“The Virtual Darkroom (VDR) simulates the exposure and print
-
ing processes for different types of film and paper. It will introduce
color shifting, representing the curves in the image in a way that
more closely represents specific film types, going as far as applying
sepia tones when the film stock has been designed to do so.”
If you’re serious (and perhaps slightly obsessive) about beautiful, perfect
lighting, you owe it to yourself to become familiar with this plug-in.
Bloom
Bloom is one of my favorite post filters. It’s a simple process that can be
very subtle and yet really sweeten an image. Bloom is the phenomenon
that occurs when a specular hit or light reflection is too bright for the
film and seems to “bleed” a little bit, adding more exposure to nearby
areas of the image.
Remember our old radiosity room from Chapter 12? Here’s what it looks
like with a little garden-variety bloom applied:
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Figure 16.20: Note radiosity on the ceiling and walls.
Notice the soft glow around the edges where direct light is hitting the
floor and the window ledges. This simulates the overexposure that
causes bloom in real photography.
There’s something about
that softening, bloomy edge that
appeals to me. Naturally, this
effect is not useful for every
-
thing, and if you’re working in a
production pipeline your com
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positors will likely add any cool
effects like this, but if you are
doing your own work or if
you’re in a small company
where you do everything, this
pretty little trick can come in
handy.
Bloom is an image filter
plug-in and is added on the
Effects panel.
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Figure 16.22: The Effects panel.
Figure 16.21: Note radiosity on the ceiling and walls with bloom
added to the bright exposure on the floor.

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