X-LR is a plugin for Lightroom 6 and 5 which uses the film simulation settings from Fujifilm raw files to automatically:

  • Apply the Lightroom profile corresponding to the film simulation
  • Apply Develop Presets based on the film simulation
  • Record the film simulation as keywords
  • Read star ratings
  • Via the Expert Mode bonus feature
    • Read other Fuji settings
    • Set any Lightroom sliders or presets

The underlying problem

When you import raw files into Lightroom, you see the results of Fuji’s film simulation in the Import dialog box and also briefly in Library. Adobe’s own raw conversion then takes over and you get the Adobe look.

If you want Fuji’s film simulation colours in Lightroom, Develop’s Camera Calibration panel offers “profiles”. Adobe developed these in conjunction with Fujifilm engineers and they are quite close.

But there’s no way to tell which film simulation you used for a photo or set of photos. If you only used one film simulation that day, you can probably remember and can just set the profile yourself. But what if you aren’t sure, or if you took lots of photos and varied which film simulations you used? Did you choose Acros+Red or Acros+Green for that photo?

X-LR was designed to quickly and automatically overcome this problem, and it then developed extra features such as handling ratings and the Expert Mode.

How to use X-LR

  • Import the pictures and select them in Library or Develop
  • From the File menu
    • File > Plugin Extras > jb X-LR >Apply the Film Simulation profile to selected photos

      The plugin’s title β€œjb X-LR” is itself grayed out, but the actual menu Apply…. should be enabled.

  • You then see a dialog box like this:
  • In general, leave the Apply boxes checked
    • Uncheck a box only if you do not want to apply Adobe’s profile for that film simulation
    • X-LR will still look for that film simulation and can apply a preset
  • Add a preset if you want
  • Press OK

Auf Deutsch

Volker Kindermann was very helpful when I was developing X-LR and wrote these instructions in German: Cooles Tool – kurz vorgestellt: X-LR Lightroom Plugin

System Requirements

X-LR is tested on Mac and PC, and for Lightroom 5 or later.

It will not run on Lightroom 4 or earlier.

Camera support

  • Raw files from all Fuji X and G cameras
  • DNGs including those generated by X-Transformer

Installation

Unzip the download. You should now have a plugin called ‘jb_xLR.lrplugin’. You then install the plugin via the Lightroom plugin manager:

  1. Move jb_xLR.lrplugin to a convenient folder of your own choosing
  2. In Lightroom, from the File menu choose Plugin Manager
  3. Click the “Add” button
  4. Browse to the plugin and click “OK” on a Mac or “Add plugin” on a PC

Older Lightroom, new camera?

If your camera is too new for your version of Lightroom, the plugin will not be any benefit. I would recommend that your best way forward is to upgrade to the current version of Lightroom which will mean you also take advantage of its greatly-improved rendering of Fuji files.

Help

If you want assistance, feel free to email me or to add a comment. I try to respond quickly.

By the way, I’d love to hear where you heard of X-LR and what you think of the plugin.