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FilmTouch (Adobe Premiere version): Tutorials & Tips

How to Apply FilmTouch                          FilmTouch's main help page

In Premiere Pro (CC 2017 or later)
1. From the Effects panel (Video Effects > Pixelan folder) of Premiere Pro, drag FilmTouch (or FilmTouch Pro if you have that) on a clip. It will then appear in the Effect Controls panel of Premiere Pro.
2. In the Effect Controls panel, adjust controls to create an effect, or untwirl the Presets section and click the Click here to load a preset... button at the top to open our large Effects Browser window to visually choose/compare effect presets. See below for the basic steps to using this plugin.


FilmTouch's Easy Steps In Premiere

FilmTouch tutorial for Adobe Premiere(1) Click Click here to load a preset... to visually choose from hundreds of pre-made effects (plus saved favorites) in an animated Effects Browser window. Click Recent to quickly load a recently used preset. Click Menu to quickly load an effect via a pop-up menu. Or Open for standard Open dialog box.
To create a new effect or modify a preset, do the steps below...
(2) To make initial changes towards a desired look, use the Basics section to adjust contrast, gamma, and saturation -- as three overall adjustments. To try several pre-made settings, click its Section Presets menu. Use the Split Preview menu to compare adjustments side-by-side to your source footage.
(3) Is there a color or luminance (such as a face, blue sky, car or, etc.) in your source footage that you want to leave unchanged in your new film look? If yes, use Preserve in Source controls -- a Pixelan exclusive feature found in no other film look plugin. Detailed help per control is shown below on this web page.
(4) If needed, untwirl other sections of FilmTouch Pro to fine-tune the look further. A Section Presets button is conveniently at the top of each expanded section to quickly explore and combine handy pre-made settings -- another Pixelan exdusive feature over all other film look plugins. For detailed help per control, see below on this web page.
(5) To save your new/modified look in our large visual Effects Browser for easy future re-use, click the Save button. Done!
You’re done! To save the custom FilmTouch transition you've created for future use in Effects Browser, click the Save button. A standard Save dialog will appear. We recommend saving in the "My Favorites" subfolder provided. NOTE: Save the presets with a keyframed parameters within Premiere, by selecting FilmTouch, then choosing Save Preset from the Effect Controls panel menu. The saved presets will apear in Premiere's Effects panel, Presets section.

FilmTouch Presets

In FilmTouch for After Effects there are THREE ways to access presets -- Effects Browser presets, Section presets, and Premiere Effect Presets.


Effects Browser presets

This is the most powerful and visual way to access presets and is where hundreds of transition presets are located. Click the Click here to load a preset... button at the top of FilmTouch to open a large Effects Browser window to visually choose/compare pre-made effects. The Effects Browser is shown below. To explore presets, click a folder in the left pane, then click a thumbnail image to see animated preview. Double-click to apply. To save your own custom presets in the Effects Browser, use FilmTouch controls to set up the desired look, then click the Save button. NOTE: Save the presets with a keyframed parameters as Premiere Effect Presets.

Time-saving tips to load presets faster:
The Effects Browser is fast, but sometimes you may already know which preset you want to use, such as when you are applying the same preset repeatedly in a project. In that situation, selecting a preset by one of the following methods can be faster... To see recently chosen Effects Browser presets, click the Recent button. For a drop-down menu of Effects Browser presets, click the Menu button. To use a standard Open file dialog box, click the Open button.


Handy tips while working within the Effects Browser:
• To scroll through presets in a folder while keeping your eye on the top preview image for comparison, click a thumbnail in the right pane then use arrow keys.
• To increase/decrease the thumbnail image size, use the Size button at the bottom of the Effects Browser.
• To copy a favorite preset into the My Favorites folder located atop the left column of preset folders, Control-click any preset image and choose Copy to My Favorites. To copy the preset into a subfolder within that folder (such as if you want to organize presets per project or per client), Control-click the preset and choose Copy to My Favorites >> [new subfolder]. You can then name the subfolder as desired. After the subfolder is created, it will also appear in the Control-click menu.
• To rename a preset that is in the My Favorites folder, Control-click the preset there and choose Rename this preset. To remove a My Favorites preset, Control-click and choose Delete this preset.
• To hide any preset, Control-click the preset and choose Hide this preset. To show all hidden presets in a folder, Control-click any preset in that folder and choose Restore all hidden presets from this folder. To temporarily view the folder's hidden presets, which can be handy if you just want to momentarily browse them, choose Temporarily show hidden presets.

FilmTouch Effects Browser

Section presets

Unlike the Effect Browser presets, these change ONLY the controls in ONE section of FilmTouch controls. Within any section (aka "twirly") of controls, choose from the Preset menu. Mixing presets from several sections is a quick and easy way to try hundreds of fresh effect variations.

Premiere Effect Presets

If you prefer, you can save FilmTouch presets as effect presets in the usual place within Premiere, by selecting FilmTouch, then choosing Save Preset from the Effect Controls panel menu. The saved presets will apear in Premiere's Effects panel, Presets section.

Detailed Help on Each FilmTouch 2.0 Control


Note: FilmTouch 'regular' version has Mid Contrast, Gamma, and Mix with Original controls only -- the three most useful ways to tweak existing film look presets.

As noted in the above section, to quickly try common settings in any section of FilmTouch Pro, use the Section Presets menu at any section's top. To vary a control over time, in the Premiere Pro interface use Premiere's standard keyframing controls.


Adjust midtone contrast, brightness, or saturation -- the most common overall ways to fine-tune a film look.

Mid Contrast. Positive values increase the contrast in midtone areas. Negative values decrease.
Gamma. Positive values increase the proportion of brighter areas to darker areas. Negative values decrease.
Saturation. Positive values increase the intensity of colors. Negative values decrease.
Apply Saturation... Sets when the above saturation adjustment applies. After... is handy to easily saturate or desaturate the look no matter what other color adjustments occur below.
Split Preview. Easily compare the effect to your source clip’s original look. IMPORTANT: Be sure to turn this off before rendering to not include the split in your video.

Preserve in Source

Optionally leave untouched (from Basics and RGB section adjustments) an already “just right” color or luminance within your scene.

All pixels with... To define the Target area where the source clip's look will be preserved, select from Target’s color, Target’s luminance only, Target’s hue only, or Target’s hue & saturation only.
Target. In the preview, click the eyedropper on the color area to keep it unchanged. Or use the color swatch to choose a color or luminance. For example, to preserve the white in a source clip’s clouds, click the Target eyedropper in the cloud and select Target’s luminance only. To preserve skin tones, click in the skin and choose Target’s color.
Range. Positive values preserve additional hue/luminance areas that are similar to the Target. Negative values reduce the range.
Falloff. Positive values increase the feathering around preserved colors. Negative values decrease.
Invert. Switch preserved and adjustable image areas. Handy when clicking an adjustable color is easier than clicking a color to preserve.
View the Mask. Turn on to clearly see the preserved region’s mask.

RGB Low/Mid/High

Fine-tune a film look by adjusting shadows, midtones, or highlights per color channel. Easily tint only shadows towards a desired color, for example.

Low R/G/B. Fine-tune shadows by brightening or darkening the red/green/blue channel.
Mid R/G/B. Fine-tune midtones by brightening or darkening the red/green/blue channel.
High R/G/B. Fine-tune highlights by brightening or darkening the red/green/blue channel.
Pin Black/White. On protects pure black or white areas from adjustments in this section.


RGB Gain/Offset/Gamma

Fine-tune the film look by adjusting the strength and brightness of a color channel.

Gain R/G/B. Fine-tune highlights by adjusting the red/green/blue channel’s gain.
Offset R/G/B. Fine-tune all image areas by adjusting the red/green/blue channel’s offset.
Gamma R/G/B. Fine-tune midtones by adjusting the red/green/blue channel’s gamma.



Optionally add realistic light diffusion to a film look.

Blur. Sets the blur strength.
Blend Mode. To fine-tune the blur, choose a Photoshop-like blend mode.
Blend Opacity. Set the opacity of the blend mode above. 100% is pure blending, 200% is pure blur. For unusual looks, enter values outside the 0-200% range.
Dark/Light Bias. Increase to shift the diffusion into darker areas.
Range. Increase to spread the diffusion effect. 100% is uniform diffusion over the entire scene.
Glow. Optionally add a glow to enhance the diffusion realism.
Glow Size. Increase to spread the glow further into darker areas.
Glow Color. In the preview, click the eyedropper to choose a glow color from your scene. Or use the color swatch to choose a glow color.



Optionally add a realistic lens vignette to a film look.

Strength. Set how strongly the vignette conforms to the current shape.
Shape. Choose a shape from several options. Inverted choices brighten instead of darken the vignette.
Softness. Set the shape's edge softness.
Size. Set the shape's size.
Center. Position the shape within the image by dragging the center point. If Linear is selected, you can adjust its angle by moving the center point. For more precision, enter numerical values, such as to match the shape in two different dissolves.
Style. Choose the vignette’s style, from standard to unique looks. Standard is a 'real world' lens vignette. Standard 2 is similar but treat colors in the vignette area differently. Color only vignettes only color adjustments (the RGB sections). Diffusion only vignettes only the diffusion section. Color and Diffusion vignettes just the Basics and RGB sections.

Mix with Original. To alter the film look effect’s overall strength, adjust its transparency with the source image. Positive values increase the source’s strength. Negative values can create unusual looks -- experiment! To fade in/out the entire film look effect, use Premiere Pro's standard keyframing for this control.

go to FilmTouch 2.0's main help page