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Chromatic Edges

It's all about the Edge! Unlimited edges to make your photography pop!

JixiPix takes vintage to a whole new extreme. Gone are the days of having a few tiny choices when it comes to adding flare to your imagery. Chromatic Edges brings back the subtle magic of photo processing with glass, silver and paper plates all with a few taps and your unique photo.


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Chromatic Edges

It’s all about the edge! There is something artistic about the old days of plate photography. The silky smooth images and fabulously artistic edges are just amazing to look at.

Before the days of digital or film photography, photographers had to process their images using glass plates, metal plates, and paper to get their final image. These processes took tremendous skill and passion to produce the final product. Some of the processing techniques even required the processing of the glass plate within minutes of taking the photograph. Boy have times changed!

Until today you had only a few choices if you wanted to recreate some of the old-style photo art. You would pick a stock photo and blend it into your photography. And since there are only a few choices you were left with your artwork starting to look oh-so-familiar. Chromatic Edges changes all that and gives you unlimited artistic photography styles while only taking a few steps to create.

Mix it Up, Experiment and Have Fun in the Process!

Having fun with your edges is the key ingredient to making great images! We at JixiPix have found unique ways to use Machine Learning to generate unlimited edges. Just tap the “Generate” button to see the magic happen. Chromatic Edges will, Quickly and effortlessly, create a completely unique edge. If you find that you love it, its super simple to tap the ‘+’ to save it for later.

To create this powerful technology took thousands of artistic man hours of meticulously painting edges. These edges were then processed through our deep learning algorithm and used to teach the ‘machine’ how to create them on its own. Now you, the user, get to use this power to ‘edge’ your photo and never have two of the same edge again. And the great thing is…even if you know nothing about the fabulous photo techniques from a hundred years ago you will still appreciate the possibilities and creativity you can achieve with Chromatic Edges.

Chromatic Edges is filled to the brim with styles. Easily create Calotypes, Cyanotypes, Daguerreotypes, Gelatin Silver Plates, Tintype, Autochrome, Ambrotype, Carbon Print, Aristotype, Salted Paper Print, colored edges, and thousands of styles in between.

What's New

Check out what’s new in the Chromatic Edges software available for Mac, Windows and iPad.

The new update to Chromatic Edges features Emulsion Lift, a technique where the emulsion layer is removed from a sheet of instant film (using water), then affixed to another surface giving it a fluid or tissue like appearance. The beauty found within this photographic oddity, and at the hands of an inspired artist, can create powerful and unique work of art.

Add an Emulsion Lift Layer

The new Emulsion Lift effect can be found in Chromatic Edges. To add Emulsion Lift go to the Layers menu and choose it off the list. When the new layer is added it will apply the Emulsion Lift effect to all the edge, texture and adjustment layers under it. If you notice some of these layers aren't in the effect, just move the new layer up to the top of the Layers list.

Modify Settings with Randomize

Modify the Emulsion Lift settings using the Randomize button. When the layer is active, with a blue highlight, click the randomize button to watch the crinkle patterns change. Again, this effect is made to look wet and ripply so stop when you find the look you like. The Randomize button is the quickest way to view Emulsion Lift but manual sliders are there for further variation.

How to Intensify the Emulsion Effect

You can intensify the effect by a adding a second Emulsion Lift layer, then adjust the film transparency using the Layer Opacity. By adjusting opacity the effect will have a delicate translucent finish. Backgrounds can by added by turning up the Background Strength found on the Canvas layer.

Photo Processing and Edge Styles

Calotype or talbotype is an early photographic process introduced in 1841 by William Henry Fox Talbot, using paper coated with silver iodide. The term calotype comes from the Greek (kalos), "beautiful", and tupos, "impression".

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. In a cyanotype, a blue is usually the desired color; however, there are a variety of effects that can be achieved. These fall into three categories: reducing, intensifying, and toning.

Daguerreotype was the first commercially successful photographic process (1839-1860) in the history of photography. Named after the inventor, Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, each daguerreotype is a unique image on a silvered copper plate.

Edges is sometimes referred to as a "natural" black border, like those often seen in the days of contact prints. Edges happen automatically when you print the entire negative without cropping, allowing the clear film or glass around the photo to print as well.

Gelatin Silver process is the photographic process used with currently available black-and-white films and printing papers. A suspension of silver salts in gelatin is coated onto a support such as glass, flexible plastic or film, baryta paper, or resin-coated paper.

Negative can be more commonly referred to as glass plate negatives and will encompass a few areas and styles. Photographic plates preceded photographic film as a capture medium in photography. The light-sensitive emulsion of silver salts were coated on a glass plate, typically thinner than common window glass, instead of a clear plastic film.

Silver Plate or plate collodion process requires the photographic material to be coated, sensitized, exposed and developed within the span of about fifteen minutes, necessitating a portable darkroom for use in the field.

Gum Brichromate is a 19th-century photographic printing process based on the light sensitivity of dichromates. It is capable of rendering painterly images from photographic negatives.

Tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion.

Black and White does not need much explanation. This type is a more modern version of a long lost classic. Black and white photography began in 1826 as Jospeh Nicephore Niepce of France stored a black and white image on pewter plate covered in a petroleum using a camera, but the process took eight hours and immense sunshine to record the image.

Vintage photography began in the 15th Century with Robert Boyle’s discovery of silver chloride turning dark when exposed to air in a dark room. From there anything before the mid-twentieth century could be consider vintage.

Emulsion Lift is a technique where the emulsion layer is removed from a sheet of instant film (using water), then affixed to another surface giving it a fluid or tissue like appearance. The beauty found within this photographic oddity, and at the hands of an inspired artist, can create powerful and unique work of art.


This video is the first step to learning the Chromatic Edges basics.

Learn how to:

Photoshop Plugin

  • Includes a plugin which allows quick access to Chromatic Edges from inside Photoshop CS5+, Elements, Lightroom and PaintShop Pro for Mac and Win. Supports actions, transparency, blending, last filter command, batch processing and 16bit RGB/Greyscale modes.

Every JixiPix Product Features

  • Support for high resolution images and output
  • Multiple undo
  • Randomize button
  • Quick previewing
  • Customizable styles
  • Superior customer service
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System Requirements

Mac OS X 10.7+ 64-bit
Windows Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10+ 64-Bit
Mac App Store version does not include plugin


Adobe Photoshop CS3+, All Photoshop CC (Mac/Win), Photoshop Elements 10+ (Mac/Win), Lightroom 4+ (Mac/Win), Serif Affinity Photo (Mac/Win)
Corel PaintShop Pro X7+ (Win)