How Do I Use RAW?

We have added the ability to capture, import, and edit RAW images in VSCO!

RAW file formats offer greater creative control, by preserving an image’s original data and capturing exactly what your camera sees. RAW editing and capturing has been something we’ve long wanted to offer to the VSCO community, and is now available with iOS 10 and later.

RAW image files from various camera makes / models supported by Apple will be supported in VSCO. For the list of supported camera makes / models on your iOS, see below: 



Available for iPhone 6* and later devices running iOS 10 or newer, RAW on VSCO will offer enhanced benefits, such as the ability to capture and work with a wider range of colors and tones. Recover lost highlight detail, freely adjust color balance, and bring out the full potential of RAW images from both your iPhone and DSLR camera. *Please note that iPhone 6 can edit RAW files, but not capture RAW images in VSCO.

Please note we currently do not offer the option to export RAW images from your VSCO Studio. We offer the option to save a DNG (RAW) file in your Photo library from the VSCO in-app camera. To enabled this feature, open VSCO, go to Settings>Preferences and enable 'auto-save captured photos to camera roll'.

RAW support is not available for iPhone5S and older iPhone models.

Capturing in RAW.

Launch the camera by pulling the screen down or holding the center icon down.

Tap on the options icon(...).

Tap on the RAW icon to enable RAW capture.


Note: When capturing in RAW the file type will be a DNG.

Importing RAW Images 


  • RAW Files need to be either created by the camera, or imported from the camera roll.
  • Pre-existing RAW files in your Studio will need to be re-imported to behave properly.

In your Studio tap on the “+”.


Tap on your desired image(s) to select it and then tap on the checkmark to confirm. RAW images will have “RAW” labeled at the import screen.

Editing in RAW:

Certain tools get upgraded, denoted by "RAW" being in front of the name.

Here is a list of the upgraded tools:


    • RAW Exposure
    • RAW Temperature
    • RAW Tint
    • RAW Shadows Save
    • RAW Highlights Save
    • RAW Clarity


Improvements generally mean greater range and quality possible.

Here is a side by side comparison of recovering an underexposed image using the exposure tool:


Protip: Slightly underexposing an image shot in RAW (especially an image with strong highlights such as a sky) will help to retain as much image detail as possible. All digital camera sensors have better capability on recovering details in shadow than highlights.