Processing Images with FilmLab

Loading images into FilmLab

Desktop:

  • Select File in the top left menu and then Open. Then select which folder or image you would like to open.
  • Drag and drop a folder or image into the large black area of the FilmLab app.

Mobile:

  • You will need to capture an image with the camera while using the FilmLab app.

Converting Color Negatives

After loading an image into FilmLab, under PROCESS (the Film Roll icon for mobile) Color Negative is selected by default.

  • All image edit settings (for mobile select the middle button that looks like sliders) are default to Auto. This means that as you slide one slider, the other sliders will move also to compensate for your adjustments. You can deselect Auto, or as you move each slider it will turn Auto off for that setting.
  • Exposure is the amount of light which reaches your film. It is a crucial part of how bright or dark your pictures appear. Try using the Exposure setting first to get your desired brightness level. If you can not achieve the desired result, the Brightness slider (Brightness is not yet a feature for mobile) may be useful.
  • Color Balance can help you amplify the difference between each element. As an example; red and green are contrasting colors. So reducing one of the colors on the red and green color slider will amplify the opposing color. The same with the blue and yellow slider.
  • Contrast is the variation in shades of gray that actually forms the image. Using this will define the different elements contained in your image. A higher contrast will make each element in your image stand out more from surrounding elements. A lower contrast will tend to blend them together more.
  • Brightness will altering the perceived lightness of an image (Brightness is not yet a feature for mobile). Care should be taken with this setting so as not to over brighten an image, which would result in poor data quality.

Converting Black and White Negatives

After loading an image into FilmLab, under PROCESS (the Film Roll icon for mobile) select Black and White Negative.

  • All image edit settings (for mobile select the middle button that looks like sliders) are default to Auto. This means that as you slide one slider, the other sliders will move also to compensate for your adjustments. You can deselect Auto, or as you move each slider it will turn Auto off for that setting.
  • Exposure is the amount of light which reaches your film. It is a crucial part of how bright or dark your pictures appear. Try using the Exposure Time setting first to get your desired brightness level. If you can not achieve the desired result, the Brightness slider (Brightness is not yet a feature for mobile) may be useful.
  • Color Balance by default is turned off for Black and White Negatives.
  • Contrast is the variation in shades of gray that actually forms the image. Using this will define the different elements contained in your image. A higher contrast will make each element in your image stand out more from surrounding elements. A lower contrast will tend to blend them together more.
  • Brightness will altering the perceived lightness of an image (Brightness is not yet a feature for mobile). Care should be taken with this setting so as not to over brighten an image, which would result in poor data quality.

Editing Color Positives

After loading an image into FilmLab, under PROCESS (the Film Roll icon for mobile) select Color Positive.

  • All image edit settings (for mobile select the middle button that looks like sliders) are default to Auto. This means that as you slide one slider, the other sliders will move also to compensate for your adjustments. You can deselect Auto, or as you move each slider it will turn Auto off for that setting.
  • Exposure is the amount of light which reaches your film. It is a crucial part of how bright or dark your pictures appear. Try using the Exposure setting first to get your desired brightness level. If you can not achieve the desired result, the Brightness slider (Brightness is not yet a feature for mobile) may be useful.
  • Color Balance can help you amplify the difference between each element. As an example; red and green are contrasting colors. So reducing one of the colors on the red and green color slider will amplify the opposing color. The same with the blue and yellow slider.
  • Contrast is the variation in shades of gray that actually forms the image. Using this will define the different elements contained in your image. A higher contrast will make each element in your image stand out more from surrounding elements. A lower contrast will tend to blend them together more.
  • Brightness will altering the perceived lightness of an image (Brightness is not yet a feature for mobile). Care should be taken with this setting so as not to over brighten an image, which would result in poor data quality.

Saving Output Images

Once you have achieved your desired effect, select which output format you would like and then select which Output File, (Same As Input File is default) you would like to send your image to. For mobile select the SD Card icon (Apple), or the less than symbol (<) (Android) which will pull up the native menu where you can select save to Photos (Apple) or Gallery (Android).

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