Cinematic FX for Photoshop


Simulate the look of cinematic effects used in movies and TV series. This set of 25 Photoshop action contains 19 cinematic looks and 6 tonal adjustments. Many of these effects were created by sampling and comparing before/after photos of movies such as “300”, “Skyfall”, “Life of Pi”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Matrix”, and more!

✔ Snapshot Prerendering: 
Play one action and all the effects will be generated for you! Using Photoshop’s snapshots feature, you can switch between the effects instantly without running another action.

✔ Lightning Fast:
By minimizing the layers and sticking to nondestructive layers, these actions run FAST. There’s no layer merging, raster adjustments, filters, etc.

✔ Professional Results:
Because these actions use RGB curves to change the color and contrast, they give you the maximum image quality, dynamic range, and consistent results with any photo. All the effects are created using nondestructive layers – no raster layers!

✔ Works with Video
Photoshop CS6 has some amazing video editing capabilities and you can use these effects in your video. Simply open your video file and run the actions. Using the Snapshot Prerendering feature, you can preview the effect as the video is being played (See video for demo)!

• 2 Filters: Warm & Cool
The standard color filters used frequently in movies and TV series such as “Skyfall” (2012 film) and “Game of Thrones” (2011 TV series). Our color effect is based on the movie “Skyfall”.

• 6 Common Film FX: Action, Horror, Desert, Surreal, Spartan, & Atlantic Storm
These are traditional effect used in movies. Some of the effects such as “Spartan”, “Surreal”, and “Atlantic Storm” were sampled from movies such as “300” (2006 film), “Alice in Wonderland” (2010 film), and “Life of Pi” (2011 film).

• 4 Two-Strip Effects: Two-Strip, Process 2, Vintage Romance, & Hacker
This old film process by Technicolor exposes two frames of a B+W film behind a green and red filter. The “Two-Strip” look was used in the movie “The Aviator” (2004 film) in some of their scenes to give it a vintage look. “Process 2″ has a warm tint to resemble the look of old films such as “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925 film). “Vintage Romance” is based on the 2001 French film, “Amélie” and “Hacker” is the same color effect used in the 1991 movie “Matrix”.

• 6 Film Effects: Polaroid, Lomo, Subtle Film, Old Film, Old Film 2, & Warm Film
The “Old Film” effect is based on the 1965 movie, “The Sound of Music” and the “Warm Film” effect is based on the 1951 film, “Alice in Wonderland”.

• 6 Tonal Adjustments: Flat, Low Contrast, High Contrast, Midtone Contrast, DRI, Auto DRI
These actions make it easy for you to adjust the contrast and dynamic range of your photos/videos. The contrast effects differ from the ones built in Photoshop. For example, the “High Contrast” action increases contrast while preventing clipped highlights/shadows. The “Midtone Contrast” action targets the contrast in the midtones. “DRI” increases the details in your photo similar to the shadow/highlights adjustment but on a separate layer and without any halo effects. The Auto DRI automatically increases the dynamic range of your photo without clipping. Note: The Auto DRI action does not work for video.

See it in action: