What is it?

Silicosaur PhotoFX is a collection of script-fu macros for GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) to easily simulate development methods and film types used by photographers of pre-digital age.

You can transform your digital image into an old fashioned film positive with a single click. And - of course - all the scripts are licenced under GPL, which means, they are free.

Any comment about possible improvements will be appreciated.

PortraFX simulates Portra color film of Kodak used to make portraits by professional film photographers.

DOWNLOAD for GIMP 2.2

DOWNLOAD for GIMP 2.4

ProviaFX simulates Provia daylight balanced reversal film by FujiFilm for landscape photographers.

DOWNLOAD for GIMP 2.2

DOWNLOAD for GIMP 2.4

VelviaFX simulates Velvia which is a higher-saturation reversal film for landscapes also by Fujifilm.

DOWNLOAD for GIMP 2.2

DOWNLOAD for GIMP 2.4

CrossProcessingFX simulates Cross Processing (sometimes called x-pro) which is a development method processing photographic film in a chemical solution intended for a different type of film. If you want to know more about it, visit the wikipedia page of cross processing.

DOWNLOAD for GIMP 2.2

DOWNLOAD for GIMP 2.4

Install

how to use silicosaur photofx
  • Download the script to file you want to use.
  • Unzip it
  • Copy the file into the scripts folder of the GIMP:
    • on Windows this folder usually: C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\scripts,
    • on Linux you can copy this file into ./gimp-2.2/scripts in your user folder,
    • If you use Mac OS X and GIMP.app hold down the Ctrl key click on Gimp.app icon in the Application folder then select Show Package Contents menu item. Go to Resources :: share :: gimp :: 2.0 :: scripts folder, and copy files here.
  • Restart your GIMP or click Xtns > Script-fu > Refresh Scripts

To use Silicosaur PhotoFX click Script-fu > Silicosaur PhotoFX > _the script you want to use_

Acknowledgement

I'd like to thank for the film simulating curves to Petteri Sulonen who created some photoshop curves which were the basis of my work. You can read an interesting article about this topic on his website.

I would also like to thank for inspiration to Serge Mankovski who wrote an amazing black and white film simulation script-fu for GIMP.

I have to mention saulgoode who sent me the misterious three lines of code that made the scripts work with GIMP 2.4.