Carbon - B&W Filters & Effects 12+

Black and White Photo Editor

Livintis W.L.L.

    • 4.7 • 11.4K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



The best B&W photo editor on the App Store, featured by Apple as a top and trending photo app. Add stunning Black and White filters & effects to your photos with simple and efficient controls.

“Tried the B&W filters and found it amazing. Unlike the rough filters by some other apps, this one is really stunning and can do lots of different styles. I really like it. Minimalism system is a plus too.” – Elizabeth C, Carbon customer

Carbon is the ultimate addition to your B&W photography arsenal. This uncluttered photo editor app provides stunning monochrome filters that will take your work to the next level.

Apply over 50 black and white filters to add elegant, unique touches to your photos. Use B&W presets to bring out variations in lighting and skin tone with a single tap and get professional quality black & white effects instantly.

Add photo textures, like grunge, grain and dust textures to get the perfect photo effects. Create classy and artistic photos quickly, without needing technical experience and multiple sliders or editing tools.

When your photo is finished, you can add hashtags and share your pictures with ease.

Developed in partnership with a collective of professional photographers, Carbon's minimal feature set allows you to hone in on what is most important in the world of black and white.

"When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls." – Anon

Carbon Features:

Black & White Photo Editing
- Apply black and white photo effects
- 58 different B&W filters to bring out the details and style of every photo
- Tap to cycle through filter variations to find the perfect photo effects

Photo Textures
- Apply textures to your photos for atmosphere and depth
- Grain textures
- Dust textures
- Grunge textures
- Light leak textures
- Bokeh textures

Photo Filters & Borders
- Old photo filters to add a stylistic flare
- Add creative borders
- Use blending modes when applying borders

Photography Support
- A simple, intuitive design lets you edit photos without complicated training
- Supports RAW photos from DSLR cameras
- Copy and paste hashtags to share your photos on Instagram and other photo sharing sites

Apply professional-grade black and white effects to your photos with a tap on Carbon.

What users are saying: 

•  “Love it! One of my favorite photo apps. This one has become one of the apps I can’t live without. This should be a natural part of a photographer’s app collection.” – Mariei Bjorn

• “I use 20+ photo editing apps. Carbon is my go to app if I want B&W filters. The output looks very professional.” – Chandra Bodapati

•  “This app can make a photo more stunning without any color than most apps can with a full range of colors. Everyone should use this app. Great App.” – Tiffaney Leigh

• “Well designed and sophisticated. This is for the serious B/W photographer. Not just another editing too, rather, a highly specialized ‘image maker’.” – Enaekhan


Carbon Pro

Carbon is free to download. You can access more filters and presets by joining Carbon Pro. You can try Carbon Pro for free during a 3-day trial period, after which you will be charged $19.99 USD / Year [NB/ Changes per local]. This subscription auto-renews at the end of each year at $19.99 [NB/ Changes per local]. Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. The subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. You may manage your subscription and turn off auto-renewal by going to your Account Settings after purchase. Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited if you purchase a subscription.

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What’s New

Version 14.0

New AI Tool - Colorization! Introducing the new Colorization feature that transforms black and white photos into vibrant color images using AI! Bring new life to old memories with just a few clicks!

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11.4K Ratings

11.4K Ratings ,

Great but still room for improvement

B&W filters are awesome and worth the $ investment. Overall the app is really good but I want to share what I would like to see on future upgrades: 1) edit aspect ratio and crop options within other image editing options, for now you need to do it before you can edit the photo, 2) zoom in on the photo while editing, even with the iPhone plus size screen it can be hard to review the smaller details on the photo, 3) marks or numbers on the edition bar, there are no marks when you increase or lower brightness, contrast, etc. therefore harder to remember what was your previous mark, 4) save your filter edition so you can apply it on other photos for a faster workflow, 5) option to change the square canvas color as it is applied a grayish color border, wish it was white, 6) new 25mp output is a really nice addition but it still compresses the images, maybe in future we can see a lossless export option to keep the same image quality - current output is optimal for for online content though. Keep up the good work. Thanks.

Jam7382 ,

Beautiful design

Love the sleek black and white filters, really makes my photos look professional. Looking forward to the next update !

Update: been using this app for a while and I'd say it's become a standard part of my workflow. It's missing some stuff but overall I'm happy with it. No other apps have the diversity of black and white filters that carbon has and this is the key reason I keep coming back. Suggestions for the developers is to add in percentages for the sliders, increase output resolution options, allow us to save editing sequences and also to bulk edit photos. Good stuff so far. Looking forward to the updates!

Update 2: I have another suggestion for you guys. One thing that I noticed was that sometimes, the hashtag feature won't let me post all the tags, the post will just be cancelled, and so I have to manually delete a couple before it will work. If we could set a number on the tags we wanted to copy, that would be great! I use the tag feature a lot so that would be amazing!

pDOYLEolson ,

Love the way you can achieve a multidimensional true B/W

I’ve used many black and white effects and it was obvious to me that the red, blue and green in using a basic black and white could highlight or lowlight. I know what makes a good black and white I.e. contrast, shadows etc. What I learned on CARBON was depth. What I mean by this is you have a landscape image that has water trees sky etc. in dimensions and defining the different layers from the back to the front or vice versa in the original image. CARBON creates an image that is so multidimensional with my preselected undertones on the APP making this image for me a true black and white and every shade of gray in between and not by turning off RGB and going to grayscale on other editing pages. I want a real absence of color in my WHITE looking through the leaves, a branch, the reflection, light, contrast, and shadows that if a tiny bird was on a branch in the distance you can see it in various grays and then the final mixture of all colors that make BLACK. CARBON does this for me.

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