How Instagram Filters Affect Plain White and Black

Seeing how the Instagram filters alter a plain black and a plain white canvas will reveal a lot on what changes they do to your images. I tested the filters and grouped them according to their output. Here are the results.

Part 1 of 4: Filters that Affected White
Half of the filters changed white pixels into something else, half had no effect.

  • 1977 turned all white pixels into light green
  • Walden added a slight cream tint
  • X-pro II coated the canvas with an apple green tint and created a vignette effect
  • Earlybird added a light brown tint and also employed a vignette effect, heavier than X-pro II
  • Nashville put on a cream tint
  • Valencia supplied a pale green shade
  • Sutro added a texturized coat of slight maroon shade
  • Toaster brought a pale yellow tint.


Part 2 of 4: Filters that Did Not Have an Effect on White

These filters are perfect if you are into studio-type plain background shots, or shots isolated into a plain white background using Juxtaposer. Your photos background will remain as it is, despite adding the filter. Any slight shade will give a different result though.


Part 3 of 4: Filters that Affected Black

Except for 1977, Toaster, Walden and Nashville, most of the filters only had a slight effect on black.
  • 1977 turned all black pixels to purple.
  • Walden and Nashville both resulted into a bluish tint, with Walden adding a heavy vignette effect
  • Toaster added a reddish tint and a deep vignette effect
  • Amaro, Rise and X-pro II gave a very slight blue tint.
  • Brannan and Earlybird resulted into a purplish shade.
  • Hudson changed black pixels to dark brown.


Part 4 of 4: Filters that Did Not Have an Effect on Black

These filters will keep black as black. Perfect for dark background shots.


 These results are based on version 2.0.5 of the app.

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