lit blue and green screens. By default, darker screen areas are brightened. When working with poorly lit blue and green screens, it is useful to apply the Screen Smoother prior to using zMatte. This will result in a better key.


Using proprietary matte extraction techniques, zMatte quickly and simply creates mattes with minimal parameters even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. It is easy to use, yet provides the needed tools when faced with good, bad, or ugly shots--tools such as multiple matte creation, automatic spill suppression, sophisticated matte and edge manipulation, and color correction.


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Blurs the image with individual horizontal and vertical controls. It’s fast, high quality and blurs outside the frame which removes the dark inward bleeding edges of most blurs.

Camera Shake

Simulates camera shake using random changes in amplitude, speed, scale, rotation, and motion blur.

Chromatic Aberration

Chromatic aberration is caused by a lens having a different refractive index for different wavelengths of light and is seen as fringes of color around the edges of the image. This fringing is removed by un-distorting the individual color channels.


Purple or blue fringing around overexposed areas is a result of sensor overloading in video as well as digital still cameras. DeFringe isolates and removes the various types of color fringing.

Depth of Field

Depth of Field can be added to a scene by isolating and blurring only a portion of the image. The amount of blurring is directly proportionate to the luminance of the matte settings, a gradient or an input image.

Lens Distortion

Lens Distortion corrects for pin-cushioning and barrel distortion of camera lenses. It is also useful for creating the look of a wide angle lens.

Rack Focus

Rack Focus replicates a true camera defocus by introducing lens Bokeh effects.

Radial Exposure

Lightens and/or darkens the center or edges of an image to correct lens vignetting.

Split Field

Split Field splits the image with a line that can be positioned, rotated and blurred. On one side of the line, the image is blurred and on the other, it is in focus.


A vignette, or soft fade, is a popular photographic effect where the photo gradually fades into the background, usually in a circular or rectangular shape. The vignette can be any color as well as thrown out of focus.

Wide Angle Lens

Simulates the effect of a wide angle lens.


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Ambient Light

Ambient creates light without a defined source and contributes to the overall brightness of a scene without casting shadows.

Chroma Bands

Creates rainbow diffraction patterns.

Eye Light

Creates a targeted light to be placed around a person's eyes.

Fan Rays

Generates asymmetric fanned rays.

Flag / Dot

Flags and Dots are rectangular and circular lighting control devices used to create shadow areas on a motion picture or photographic set. This concept has been extended to digital so that areas of the image can be selectively darkened.


The Glow filter creates glows around selected areas of the image.

Glow Darks

Glows and grows the darks areas of the image.

Glow Edges

Glow Edges isolates lines and edges in an image and then adds glow only to these areas resulting in a stylized look.

Hot Spot

Utilized in most lens flares, glow ball simulates the circular glow created when a light source interacts with a lens.

Ice Halos

Ice halos are created when small ice crystals in the atmosphere generate halos by reflecting and refracting light. Most notably, circles form around the sun or moon as well as rare occurrences when the entire sky is painted with a web of arcing halos.

Key Light

Using Key Light, an image can be relit by with either a directional or point light. The result looks natural even though the relighting is done without computing any scene geometry.

Lens Flare

Lens flares are produced by the scattering or flaring of light within a lens when pointed into a bright light. Although an image aberration, lens flares can be added for dramatic effect and are created by combing the following elements: Caustic, Chroma Bands, Chroma Ring, Circle, Circles, Disc, Edge Streak, Ellipse, Fan Rays, Hot Spot, Polygon, Polygons, Radial Streaks, Random Spikes, Ring, Spikes, Spiral Rays, Star, Star Caustic, and Stripe.


Light can be added to a scene where none existed before just as if you were adding light at the time of shooting. Realistic lighting and shadow is introduced using digital versions of lighting gobos.


User definable multi-point star patterns are generated on highlights in the image.

Radial Streaks

Short radial streaks emanating from the center point.


Recreates arced rainbows of spectral colors, usually identified as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, that appear in the sky as a result of the refractive dispersion of sunlight in drops of rain or mist.

Random Spikes

Generates asymmetric radial rays.


Creates stunning and realistic light ray effects quickly and easily. Known as volumetric lighting in computer graphics or crepuscular rays in atmospheric optics, this dramatic effect adds polish and style.


One of the oldest and still most popular means of lighting an exterior set is by taking a reflective surface and redirecting sunlight or artificial light exactly where it is needed. Our silver and gold reflectors allow you to add white or gold light into shadow areas without the squinting.


Light can be added to a scene where none existed before. A complete set of light source controls allow you to adjust the light just as you would at the time of shooting.

Soft Light

Provides soft, digitally diffused and virtually shadowless light.


Long radial rays emanating from the center point.

Spiral Rays

Creates spiral rays.


A star pattern similar to those created by lens flares.


The Streaks filter creates horizontal or vertical streaks around highlights in the image.

Water Droplets

Simulates the circular, rainbow colored optical effects produced by tiny water droplets in clouds, mist and fog.

Special Effects

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Select from a variety of different pre-made borders or create your own.


Converts the image into a cartoon.

Color Infrared

Color Infrared simulates infrared filters used in conjunction with infrared sensitive film or sensors to produce very interesting false-color images with a dreamlike or sometimes lurid appearance.

Color Shadow

Creates a high contrast image overlayed with a gradient.

Day for Night

Day for Night simulates a technique used for shooting exteriors in daylight made to look like they were photographed at night.

Harris Shutter

The Harris Shutter filter uses separate images for the red, green and blue channels or offsets the individual channels of a sequence in time.


Infrared simulates infrared filters used in conjunction with infrared sensitive film or sensors to produce very interesting black and white images with glow in highlight areas.


Looks is a unique filter meant to simulate a variety of color and black and white photographic/film looks, diffusion and color grad camera filters, lighting gels, film stocks and optical lab processes.

Night Vision

The Night Vision filter creates the effect of a Night Vision lens--that green, glowy, grainy look.


Converts the image into pastel artwork.


Pencil converts your image to a pencil sketch.


Applies textures to an image for a stylized look.

Time Blur

Time Blur mixes frames together to create interesting motion effects. This filter is also useful for smoothing out film grain and video noise which can cause problems when pulling a key or generating a matte.


Simulates the look of X-Ray images.


What's new in version 1.1?

  • 32 Bit Photoshop Support - DFT can now be applied to 32 bit images in Photoshop.
  • Frost Filter - A Frost diffusion filter has been added. Frost glows highlights and reduces contrast while softening facial blemishes and wrinkles. It is a combination of the Silk and Mist filters.                   
  • OpenCL GPU Support in Resolve - OpenCL GPU support in Blackmagic Design Resolve was enhanced resulting in significant speed increases. Note: Setting Resolve’s Hardware Configuration > GPU Processing Mode preference from Auto to OpenCL may be necessary on Windows systems to realize the speed increase.
  • Color Management - The Video/Film version of DFT now uses the OpenColorIO standard originally developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks for its color management. OCIO is compatible with the Academy Color Encoding Specification (ACES) and is LUT-format agnostic, supporting many popular formats. In DFT, you can load custom color configuration files, apply color space conversions, as well as use other controls for fine tuning. The Color Management window is opened by selecting View > Window > Color Management.
  • Frame Selection in Video Browser - A Time Bar was added to the DFT user interface in Video/Film hosts. Moving the slider loads a new frame into the Viewer. Note: The Time Bar is only available in host applications that support this feature.

Bug Fixes

  • Lens Flare > Flare Editor - The Lens Flare > Flare Editor button was restored in Windows versions. A recent update mistakenly removed it.


The Standalone works with Cineon, DPX, Jpeg, Tiff and camera RAW files.


  • Dual Core Intel or AMD processor
  • Windows 7 64 bit and up
  • 8GB of RAM (16GB or more recommended)
  • 1GB of available disk space for caching and temporary files
  • Three-button mouse or Wacom tablet


  • 64 bit Intel processors
  • Mac OSX 10.9 and up
  • 8GB of RAM (16GB or more recommended)
  • 1GB of available disk space for caching and temporary files
  • Three-button mouse or Wacom tablet

Recommended Graphics Cards

  • NVIDIA GTX 460 or better
  • AMD Radeon 57xx series or better
  • OpenCL 1.0 capable graphic card
  • 1GB of graphics memory
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