Learn how to create negative photo effects with free online photo editing tools and professional negative filter software.
Negative, in photography, is an image usually on a strip or sheet of transparent plastic film that reproduces the bright portions of the photographed subject as dark and the dark parts as light areas. The reversed order occurs as the extremely light-sensitive chemicals a camera film must use to capture an image quickly enough for ordinary picture-taking are darkened, rather than bleached, by exposure to light and subsequent photographic processing. Exposure of sensitized paper through the negative, done either by placing the negative and paper in close contact or by projecting the negative image onto the paper, reverses these tones and produces a positive photographic print.
Here are two kinds of negatives:
Black-and-white negatives: consist of grains of metallic silver chemically reduced during the development process from silver salts struck by light during exposure;
Color negatives: consist of three tonally reversed dye images that are formed along with a silver image during development.
After getting the general idea of what is negative image, let’s start to learn how to make photo negative effects in easy ways.
Method 1: Make negative photo online
There are lots of online positive and negative photo editor on the internet, you can choose one of them to make your photo into negative effect. Let’s take Lunapic.com for example to make negative photo editing online.
1. Enter the lunapic.com on the browser and find its Negative under Filters.
2. Click “Choose File” button to choose the photo from your computer or directly enter the your online photo URL on the “open URL” form to apply the Negative effect.
3. After applying, you can click “Save” to directly download the negative photo or share it on FaceBook, Pinterest, etc. to your family and friends.
You can also use other online video editor like IMGonline.com.ua which can help you to easily make a photo negative effect (or positive from negative). Just select a picture on your computer or mobile phone, click OK button at the button of the page, then wait few seconds and you can download the negative photo directly.
Method 2: Create negative photo with Expression Studio on Windows 10/8/7
If you are using Windows computer, you can use Invert Photo Negative filter on Expression Studio to invert the colors of an image. This filter is useful to turn a positive image into a negative or to make a positive from a scanned negative.
1. Open Expression Studio on your Windows and select an image file.
2. Click “Image Editor” on the menu and then click “Invert Photo Negative” filter.
4. Then click “OK” to invert the image in the “Invert Photo Negative” window and the negative image has been successfully saved.
Method 3: Create negative photo with WidsMob Retoucher on Mac (macOS High Sierra included)
WidsMob Retoucher is an professional positive and negative photo effects editing app which is available on Mac OS X now. With it, you can add negative effects to your photos easily.
Step 1: Add photo to WidsMob Retoucher for negative effect
Download and install WidsMob Retoucher on your Mac and then open this negative effect editing program. Click “Open” to add your photo into the program or directly drag and drop your photo into the interface.
Step 2: Apply negative effect to your photo
Click to the “FILM PACK” button on the right top sidebar. Choose Color Negative Film from “Color Rendition Profile” dropdown list. As you can see the negative effect to your photo at the same time for your operation, you can also choose the different camera film effect to change the negative color. You can also change color modes by adjusting contrast, saturation and special tone and adjust the film grain and intensity.
Step 3: Save your negative effect photo
After editing, click the “Save” button on the top of the main interface to directly save your photo on your Mac. You can change the name and add tags to your photo. You can also choose the save destination, format (JPEG or TIFF) and photo quality before saving.