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Cross Processing Colour Guide

Every cross processed slide films have different color shifts. In order to use them flexibly, why don't we have a color palette?

At times, we use different color tones to express different moods. For example, we will choose bright blue for joy, deep red for nostalgia, indigo for darker moods. Some films have similar color tones, you can choose according to your preferences. But there are still subtle differences and my article will discuss in greater details.

However, I would like to clarify something upfront:

  • Every xpro film development is unique, even if the same film is used. Camera, lens, ambient lighting, ISO setting, lab used etc will affect the final results. Therefore, the chosen photos might not be the most beautiful. But I had included every possible shooting combination such as different sky colors, indoors/outdoors, cameras for your reference.
  • I had personally used all the films discussed below. But there are so many types of slide films out there. These are for reference purposes, you need to try out to see if you like the color shifts.
  • Most of the films are readily available in the shops.
  • Photography is on a best effort basis, hence no price comparisons or hard sell here (wouldn’t that take the fun out of photography?).

BLUE

Agfa Precisa CT100

The legendary Agfa slide film turns beautifully blue after xpro. To be exact, it makes all colors vivid but natural. It is a great performer in both strong and low lights. Ever since production shifted from Europe to Japan, the colors turn more greenish, especially for night and indoor shots.

(EU)

(JP)

Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100
It makes all colors more vivid, without too much color shifts. You would be tempted to take random shots of the skies, the children, and continue right into the night! It is not affected by low light. You can read this for more details!

Kodak EliteChrome 100

It is readily available and is suitable for beginners to try out. Similar to Agfa CT100, it is perfect for taking blue skies. Capturing portraits during sunny days will also look natural. Under the dim twilight lighting, colors will appear more natural. There is green color shifts for indoors and night shots, be careful if taking portraits.

GREEN

Fuji Sensia 200

The greens of expired Sensia 200 feels comfortable, unlike the glaring greens when the film is fresh. There is a solemn mood when used in cloudy days. At night, it can express different colors and is not monotonous.

Kodak EliteChrome 200

The color shifts are in between green and blue. And the whole frame is filled with this depressing color tone. This gives the photo a vintage feel. When shot indoor, one color dominates, therefore the subject should be something with high contrasts.

Fuji Provia 400F

This is my most frequently used film. Besides the slight tinge of green color shifts, it is fast enough for different lighting conditions. Although not as vivid as X-Pro Chrome 100, there is a certain profound depth in the greenish blue skies. Despite the slight green cast, it is still suitable for portrait skin tones. You can read this for more details!

Fuji Provia 400X

Fuji Provia100F
Under sunny conditions, it has greenish blue color shifts. On cloudy days, indoors and at night, it is bright green. Therefore, it is more suitable for the great outdoors.

YELLOW

Lomography X-Pro Slide 200
At night, yellow is dominant! There is pale yellow color cast on sunny and cloudy days with a tinge of greens. Therefore, when using X-Pro 200, blue skies will appear a mesmerizing green.

RED

Fuji Velvia 100F

It is red hot, like burning orange color tones. On sunny days, vivid colored items will retain their colors while others will be painted red. Everything is red indoors and at night. Velvia 100F is great for expressing summer sensations or vintage feel of old neighborhoods.

Fuji Sensia 100

Its reds are deep reds. As if the skies are holding back some words, there won’t be very strong feelings. It is orangey red when shot indoors. My personal opinion is that it is more suitable for landscape shots as it would be too red for portraits.

Fuji T64

Its reds are pinkish red, just like looking at the world through a pair of pink sunglasses. Indoor and cloudy day shots will have a purple tinge, very warm feeling.

PURPLE

Fuji Astia 100

This is one of the rare films with purplish red color shifts. Under sunny conditions, it has an unique charm. Indoor and cloudy day shots will be dominated by purplish red color shifts, under lighting, it is closer to orange colors, like Sensia 100.

Conclusion

Like I mentioned in the beginning, cross processing has too many variables. I can only provide an approximation. No point arguing with RGB values as each photo is uniquely yours! Enjoy the process of being surprised every time!I hope that after reading this, you will grab a suitable film before heading out!

Which film did you bring out today?

P.S. I still want to try E100 series!

written by singleelderly and translated by coolsigg

41 comments

  1. icuresick

    icuresick

    Finally, translated to English! Thank you LSI!

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  2. vicuna

    vicuna

    Great article!!

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  3. guanatos

    guanatos

    this article is aweeesooomeeeee

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  4. discodrew

    discodrew

    Great article. A real keeper to refference back too. Thanks for this.

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  5. mephisto19

    mephisto19

    great article and overview! for europe chemicals you can have a look at my article about cross process http://www.lomograph(…)-mephisto19

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  6. grazie

    grazie

    great article!!!

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  7. el-perverso

    el-perverso

    I just packed an Agfa Precisia CT100 in my LC-A

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  8. jessye

    jessye

    Ahhh thank you! Really wanted to get into cross processing but had no clue :) ta x
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  9. asharnanae

    asharnanae

    great article! On the fuji T64 side, I used some expired 120 film and it gave me vivid purple/mauve in dull conditions and indoors using flash.

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  10. adi_totp

    adi_totp

    great great great!

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  11. megzeazez

    megzeazez

    Anyone know why my Provia 100F xpro photos always come out very red and pink?

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  12. megzeazez

    megzeazez

    Ooops I'm shooting Velvia...found my own answer! :]

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  13. ihave2pillows

    ihave2pillows

    Both my Precisa CT and Sensia turn green for some reason, whereas my Lomo X-tungsten is purple is daylight but redish at night...

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  14. gvelasco

    gvelasco

    Great! Great! Article. Nice work.

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  15. signals_pulsate

    signals_pulsate

    Wow I jus found this cross process wheel. Helpful

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  16. superkulisap

    superkulisap

    very nice!

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  17. thinkgeek

    thinkgeek

    why can't i translate this in other languages? O_o

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  18. yijing

    yijing

    Really useful article for my reference. Superb!

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  19. jeyku

    really interesting - nice article

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  20. aoba

    aoba

    great article! very useful !!

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  21. ugodelcorso

    ugodelcorso

    this is gold! thank you singleelderly

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  22. domo-guy

    domo-guy

    I don't know whether its the processing or the weather, but most of my slide photos turn out reddish.. :( btw nice article!

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  23. mazott

    mazott

    Awesome! I think Lomography X Tunsten 64 sits in the purple area.

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  24. lawypop

    lawypop

    awesome info by @singleelderly and translated by @coolsigg !!

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  25. redtulip

    redtulip

    awesome article, thanks a lot

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  26. ariannapaloma

    ariannapaloma

    GOD! This is the NEW BIBLE!!!! ;) awesome work, thank you!

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  27. dreadlockboy

    dreadlockboy

    great article :)

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  28. erikagrendel

    erikagrendel

    perfect article !!!

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  29. wzzk

    wzzk

    great article and its very useful, congrats!

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  30. deepfried_goodness

    deepfried_goodness

    This is one of the most informative articles yet.

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  31. savi0325

    Love the wheel chart! Thank you

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  32. cc-in-paris

    cc-in-paris

    great article! instant text-book reference

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  33. singleelderly

    singleelderly

    Thanks all for the likes and comments : ) And thanks @coolsigg for translating to English!

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  34. mgf

    mgf

    great guidance!

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  35. civcivli

    civcivli

    wow, this will really help me. thank you!

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    istionojr

    intense article, awesome!

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  37. wennie

    great article! thanks a lot! :))

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  38. eunicegoh

    eunicegoh

    A very helpful article for a lomography newbie like me!

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  39. swampwater

    swampwater

    Thanks so much for the effort that went in to this!

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  40. lwadethompson

    lwadethompson

    This is really helpful. Thanks a bunch.

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    kschraer

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