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There’s a New Free Browser-Based Film Emulator

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Back in 2013, photographer Pat David released a large set of film emulations as open source color lookup tables. Software developer Jonas Wagner just took that data and turned it into a free online analog film emulator. It’s a simple web app that lets you give any photo the look of a particular film stock.

The website is powered with Javascript and can apply the emulations to photos you select. Everything is done within your browser, so you’re not actually uploading your photo to Wagner’s server.

In addition to a very long dropdown menu of different film stocks you can select, there are also sliders for adjusting brightness, contrast, vibrance, grain, and vignetting. A button at the top lets you toggle between the before and after views for your shot.

dropdownandmenu

Here are a few test emulations we did to test the website:

Lomo with no extra options
Lomo with no extra options
Vista 200 with grain and vignetting
Vista 200 with grain and vignetting
Neo 1600 with grain
Neo 1600 with grain

If you like the result, clicking the “Download” option at the top of the screen saves a copy of the edited photo back to your computer.

Interested in the details behind the app? Wagner has written up some technical details on his blog, and the source code for the website is available for your perusal over on GitHub.

Free Online Analog Film Emulator [29a.ch]

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