How to Make Color Photo to Negative on Windows/Mac/iOS/Online for Free

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.

Best Way to Create negative photo with WidsMob Retoucher on Windows and Mac (Including macOS Catalina)

WidsMob Retoucher is an professional positive and negative photo effects editing app which is available on Windows and macOS now. With it, you can add negative effects to your photos easily.

WidsMob Retoucher

WidsMob Photo Retoucher - Help you remove noise occurred by high ISO, low light, fast shutter speed, etc. by using custom information from each image and apply to your digital images the saturation, the contrast, and the grain of the most legendary grain of analog films to give your photo unique feel.

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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.


Check the video tutorial for easy operation below:


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Way 2: Make negative photo online with LunaPic

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 for example to make negative photo editing online.

1. Enter the 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 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.


Way 3: 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.

3. Then click "OK" to invert the image in the "Invert Photo Negative" window and the negative image has been successfully saved.


Way 4: Make a picture negative on iPhone/iPad

Step 1. Open "Settings" on your iPhone or iPad. It's a gray app that contains gears and is located on the home screen.

Step 2. Scroll down and tap "General". Then tap "Accessibility" in the middle of the menu of standalone section.

Step 3. Tap "Display Accommodations" and slide "Invert Colors" to the "On". It will turn purple and the colors on your device will now be inverted.

Invert Colors on iPhone

It's very easy, right? Now it is your turn. Try to make your own negative effect photo no matter you are using online tool or computer program, you will find it is easy to make awesome negative image according to the instruction. You can share your artwork with us on the commons or social sites!

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