Instagram in Irfanview

I have blogged before about a great free program for image processing with the unusual name of Irfanview. This is, in my opinion, the best image manipulation program you can use until you step up to Photoshop (or possibly GIMP). Today’s blog is about using Irfanview to re-create some classic film and dark-room trick photo effects.
These settings can only be used in Irfanview ( but do not require the extra plug-ins package.
Ready to go!?!
With an image loaded into Irfanview, type a capital G (shift + G) or go to Image >> color corrections … in the menu options. This opens up a dialog with a before and after of your current image. On the left side you will find controls for Brightness and Color balance (Red/Green/Blue). The right side has controls for Contrast, Gamma, and Saturation. We will modify six (6) of these controls (I never touch Brightness, Gamma is way much better).
Note that these settings are not absolutes and you can always tweak them depending on the picture they are being applied to. They are a starting point however I recommend you do apply all the settings for the effect before you start tweaking.
The format for the filter instructions is ; Red, Green, Blue, Contrast, Gamma, Saturation.

Original Image

70’s; -5, 5, -50, 10, 1.1, 50

Chrome; -5, -20, 0, 75, 1.1, -25

Polaroid; 25, 30, 5, 0, 1.1, 0

C-41; 15, 30, 80, 0, .8, 25

CrossProcess; 35, 35, -50, 40, .8, -75

RedScale; 65, 30, -50, -10, .8, -50

Lomish; 35, 10, -60, 75, .75, -100

SkipBleach; 70, 60, 115, 10, .45, -125

Brownie; 30, 5, 100, 0, .9, 35

Chrome is meant to emulate KodaChrome color reversal film
C-41 relates to ‘normal’ color film processing (the main Kodak chemical is named C-41)
Cross Process, Red Scale and Skip Bleach are based on deliberate chemical misapplication techniques.
Brownie is based on 126 films.
70’s is based on time eroded prints.
Polaroid is emulating Polaroid’s emulsion.
Lomish incorporates some of the elements found in the output of the cheap Russian Lomo cameras.

Hope you find these useful and that you have a good time playing with them. Let me know if you run into problems or don’t understand something I wrote.


10 Responses to “Instagram in Irfanview”

  1. hey, this is awesome! thanks for sharing 🙂 just what i was looking for.. also think adding a bit of noise on the film emulation effects works well.. say about a 50..

    • Rohan, thank you for your comment. You are right, old photos do tend to have ‘noise’. The amount will vary depending on the colors in the image so you have to experiment with that. Also try giving the image a slight blur.

  2. very nice article btw if you don’t want to add all the numbers manually just copy the below text and add it in the end of i_view32.ini (%appdata%\irfanview) file.


  3. Disguy,
    Thank you very much. This is very helpful advice.
    To those who are not sure what the above comment means: Copy everything from the [ColorCorrection] to end. Then ‘find’ the file i_view32.ini (search or Start >> Run >> %appdata%\irfanview. Right click on i_view32.ini (select edit). Paste what you copied at the end of the file and save it.
    When you next open Irfanview, go to Color Corrections and in the profile drop down section you will now see these as options. Select one and click Load and it will be applied.

  4. Windows 7 users. Click Start and just type in %appdata%\irfanview (i_view32.ini will show in the upper part of the window. Right click and select edit)

  5. Is there a way to apply these instagram-type effects to a group of pics in a batch mode on irfanview?

    • Yes, absolutely. File > Batch Conversion/Rename (or just the letter B).
      Select the radio button for Batch conversion, then click the Advanced button.
      The right hand set of options has check boxes for the adjustments you want to make (as well as many other things to adjust)
      Click OK on that dialog box when done.
      Add the pictures you want to process and specify where the output should go.
      Click Start Batch.
      With luck and a little practice, you will be able to mass output most anything.
      Hope this helps

      • And after selecting where to output the files, and the batch conversion takes place, do the new converted files automatically save in the output location, as jpegs for example?

        I tried something similar with BIMP (in GIMP 2.8), but couldn’t get the converted files to save automatically. I had to manually do it one at a time.

        If I batch process 100 photos, I’m hoping they automatically save after conversion

        Thanks for your time!

  6. Hi Amanda,
    You are going to love this news. Yes they save after conversion. You can save them in any number of formats (including *.jpg), you can change the names, let them number themselves, erase or keep the original files (your choice), plus you can save what options you chose to re-use another time.

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