Q&A: Making digital images look like film

Q Although most of my photos are taken using ‘prosumer’ digital cameras, I am disappointed that they look sterile and digital. How can I give them a ‘film’ look?

A Several photo processing applications have various special effects to mimic the colour balance that we grew to love in classic films, such as the richness and warmth of Kodachrome 64, or the high saturation of Fujifilm Velvia 50.


If you shoot in RAW format, take a look at the donationware Raw Photo Processor, which can apply these before converting to TIFF or JPEG files. It can also provide subtle grain effects, and has excellent controls to restore purples after applying its Kodachrome effect, for example.

Updated from the original, which was first published in MacUser volume 28 issue 02, 2012.