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

Last Updated on January 5, 2022 by Peter Wood

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 in close contact or 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 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.

How to Make Color Photo to Negative

Best Way to Create Negative Photo with WidsMob Retoucher on Windows and Mac

WidsMob Retoucher is a positive and negative photo effect editing app on Windows and macOS now. With it, you can add negative effects to your photos easily. It can help you remove noise occurred by high ISO, low light, fast shutter speed, etc. by using custom information from each image and applying to your digital images the saturation, the contrast, and the grain of the most legendary grain of analog films to give your photo a unique feel.

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Step 1: Add a photo to WidsMob Retoucher for negative effect

Download and install WidsMob Retoucher on your Mac and open this negative effect editing program. Click Open to add your photo into the program or directly drag and drop your image into the interface.


Step 2: Apply the negative effect to your photo

Click the FILM PACK button on the right-top sidebar. Choose Color Negative Film from the Color Rendition Profile dropdown list.

As seeing the negative effect on your photo for your operation, you can also choose the different camera film effects to change the negative color.

You can also change color modes by adjusting contrast, saturation, and tone and adjusting 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 image.

You can also choose the save destination, format (JPEG or TIFF) and photo quality before saving.


Check the video tutorial for easy operation below:

Way 2: Make Negative Photo Online with LunaPic

There are many online positive and negative photo editors on the internet. You can choose one of them to make your photo into negative effect. Let's take to make negative photo editing online.

Step 1. Enter on the browser and find its Negative under Filters.

Step 2. Click the Choose File button to choose the photo from your computer or directly enter your online photo URL on the open URL form to apply the Negative effect.

Step 3. After applying, you can click Save to directly download the negative photo or share it on Facebook, Pinterest with your family and friends.


You can also use other online video editors like to make a negative effect (or positive from negative).

Just select a picture on your computer or mobile phone, click the OK button at the button of the page, then wait a few seconds. And you can download the negative photo directly.


Way 3: Create Negative Photo with Expression Studio on Windows 11/10/8/7

If you are using a Windows computer, you can use Invert Photo Negative filter on Expression Studio to invert the colors of an image. This filter can turn a positive image to negative or make a positive from a scanned negative.

Step 1. Open Expression Studio on your Windows and select an image file.

Step 2. Click Image Editor on the menu and then click the Invert Photo Negative filter.

Step 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 on the home screen.

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

Step 3. Tap Display Accommodations and slide Invert Colors to the On. It will turn purple. And you will invert the colors on your device.

Invert Colors on iPhone

Now it is your turn. Try to make your negative effect photo whether you use an online tool or computer program. It is easy to create awesome negative images according to the instruction. You can share your artwork with us on the commons or social sites!

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