How To Add Film Simulation Recipes To Your Fujifilm Camera

I’ve published over 100 film simulation recipes for Fujifilm X cameras, but I’ve never explained how to program them—the practical side of entering the data into the gear. How do you add a recipe to your camera? If you don’t know how, this article is for you!

Most Fujifilm cameras allow you to store up to seven custom presets; however, some only allow you to have one. There are some variations between models and generations, but no matter your Fujifilm X camera, you should be able to program a recipe by the end of this article, because it’s actually pretty simple. I think it’s always a good idea to read the manual—Fujifilm has all of them available online, and a Google search will bring up your model’s manual quickly. It’s important to really familiarize yourself with your gear to get the most out of it.

Most of the settings that a film simulation recipe requires you to adjust are found in the IQ Menu set, which you access by pressing the Menu button on the camera. Things like Film Simulation, Highlight, Shadow, Color, Dynamic Range, etc., etc., are found in this menu. For those who have a model that can’t save custom presets (such as the Fujifilm X-T200), this is where you can enter in the required parameters of a recipe. You might find many of these settings in the Q-Menu, as well, or through various other buttons on your camera, but they’re pretty much all in one place in the IQ Menu. White Balance Shift is adjusted within the White Balance submenu.

For those with cameras that can save seven custom presets (which most Fujifilm cameras are able to), you can program these custom presets with different film simulation recipes. Find “Edit/Save Custom Settings” in the IQ Menu, or, more quickly, press the Q button to open the Q Menu, then press and hold the Q button, and the Edit/Save Custom Settings submenu will appear. Again, there’s some variations between models, but this should work with most Fujifilm cameras. Once there, select the custom slot you want to use, enter the parameters that the recipe requires, and hit the Back button to save. Many cameras, but not all, have the option to name the custom preset.

Only the latest models, the X-Pro3 and newer, allow you to save the White Balance Shift with a custom preset. For most cameras, you’ll have to manually adjust the WB Shift each time that you change recipes. Exposure Compensation (which is a suggested starting point and not a hard-and-fast rule) can’t be stored, either. For those with cameras that can name presets, one option is to use a recipe name format to remind yourself what these settings should be, so that you know what to set them to.

Once you have everything set, then you can access the seven custom presets through the Q button. Changing between recipes becomes quick and easy! My X100V can save the WB Shift, which is great; however, my other cameras cannot, so on those models I have a button custom set to quickly access White Balance. That way I can easily adjust the shift, since I have to manually adjust that parameter each time I change recipes.

You should now be well on your way to setting up a film simulation recipe on your camera. Once you’ve done it a couple of times, the process will become quick for you. That first time or two, where you’re not really sure how to do it, is the hardest, but with experience it becomes easy.

35 comments

  1. wj.van.duin@planet.nl · November 19

    Hi Ritchie,

    Your blogposts and your film simulation are highly appreciated by me. I highly value your work and continuous updates.

    I would very much like it if you could seek support and assistance for the following suggestions and ideas.

    I value the idea of the recipes to enhance the possibilities of the cameras to shoot in Jpeg to their fullest capacities.

    But FujiFilm cameras are also great cameras in that their own FujiFilm recipes or Film simulations provide processing choices in Raw that most other camera-brands lack.

    The base film-simulations from the various camera-models are available as processing-profiles in ACR, Lightroom and CaptureOne (may be even more software already or following next) as the start for raw-processing.

    How nice would it be if it would be possible to use or modify your Film Simulations Recipes to work as profiles in these software programs as well. It’s not an easy or simple kind of project to undertake. It would possibly need the use of a 3D-LUT-software program or at least of the Adobe DNG Profile Editor that can be downloaded from the Adobe site.

    I came to think of this after following the latest video-course and tutorials by Jim Welninski on Real Raw, that center around the issue of removing the (contrast)-curve from all camera-profiles so as to obtain a true or Real Raw (flat) base setting and profile for raw-processing.

    I informed Jim Welninski about your work and about the way FujiFilm cameras are quite different from other brands of cameras, in that their camera-profiles are very different.

    I wonder what you think of my idea and if you think it could be feasible in anyway.

    Keep up the good work, stay safe, best wishes and kind regards,

    Wouter J. van Duin

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    Ritchie Roesch posted: ” I’ve published over 100 film simulation recipes for Fujifilm X cameras, but I’ve never explained how to program them—the practical side of entering the data into the gear. How do you add a recipe to your camera? If you don’t know how, this article is”

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    • Ritchie Roesch · November 19

      It would certainly be interesting! I’m not real sure of the practicality of it. I don’t have the technical knowledge to do it myself, although I did recently purchase Capture One because I get so many questions about it. I hope to figure out enough about the software to be more helpful to others. Your idea is great, for sure!

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      • Duane · February 19

        I was just having the same thought — I’d like to see camera profiles for Lightroom. I’ve seen tutorials on creating such profiles, but I’m (currently) clueless as to where to begin creating these kinds of film sim profiles.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · February 21

        It’s very difficult (if not impossible) to get it the RAW file to 100% match the sooc JPEG, but it would be interesting to create some “pretty close” presets.

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      • Alex G · February 21

        I loaded the Tri-x 400 recipe in my X-S10 camera and took a jpg+raw file. I then took both files into Lightroom and made the raw file look as similar to the jpg as I could. From the raw file I proceeded to make a “preset” (that mimicked the recipe). One thing I noticed was that it was very hard to get the same type of grain as the camera grain. You can then make a profile from the preset in ACR. Except that the grain did not get added to the profile. So you can use the profile but then have to add grain in Lightroom (or Photoshop).

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      • Ritchie Roesch · February 22

        Grain is especially difficult for the Acros film simulation, because it changes based on the ISO that it was shot at. With the other film simulations, Grain is more or less an overlay, but Acros is different. I think Alien Skin Exposure might have the best tools for achieving an accurate Grain look, but you’d have to adjust it to each individual exposure (depending on the ISO it was shot at). Creating accurate presets is no easy task, that’s for sure!

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      • Alex G · February 21

        And meant to mention that the profile was not accurate in contrast. So I would stick with the preset.

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  2. jimmarjorie · November 30

    I recently used film emulation bracketing on my X-PRO2. This is a great feature. However, correct me if I’m wrong, but one can’t use any of the 7 recipes that one entered for emulation bracketing. Am I correct?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · November 30

      Unfortunately, you cannot. I never understood this limitation. Fujifilm should absolutely allow it.

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  3. Bogdan Stamatin · December 2

    Hi there Ritchie,

    First of all, thank you for your great work, I highly appreciate it. I have a short question, sorry if it was addressed already on the site. On my X100V, after taking a picture with a recipe applied, there’s 2 seconds of lag time, while the camera writes on the card, and displays “Storing”. It doesn’t happen with the usual film simulations, which makes me think that there’s a higher amount of processing power needed for storing a picture with a recipe applied. Have you encountered the same issue? It’s true that I don’t have a high speed SD card, only a 48 mb/s one, so maybe changing it will solve the issue. Anyway, thank you again, keep up the good work!
    Bogdan from Romania

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    • Ritchie Roesch · December 2

      It’s the Clarity setting that slows the camera down. Set it to 0 and the camera will speed up. Also make sure you are using Boost mode. A trick is to keep Clarity set to whatever the recipe calls for, and let it slow you down as part of the process, but when you need to be faster, set the camera to a continuous shooting mode, which automatically disables Clarity, and then later reprocess the RAW file (if you shoot RAW+JPEG) and set Clarity at that time. I hope this helps!

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  4. rla1022 · December 16

    Hey looks like the Xs-10 follows different rules for setting recipes.

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  5. Jason · January 23

    I’m newish to the Fuji family and am interested in the presets for my X-T3. I’ve followed the steps and gotten the adjustments all saved but the camera is not retaining the name of the preset. I’ve changed the name in the Custom 1 slot, I’ve saved it, and it still shows Custom 1 even though all the adjustments I changed were saved. Any help would be appreciated.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · January 24

      Make sure you select Set and not hit the back button. This has tripped me up a bunch, and I’ve done it a thousand times probably. I’m guessing this is the issue.

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  6. Robert Ades · January 24

    I have an X-T2, but would like to try some of the recipes that you’ve developed for the next generation of sensors. Will they work on my X-T2, and how much variance can I expect due to the use of the older sensor?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · January 25

      You can use many of the X-T30/X-T3 recipes, and they’ll be similar but not exact; you’re missing Color Chrome Effect, B&W Toning, and Eterna, but otherwise the results will be nearly identical. Recipes intended for newer X-Trans IV cameras (like the X100V and X-T4) aren’t compatible, as you’re missing things like Color Chrome FX Blue, Clarity, some WB options, and Classic Negative (in addition to the others).

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  7. Alex Jungius · February 13

    Hi, loving these recipes so thank you. Quick question on the live view in EVF or LCD display. Is it normal for the live view not to represent a manual custom recipe? Thanks

    I’m on X100V trying with bleach bypass.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · February 14

      It should be you-see-what-you-get, so it should look like the recipe you are using. I’m not sure why it wouldn’t. Are you shooting RAW, RAW+JPEG, or JPEG? Do the pictures look correct after they’re captured?

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      • Alex Jungius · February 14

        Thanks for the reply. I’m shooting just JPEG and the final captured images look great it’s just I don’t see a preview in the live view. I see a preview with all the inbuilt simulations but not any manual recipes. It’s a recently bought (latest firmware) X100V. Thanks

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      • Ritchie Roesch · February 15

        I don’t really know how to help. I’ve never heard of this issue. I would recommend contacting Fujifilm support, I’m sure they can figure it out. Sorry that I am not more helpful.

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      • Alex Jungius · February 15

        No worries, I’ve been an idiot and had “true view” or whatever it’s called on which was making the viewfinder look normal. Thanks for your help though.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · February 16

        I’m glad that you figured it out!

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  8. Timm Timmers · February 13

    Hi Ritchie,
    Somehow my X-E3 “remembers” the WB, highlight tint and shadow tint from a recipe after switching from a recipe to an “original” Fuji film simulation. The camera doesn’t set those settings to 0 after switching.
    What am i missing?

    Thank you!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · February 14

      If the WB is different (Auto, Daylight, Kelvin, Fluorescent 1, etc.), then it will remember the shift (one shift per WB). If you have two (or more) different recipes with Daylight, and each has a different shift, the camera will remember only one shift. Does your camera behave differently than this?

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      • Roel · 29 Days Ago

        X-H1 user here. Same problem. I had customized 7 C-settings but cannot/don’t know how to go use the original – let’s say – Provia simulation. In other words, how to chose between an original simulation and a customized simulation?

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 29 Days Ago

        When you go to edit any of the C1-C7 presets, there’s an option to reset it. C1 is Provia, C2 is Velvia, C3 is Astia, etc., etc. I hope this helps!

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  9. Brian Tjon · April 13

    May I ask how to add recipes and save them on X-S10?

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  10. Larissa · May 14

    Hello! First of all, thank you so much for your work! I am so excited to try these film simulations!!!
    I bought my first camera (xt3) about 3 weeks ago, so I am a very beginner in everything about my camera and photography, but I am loving to learn about it.
    I would like to know what would be the difference if I shoot in raw or jpeg with the same film simulation.
    Would they look different?
    thank you!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · May 16

      Hi! I think you’ll love your camera, and I hope that you find this website useful as you learn.
      These “recipes” are intended for the camera-made JPEG, but I recommend shooting RAW+JPEG. You can reprocess the RAW file in-camera or with X RAW Studio, and apply these recipes, if you’d like. If you use Lightroom or Capture One, the software will apply its interpretation of some (but not all) of the JPEG settings to the RAW file; it will definitely look different. With enough tweaking you can get pretty close, but that’s a lot of work.

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  11. Richie Castro · June 10

    Hello big fan of your work (and your name too),
    I’ve been shooting digital photography with an Fuji XT1 and now an XT3 for a few years now and have recently been getting into film photography. It’s been a great learning experience of trying to find a look and aesthetic that matches my experience when I am shooting and your Fuji simulation recipes have been very helpful with that! Also your app has been useful in setting film simulations on my camera when I’m on the go. I personally don’t have a great eye in recognizing the subtle differences between some recipes, and I was wondering if you have a system with either file naming or in the EXIF data to recall what simulation recipe you shot with each photo? It can be hard sometimes after shooting hundreds of photos after a trip and trying to associate a simulation with a photo after the fact.

    Thank you!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 11

      Hi, Richie! Nice name! I don’t have a good system. Typically I only shoot with a few different recipes at a time. When I do use more, the best practice for me is for the recipes to be significantly different looking; when I’ve used recipes that are similar, I’ve had a hard time telling them apart, so I avoid that. I’m sure this isn’t much help for you, but I hope it is.

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  12. niklas e · 6 Days Ago

    Agfa – Agfachrome RS Pro 25, 200, 400, 1000
    E6 love the tone neutral..

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