When I processed film back in circa ’94 printing some those frames was almost like a magical experience. These days now in digital getting the correct film grain has been kind of a hit and miss with certain applications. As usual some work better than others, but in my opinion True Grain is in a class of its own. At the suggestion of one my readers I downloaded “True Grain” from Grubbasoftware and I couldn’t be happier. Keep in mind that True Grain’s “raison d’etre” is as they mention on their own site to:
accurately recapture the aesthetics of particular film stocks—including “lost” films—while retaining an all-digital workflow.
The attention to detail of this application is simply outstanding ― a full review is forthcoming in the next few weeks. Is it better than Silver Efex? I like it better. How does it compare to VSCO Films grain feature? It was nice meeting you VSCO, see you around. I’ve processed about 10 images already and I’m blown away with the results. The application is affordable, allows you to create and save presets, it works with Lightroom’s external editor feature, supports 64 bits( and 32 bits as well, something I highly appreciate it), and as icing on the cake ― it works in both, Windows (I’m thinking of getting a PC) and Mac. True Grain supports the following film types currently:
- Agfa APX 400
- Bergger BRF-200
- Forte Fortepan 200
- Fuji Neopan 400
- Ilford Delta 3200 Professional
- Ilford Delta 400
- Ilford FP4 Plus
- Kodak Panatomic-X
- Kodak Professional T-MAX 400
- Kodak Professional T-MAX P3200
- Kodak Professional TRI-X 400
- Kodak TRI-X Pan 400
- Kodak Verichrome Pan
- Konica Infrared 750nm
- Orwo NP22
With all that said, its definitely a winner in my book for covering all the bases. If you appreciate the film look in your digital files then I highly recommend you give True Grain a spin ― its a great addition to your digital darkroom, I just did myself. Talk about a companion to my Ricoh GR files. Thanks Jurgen!
Wordpess.com Tip Jpeg Compression Tip
When uploading your priced jpegs to the servers of WordPress.com make sure you know your theme’s maximum width for your images. What happens is when you upload an image that is higher than your theme’s max width wp.com compression factor kicks in and will alter (reads ― degrade) your priced upload. So keep that in mind. In my case its 890px wide so I have to export my jpeg from a tiff(True Grain saves a tiff file) file to that exact size in order to have my image be what it is ― my pride and joy, and not be degraded and hence the loss of visible grain on the image. Just something to keep in back burner when you upload. If you’re on wordpress.org you there is a function available, give it a google.
I feel so strongly about this application I added it to the sidebar to share the love of the software I use to create my vision.