Filmic Skin – Effortless Color for Canon Mirrorless & DSLR Cameras

  • Do you want the best looking skin tones from your Canon camera with the least amount of work?

  • Tired of picture styles that just don’t work well in general, especially for people and skin tones?

  • Filmic Skin solves the problem of getting natural, fully saturated skin tones from your Canon Camera while maximizing dynamic range at the same time for all lighting conditions!

Filmic Skin was created to provide excellent skin tones straight from the camera. We initially started creating log emulations in order to maximize dynamic range, however we found that after converting back to normal gamma and output color, the skin tones didn’t look great. Additionally, we wanted to use these cameras for live streaming, which meant the HDMI output needed to look excellent. Using a Canon 1DX Mark II with a C300 Mark II as a reference (set up for ARRI Alexa LUT-compatible color), and studying both LogC and final ARRI Alexa edits, we created Filmic Skin to produce great skin tones straight from the camera. We then tested Filmic Skin on the 5D Mark III and 80D and it works excellent. Thus Filmic Skin should work well on all Canon DSLRs which support Canon Picture Styles.

Filmic Skin isn’t a single picture style. It’s a system where 3 levels of contrast are loaded into the available custom picture styles.  Filmic Skin’s contrast is much different than Canon’s Contrast slider and preserves skin tones, unlike log emulations. This powerful system allows you to shoot in a variety of lighting conditions with optimized color and contrast.

  • Filmic Skin is an easy to use tool in helping to make your Canon DSLR footage to look similar to ARRI Alexa/Amira/Mini or C300 II footage, especially for skin tones. Straight out of camera: no LUTs required!
  • Filmic Skin is also useful for real-time applications, such as live streaming, where color must look excellent when complex post color work is not possible
  • Includes 7 Canon Picture Styles, from lowest to highest contrast with predictable results for all, a 17 page manual with tips on camera setup, image sharpening, multi-spectral detail enhancement (MSDE), converting 1080p to 4K, setting white balance and white balance offset, lighting for good skin tones, and a bonus DSLR audio section
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Canon cameras which support Picture Styles: 
EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS-1D X, EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS 5D, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 7D, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 30D, EOS 40D, EOS 50D, EOS 60D, EOS 80D, EOS 400D, EOS 450D, EOS 500D, EOS 550D, EOS 600D, EOS 1000D, and the EOS 1100D,  EOS-M10, EOS T3i, T4i, T5i, T6i, T7i, SL2 and more.

Filmic Skin with Canon R5, 28-70 F2L lens at F2, shot through teleprompter glass, two 36″ softboxes with GVM SD200R lights, 4K HQ Video, SOOC:

Works in All Lighting Conditions and Skin Tones: We’ve Got You Covered!

Filmic Skin can also be applied to RAW photos to instantly get excellent looks using Canon’s free DPP software. It’s also a great way to test looks with your existing RAW photos before using them for video. We tested Filmic Skin thoroughly shooting video as well as testing with RAW stills as shown below, in a wide variety of lighting conditions. From direct sunlight to shade, to many kinds of indoor lighting, including mixed lighting. These picture styles also work great with landscape photos! Examples from the 1DX Mark II, 5D Mark III, and 80D:

Simple Grading Tutorial

Filmic Skin is easy to grade: little or no work is needed in post, especially for color. Filmic Skin also works great for live capture and streaming:

Video Examples

Canon 1DX II, Filmic Skin Picture Style:

Compare to C300 II, ARRI Alexa color settings (Canon Log 2, Cinema Gamut, Production Matrix), Premiere Pro CC AlexaV3/Rec709 LUT:

Canon 1DX II, Filmic Skin, challenging magenta-green indoor lighting:

Canon 1DX II, Filmic Skin, direct sunlight at the beach: