VSCO Cancels Film Simulations for Desktop

By Kehl Bayern / December 11, 2018

The world of photography got some rough news from old school photo editor VSCO today.

Born on the desktop, it looks like VSCO is forgetting who brought them to the dance: The company announced it was discontinuing its Photoshop and Lightroom presets used for simulating film on RAW photos.

Image via Balázs Benjamin from Pexels.com.

As PetaPixel points out, the presets are still for sale on the VSCO store but no one knows how long they will remain up there. We do know that VSCO presets will not be supported after March 1, 2019 per an announcement by the company.

Probably the biggest selling point behind the VSCO Film presets is how easy it made life for photographers that wanted to give their RAW images a certain kind of look. It seems like a lot of what is prompting VSCO’s move is the company’s transition from desktop to mobile – not much of a shocker given that that trend is dominating a lot of segments these days.

Internet reactions are mixed. Some photographers are pointing out that it will be an inconvenience to find replacements, but not impossible, while others highlight the shifting nature of the medium. It would seem that mobile – or Instagram – is more important to VSCO than professional photographers is one consensus, though that’s likely far from the case. A lot of the company’s efforts moving forward do seem to be situated in the mobile space. One program the company has pushed hard in recent weeks is its VSCO X mobile subscription service. There, you can obtain all of the VSCO presets for your mobile device for $USD 20 per year. Really, that's quite a steal – if you edit most of your photos on a mobile device. You can watch a video from VSCO about their future plans here on YouTube.

Is VSCO’s transition from desktop to mobile just a sign of the times? Do you use VSCO’s products? Let us know how these changes will impact your workflow in the comments.


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Kehl Bayern

Kehl Bayern is our staff news writer and has over a decade of experience in online media and publishing. In terms of photography, he is interested in architecture and modern design. Kehl Bayern is also the author of science fiction thriller Animus Proxy. He is based in Boston, Massachusetts and studied politics at the University of Virginia and, later, Harvard University for graduate school. He spends much of his time traveling up and down the east coast of the United States. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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