How to add your own textures to DxO (FilmPack) [macOS]

(Joanna Carter) #1

I wanted to emulate wet plate collodion and had got most of it fairly close in terms of luminosity, contrast, vignetting, etc but I wasn’t at all happy with the limited range of textures available; none of them really came close to the imperfections of poured collodion on a plate.

I am still looking for better source images but, here is what you need to do to add your own textures:

  1. Find an image of the texture you want to add
  2. Open it in something like Photoshop
  3. Select the texture with something like the magic wand to give you just the lines/dots/etc
  4. Copy the selected texture
  5. Create a new file 1500px square with a transparent background
  6. Paste the copied texture. Position and crop it to suit your needs
  7. Save as a transparent png file with a short, all lowercase, name

Open the DxO PhotoLab app bundle and navigate to /Applications/DXOPhotoLab2.app/Contents/Resources/FP4/

Copy the texture png file into the Textures subfolder

Then open the Textures.lua file in an editor that plays nicely with XML (you might want to make a backup somewhere else in case it all goes pear-shaped)

Copy one of the items and paste it in an appropriate place - I added mine at the bottom. Make sure you add a comma after the original last item if necessary but not after your added last item.

I called my image “wetplate.png” and added it like this:

Textures ={
  {
    ID = "grain4b",
    Path = "Textures/grain4b.png"
  },
  
  {
    ID = "grain6",
    Path = "Textures/grain6.png"
  },
  
  {
    ID = "plisBW",
    Grayscale = true,
    Path = "Textures/plis.png"
  },

  {
    ID= "rayures",
    Path = "Textures/rayures.png"
  },

  {
    ID= "taches",
    Path = "Textures/taches.png"
  },

  {
    ID= "taches_2",
    Path = "Textures/taches_2.png"
  },

  {
    ID= "tachesBW",
    Grayscale = true,
    Path = "Textures/taches.png"
  },

  {
    ID= "wetplate",
    Grayscale = true,
    Path = "Textures/wetplate.png"
  }

}

I hope this of use to someone :smiley:

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(Jim Scott) #2

Thank You for taking the time to explain this process! :+1: