Definition of panchromatic in US English:



  • (of photographic film) sensitive to all visible colors of the spectrum.

    Often contrasted with orthochromatic
    • ‘The primary requisite for inspecting panchromatic film is a dark green safelight filter.’
    • ‘I was also using panchromatic film, making ‘in-camera ‘separations, holding RGB filters in front of the camera lens for three exposures onto 3 separate pieces of black and white film.’’
    • ‘I use traditional panchromatic films for the interpositive and an orthochromatic film for the final enlarged negative.’
    • ‘Since most panchromatic films are considerably more sensitive to blue light than to red, blue objects will almost always appear lighter and brighter than red objects in a black and white photograph taken in white light.’
    • ‘Yet her cultural frame of reference is also much broader, as the art satisfies the senses of a panchromatic, culturally diverse audience.’
    • ‘The actors did not wear make-up, and panchromatic film was used to make the faces appear as if in relief.’
    • ‘This is the same as if I'd shot the scene on panchromatic B & W film with a red filter.’
    • ‘He refused to allow his actors to use makeup, an unheard-of conceit at that time but one made possible by the recent introduction of panchromatic film.’