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: 0.6.3. Expires July 10.

Changes in build 0.6.2 / 0.6.3 (full release history)

  • Improves performance and speed
  • Fixes issue where raw images were being loaded and saved at 1/2 size
  • Fixes bug where raw files from some Nikon cameras weren’t loading properly

Current known issues and bugs

  • Edit metadata isn’t currently saved, so you have to redo manual adjustments every time you open an image
  • Paper simulations other than the defaults are currently disabled
  • 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.