Film Simulation Recipe Cards

There are almost 100 different film simulation recipes on Fuji X Weekly! One problem with having so many different recipes to choose from is that your Fujifilm camera can only save seven custom presets at a time. If there’s more than seven recipes that you regularly use, it can be inconvenient to keep track of your favorites, especially if you’re out-and-about photographing. One person’s solution is a recipe journal that’s kept in the camera bag for easy reference. A few people have created PDFs that can be accessed from a phone. But my favorite answer is this: Film Simulation Recipe Cards!

Fuji X Weekly reader Oleksii Prytuhin created credit-card-sized cards with his favorite film simulation recipes printed on them. They can be kept in a wallet for quick and easy reference. I love this! He printed them 86x54mm on thick paper with matte lamination. Really, I wish I had a box of Film Simulation Recipe Cards for every recipe, and I could pass them out to people who ask about my camera settings. Kind of like business cards. It’s such a neat idea!

The film simulation recipes that Oleksii created cards for are: Vintage Kodachrome (listed as Kodachrome 64, which is what the recipe is an early version of), Kodachrome II, Portra 400, Ilford HP5 Plus, Ilford Delta Push Process, Fujicolor Superia 800, Acros, CineStill 800T, Agfa Scala, Agfa Optima, Eterna, and Cine Teal. These are recipes that can be used on X-Trans III & X-Trans IV cameras. If you use any of these, there’s a Film Simulation Recipe Card for you!

Oleksii gave me permission to share the PDF with you. If you’re interested in printing these cards for yourself, click the download button below (which will open up the file and you can download it), and print them! I want to give Oleksii a big “thank you” for creating these and sharing them. I appreciate it! If you download and print the cards, let me know in the comments. Or, if you simply think this is a great idea, leave a little feedback. Thanks!

Oleksii sent me the film simulation recipe cards as JPEGs, to make it easier for those who want to add them to their phone. You can download a Word document that contains the JPEGs below. If you want to print them, the file above is what you want. If you just want to view them without printing, the file below might be better. Thanks, Oleksii!

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  1. Randy Photography · October 25, 2020

    Downloaded and a great idea! Appreciate his time and energy to do this for everyone.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

      Yes, it’s really amazing that he did this!

  2. Khürt Williams · October 25, 2020

    Brilliant! Thank you, Oleksii.

  3. Syd · October 25, 2020

    Are you kidding me? Totally brilliant! Let’s get them printed on solid stock and make a deck. I will fund this on a Kickstarter!

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

      Completely brilliant! I’d certainly buy a “full deck” for sure!

    • Khürt Williams · October 25, 2020


    • PbF · October 26, 2020

      ditto – I’d buy a full, printed, laminated set….

    • TJ · October 27, 2020

      Pls do, will definitely buy as well, best to have more collection and portable on site for ease of use

  4. Nicolas · October 25, 2020

    Amazing work!
    Thank you both so much…
    Now, if only my X-E3 could only save more than one AWB I’d be extremely happy…
    But I’m looking forward to the X-E4 announced in the first quarter of 2021


    • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

      I wish that, too. The X-E4 should be a great camera!

  5. Diana · October 25, 2020

    Great idea! I would buy this as complete set! There are to many fantastic recipes 😊.
    Thank you both!

  6. Douglas · October 25, 2020

    That’s a great idea. Its impossible to remember all the settings when out and about. Thanks for sharing.

  7. everydaycebuanolife · October 25, 2020

    This is really neat! This is gonna help and inspire me to shoot more with film simulations. Thank you so much FUJI X WEEKLY for your recipes and thank you to OLEKSII for making these cards making it easy for us. 👍👍👍

    • Jakob Steffel · October 25, 2020

      Does anyone know if this works on the Fuji X Pro 1? I cant find any information about it. But the Idea, Design and that he shared it is just perfect! Thank you!

      • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

        It’s not. The X-Pro1 is X-Trans I, so these recipes won’t work. I would lave to have a whole set that includes all of the recipes for all of the sensors. Maybe that’s something that can be done someday.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

      You are very welcome!

  8. dennytestnutzer · October 25, 2020

    Wow! Great work Oleskii! Thanky you so much. 😉

    • Rick Cairns · October 25, 2020

      This is a great idea! Thanks so much.

      • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

        It’s a brilliant idea, isn’t it?

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

      It is indeed such great work by Oleskii!

  9. asturhugo · October 25, 2020

    Great!!! Thanks 🙂

  10. projek_hm · October 25, 2020

    Great work! Thank you very much.

  11. Dick · October 25, 2020

    Hi Richy,
    As a follow-up to the Oleskii´s wonderful idea, I was thinking maybe you could save the various setups – recipes via X-Acquire to a camera card and then load it into the camera through the firmware update method ? That way you could take the whole ‘collection’ with you and load it in the ‘field’. I haven’t tried it yet but I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

      I think it’s a wonderful idea! I think Fujifilm should absolutely make this possible. I’m not sure the practicality of doing it myself. Unfortunately, I’m not tech-savvy enough. But maybe someone else is?

      • TJ · October 27, 2020

        on my XT-3 , i did save some custom recipe (from memory up to 7 recipes, on top of the original ones)
        but, i believe you should know this already

    • · November 14, 2020

      Hi Dick,
      That’s a great idea! How wonderful it would be if we could store these recipes on a card and then ‘load’ them as if we were loading 35mm film. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work. I tried using the ‘BACKUP CAMERA SETTINGS’ functionality on X Acquire, which gives you a .dat file. I then uploaded that file on a formatted SD card that I tried to boot on my X-T2 (while holding the ‘DISP BACK’ button) and got an error message saying ‘FIRMWARE NOT FOUND. TURN OFF THE CAMERA’.

      • Ritchie Roesch · November 16, 2020

        I think it’s something Fujifilm themselves have to enable. I hope they do. It would be great if you could do it through an app.

  12. donostro · October 25, 2020

    Wow great work. Downloaded and going to a printing service to make pocket size cards.

  13. eemac73 · October 25, 2020

    Thank you so much!

  14. Georgiy Kuzmin · October 25, 2020

    Great idea! For me and my students it’s an ideal example of how a creative project with a distinct purpose should look like. It’s about vision and design thinking.

  15. RDM · October 25, 2020

    These cards are great. Remind me off pro 3.

    I try to kept things digital so I also downloaded them to one of the Apple notebooks under film simulation. I now need a way to cross index them by qualities, basic B&W, color, DR, color shifting , your explanations have been great.

    I am also keep them on my computer for the Fuji post processing with descriptions.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

      That’s a great idea! It would be awesome if there was an app that could filter the recipes by those things.

      • Yon Pol · October 28, 2020

        I’m on it!! 🙂 🙂

      • Ritchie Roesch · October 28, 2020

        Me, too!

    • woooker · October 26, 2020

      Yeah, I’ve been thinking about digital storage for recipes.
      I’ve created cards to be physical/analog and tactile, because its somehow continues my experience of shooting on Fujifilm camera. But it is true that it would be inconvenient to carry more then 15-20 cards.

      Maybe best thing for big collection of recipes would be an app for the phone with a gallery of film simulation cards with filters and other stuff. I could create UI and prototype it, but I do not have skills to develop it. If anybody with skills to develop such an app is interested please contact me. Maybe we could create something cool together!

  16. Oknem · October 25, 2020

    Great idea Oleksii! Would even be better if you guys could add an empty one too. I personally sometimes like to adjust recipes depending on different (vintage) lenses that I use, so it would be great to be able to fill them in myself. So far I’ve been making screenshots of the recipes I use (but difficult to add the different WB’s)

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

      A blank template idea is great!

    • Gooner21 · August 30

      Yep a blank one would be awesome!

  17. Ben · October 25, 2020

    As a beginner, I love seeing the variety these cameras and settings can offer. but is this only to reproduce the result in the JPEG of the photo? What’s the best way to reproduce this in Lightroom or any other post-processing software

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

      I’m not real sure, as these are intended for SOOC JPEGs. I know Capture One, for example , if you shoot RAW+JPEG, if you compare the SOOC JPEG with their interpretation of it on the RAW image, it’s pretty similar but not exactly the same.

  18. Keith J. · October 25, 2020

    I downloaded the file, saved each card as its own jpeg file, brought it into the Photos app on the iPhone, and created an album so now I can just go to that album and flip through each card.

  19. Torsten · October 25, 2020

    Excellent idea, but it’s easier to use your smartphone. I’m using Google Notes for this. The headline is the name of the recipe; in the text, I’m copying the settings plus a picture.

    My smartphone is always with me, so I don’t have to take other stuff with me.

  20. Charles · October 25, 2020

    This is fantastic, thank you both!

  21. Bill · October 25, 2020

    Great idea! Thank you so much.👍😀

  22. Paul Hand · October 25, 2020

    Great idea … many thanks. Now we need Fuji to give us a way to add them to the back screen… that would be fab.

  23. Miguel Ángel · October 25, 2020

    Que buena idea!!
    Gracias a ambos por compartir

  24. Martin Tolley · October 25, 2020

    Thanks to both of you for creating and sharing. These are just superb. I love the film packaging graphic work which goes with these. They bring back so many memories to someone who used them for real more years ago than I want to talk about.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

      It’s great, isn’t it?! I really appreciate the graphics, too.

  25. Justin · October 26, 2020

    Cool idea! I created a spreadsheet of my favorite recipes and carry a printout in my bag. Not nearly as cool as this method!

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 26, 2020

      It’s great that you found something that works for you!

  26. m_ott · October 26, 2020

    People who like to have such information always with them digitally can also access this constantly updated list of simulations, which contains not only Ritchie’s recipes but also others. In the “Mobile” worksheet, there is also a clearly arranged presentation for when you are on the road.

    Nevertheless I really like the analog version presented here.

  27. m_ott · October 26, 2020

    People who like to have such information always with them digitally can also access this constantly updated list of simulations, which contains not only Ritchie’s recipes but also others. In the “Mobile” worksheet, there is also a clearly arranged presentation for when you are on the road.

    Nevertheless I really like the analog version presented here.

  28. sumengshen · October 26, 2020

    Deck. Cards. If you put these two words together and add a human being, at the end it means only one thing — let the game begin.
    Make a deck, shuffle, pick a random card — that’s your film recipe choice for the day. Sometimes let the fortune make a decision for you. Boost your creativity by using something you stuck with, instead of something you’ve picked.
    Out with a friend or a group of Fuji friends? Shuffle the deck and pick a card for each person. Boom, same location, same conditions, different film. Compete.

    And back to the cards themselves…
    Original idea is fantastic and the execution is flawless. Oleksii is a true master of turning ideas into an item.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 26, 2020

      I love that idea! Brilliant! That sounds like a fun game!

      • Robin · November 2, 2020

        That’s a cool idea. I already stick with a chosen recipe for 36 frames. I could add a little randomness too 👍

      • Ritchie Roesch · November 2, 2020

        I think the idea of picking a recipe at random is interesting and would be fun.

  29. Oleksii Prytuhin · October 26, 2020

    Wow! I’m glad you guys appreciate it!
    Im working on new cards right now and will share them soon

  30. Oleksii · October 27, 2020

    If somebody will print them, I would appreciate a feedback about how they turned out. If there is some problems feel free to contact me.

    • J Griffith · January 17

      Just collaged two cards per print and sent these off to be printed in 4×6. Will see how they turn out!

      • J Griffith · January 17

        By the way, if you had the source file to share so we could start making our own cards with the same awesome format that would be pretty awesome. We would find our own artwork, and then enter the numbers in ourselves to make new custom cards.

      • Oleksii · January 18

        How can I share source file here?
        I can send it you, just give me your email

      • texasflyboy · January 18

        Maybe send it to Ritchie so he can post to this page so everyone can have access? So great to hear from you, these cards are great, thanks for being a big part of the Fuji community!

      • Ritchie Roesch · January 19

        I think if you share your email to Oleskii, he would send it to you.

        Also, there’s the Fuji X Weekly App…. 😀

      • texasflyboy · January 23

        Oleksii! I don’t want to publish my email here but please come find me on Instagram so we can chat about the files: jonathan_e_griffith Thank you!

  31. Junot · October 27, 2020

    Hi, a Fuji X-T3 and (soon to be) X-S10 owner here!

    What a coincidence to see this here! A few weeks ago I made my own set of recipe “cheat” cards 🙂

    I was looking for a solution for this situation: I want to have access to all my favorite recipes on the go, but I did not want to store them on my phone. Holding and browsing my phone is too much hassle, combined with holding my camera. So I came up with the idea to print them on little pieces of paper, laminate them, and attach them to a self retractable ID badge/key chain/belt clip thing. That way I can just pull out the cards, adjust camera settings, and drop the cards:

    Some cards explinations:
    – I made a Word document, 2 page (one for front of cards, and one for the back), printed it double sided and cut the cards.
    – Cards marked with a “★” are simulations for later X-Trans IV sensors.
    – In red are the recipe names.
    – Printed in bold font are the only settings you may have to adjust when the recipe is stored as a custom setting and you want to select that.
    – A sample picture is also on the back (or front?) of the card for quick reference.

    This system works great for me! Very quick access to all my favorite recipes, with samples, most important settings to change, etc.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 28, 2020

      Awesome! That’s super creative and cool!

  32. ozkanselcukblog · October 29, 2020

    thanks but superia 800 card is classic neg and not Pro Neg. Std. 🙂

  33. Jeroen · October 29, 2020

    Many thanks and an awesome idea to do this. Thanks to Richy and Oleskii.

  34. Miroslav P · October 30, 2020

    God bless you, guys, for the great idea!

  35. rellom · November 1, 2020

    In Lightroom, when you add grain, is that only on jpegs?

    • Ritchie Roesch · November 2, 2020

      In camera, Grain is only added to the JPEGs, as far as I’m aware. I don’t believe (but I could be wrong) Lightroom is adding any faux grain.

  36. Robin · November 1, 2020

    This are really handy and they look so cool too!

    Are these all for the x-trans III sensor? The Kodachrome 64 recipe is for the IV I believe, but seems like the clarity is missing.

    • Ritchie Roesch · November 2, 2020

      Yes, X-Trans III. The “Kodachrome 64” card is actually my Vintage Kodachrome recipe.

  37. Isiaka Oluewu · November 3, 2020

    I sold my 100v and now have the GFX 50R. Which one of the recipes will work with it?

    • Ritchie Roesch · November 4, 2020

      That’s a great question that I don’t have a definitive answer to, since I’ve never used the camera. But I believe the X-T30/X-T3 X-Trans IV recipes (as well as X-Trans III) are fully compatible.

  38. Jack · November 6, 2020

    Sort of wish the Fujifilm app allows you to have more custom settings like this that connects over Bluetooth so you can hotswap recipes, out and about.

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  40. Kim · November 8, 2020

    ETERNA: C +4 is wrong, should be C -4

    • Ritchie Roesch · November 8, 2020

      I noticed that, too. Not sure if it’s a typo or Oleksii’s preference for that recipe.

  41. SP · January 11, 2021

    Lovely idea.
    Appreciate if these can be enabled to edit for mobile use.
    So that i can edit the values and sim name and save only those which i would want to use.
    Await your reply. Thanks

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 11, 2021

      That would be great! Also, there’s the Fuji X Weekly app for iOS–coming soon for Android. Thanks for the comment!

  42. Erik Groeneveld · July 28, 2021

    If you are interested in randomly generated film simulation recipes, checkout which does this for you with one mouse click. You can download the recipes in PDF format as well.

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 28, 2021

      How fun! Would be interesting if you could choose the camera and then it would randomize one based off the options for that model. Thank you for sharing!

  43. CK · May 24

    Thanks again for the card

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