FilmLab preview for Mac and Windows

FilmLab is software for digitally converting film negatives to positives. It uses a brand-new image processing engine designed to give photographers the same kind of creative control and analog look they’d get in the darkroom.

This desktop version of FilmLab isn’t finished yet, but we’re releasing early preview builds for people to try it out. Please take it for a spin and let us know what you think!

Current release: 0.8.1.

Changes in build 0.8 (full release history)

  • New: output as TIFF (8-bit or 16-bit)
  • New: choose output directory
  • New: light mode, with support for automatic switching between light and dark mode on MacOS and Windows
  • UI refresh, including updated icons
  • Improved brightness algorithm with less clipping of bright regions

Current known issues and bugs

  • Edit metadata isn’t currently saved, so you have to redo manual adjustments every time you open an image
  • Some functions still don’t have keyboard shortcuts

How to use FilmLab

  1. Scan some film. FilmLab is designed to work with scene-referred raw images, which haven’t had their contrast or saturation adjusted to look good on screen. If you don’t have any of your own files but still want to take FilmLab for a spin, you can download some samples here.
  2. Drag a folder full of images, or single file, into FilmLab (or use File > Open…)
  3. Edit your image until you’re happy with the result (or if you’re not happy with the result, send us an email at and tell us why!)
  4. Hit the JPG button to save an output file.
  5. Use the arrow buttons (< and > ) to move to the previous/next image in the current folder, or use the >> button to watch the current folder and load on the most recent image. This is useful when using a tethered camera.