Fuji Features: X RAW Studio

Fujifilm offers a free RAW photo editing software that’s unique called X RAW Studio. What’s unusual about X RAW Studio is that it relies on the camera that captured the image to do the editing. It’s like in-camera RAW editing, but on your computer, and the camera must be tethered. I wrote about it back in 2017. I don’t use X RAW Studio very much myself, but some of you use it regularly and it’s an important part of your workflow process. It’s an interesting tool that Fujifilm provides at no cost, so it’s definitely worth trying if you’ve never done so before.

Below are some articles and videos that I found on the internet that discuss X RAW Studio. Hopefully something here will be helpful or interesting to you. If you know of an article or video that I missed, feel free to post it in the comments. Enjoy!

Alik Griffin

The Online Photographer

John Peltier Photography

The Kiechle Family



  1. Matthias · June 30, 2021

    Yikes. I don’t understand why you of all people don’t use xRAW much. I would have thought that completely different. How do you develop your jpg-recipes…? only in the camera?
    Very strange.

    > From Germany

    • Ritchie Roesch · June 30, 2021

      Yeah, pretty much all in-camera. Crazy, right?!? It works for me, though, as strange as it sounds.

      • Matthias · July 6, 2021

        Hmm … that’s interesting. The small preview image in the camera for raw processing is so tiny after all. When you change individual parameters, you don’t see the difference at all.
        Or do you do it in such a way that you save and compare after each change? That’s extremely cumbersome and takes forever.
        Or have I overlooked a function and it’s much easier in the camera?

      • Ritchie Roesch · July 6, 2021

        You haven’t overlooked anything. It is slow and cumbersome, but that’s my process, and it works for me, as strange as it sounds. Almost all of the recipes were created that way.

      • Matthias · July 7, 2021

        Enter your comment here…Simply incredible. Really a lot of work!
        Thank you for your answer.

      • Ritchie Roesch · July 9, 2021

        I appreciate it!

  2. Nigel Hart · June 30, 2021

    Why can’t they make it compatible with all Fujifilm cameras?.

    • Ritchie Roesch · June 30, 2021

      I don’t know! I heard once that it has something to do with the USB type. Don’t know if that’s true, though.

  3. Walter Thomson · June 30, 2021

    Thanks for bringing this excellent software up to the readers again. I think this is genius from Fujifilm. I have saved quite a few great film simulations that you have created and I can always go back to any of them without having them in the camera.

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 4, 2021

      It’s definitely unique, I can’t think of anything like it. I know many people find it very helpful, so I’m happy to bring it up. Thanks for the comment!

  4. jazzlampe · July 1, 2021

    The best feature in my opinion is that I can save and restore recipes directly from and to camera. Sadly this does not apply to all models that work with X-Raw Studio.
    Another cool thing is that X-Raw Studio stores its presets in .FP1-files. Since they are plain XML you can create and edit recipes directly with a text editor. Usually X-Raw Studio would not let you use the same recipe for different camera models. But once you copy them to the matching subdirectory and change model-data as well as the serial number according to your second camera, all your recipes appear – no matter which camera you connect to your computer.

    • walker · July 1, 2021

      > all your recipes appear – no matter which camera you connect to your computer
      are you saying I can even use parameters not available on my camera (e.g. clarity, color chrome blue etc.)? it would be darn cool!

      • jazzlampe · July 1, 2021

        I regret, that’s not the case. Parameters not supported by your camera will be ignored.

      • Ritchie Roesch · July 4, 2021

        Got it! Thanks!

      • Ritchie Roesch · July 4, 2021

        That would be amazing!

    • Alex · July 1, 2021

      This is exactly what I do! With two camera bodies, it is a lot easier and faster to copy the recipes and transfer them to both bodies.

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 4, 2021

      That’s pretty crazy! So you can apply Classic Negative to an X-T1, for example?

  5. Christian · July 1, 2021

    As it‘s actually using the camera to process the jpgs, I don‘t understand why there is no app for iPad etc…

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 4, 2021

      I agree! Seems like an iPad app would be ideal.

  6. Rob · July 1, 2021

    Since switching from Canon to Fuji X about a year and a half ago, I’ve cut down my workflow drastically. Mainly because the recipes give me the look I want straight out of the camera. Last month I had to end my Adobe subscription because of financial reasons, and it really was no great loss. If I need to make exposure adjustments to an image, X-RAW studio is the best place to do it, as I can still keep the recipe applied it. In LR, I can either make adjustments to the RAW file and lose the recipe settings, or make adjustments to the jpgs, which is not ideal.

    Thanks for the video links, Ritchie. I’m looking forward to watching them

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 4, 2021

      Awesome! I’m so glad that the recipes have been helpful. I hope that you found something in the videos useful or at least entertaining. Thanks for the comment!

  7. Cliff Daigle · July 1, 2021

    This is a fantastic list. Thanks for compiling it (and even including my video!)
    Really love the work you’re doing – your app is outstanding and super-helpful. Keep it up, brother!

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 4, 2021

      Awesome! Glad that I found your video. I appreciate your kind words.

  8. Евгений Курочкин · August 27

    Why can’t I paste from the clipboard into fields in FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO? I mean “Edit CUSTOM Name”. XXI century, ships are flying to Mars, and Fuji has such primitive software. Working with user profiles is just some kindergarten. )) No complaints about the cameras, they are the best. ))

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 28

      I don’t work with Fujifilm and I have no association with them. I don’t even have a contact within the company. I’d definitely reach out to Fujifilm with any feedback.

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