Filters are an easy way of changing the look of your image. With just one single click (for the most part) you’re able to change the entire image. It gives it a different feel, mood, quality, etc. For retro filters, it has the feeling of Classique rather than the sharp qualities of today’s digital photographs, you get something that’s a little bit more reminiscent of old style photographs and images. Want to see how you can apply such filters on your photos? Continue reading down below!
The Fotophire Editing Toolkit will be the first program that we’re going to be introducing. It comes with a couple of different tools that you can use to apply some special effects. This includes a fairly sizable filter archive! Want to learn how to use this program? Don’t worry, it’s very easy to use! Our step-by-step guide down below should prove that!
It doesn’t take long to launch the Fotophire program. It’s a fairly light software — despite its plentiful features! Now, the editor that we’re going to have to focus on, is the Photo Editor. This is where you can find all of the preset filters!
Ready to get started? You’ll be moved to this screen (refer to the image down below.) Click on theOpen… text to pick the image that you want to edit!
This is what the main Fotophire editor looks like (refer to the image down below.) To start, click on the Effects tab (highlighted blue in the image below.) As you can see, there are different effects categories that you can choose from. Those categories are what separates filters from one another.
To access the “Retro” filters, you’re going to have to check out the Vintage category. As you can see on our sample, we used a filter called “Mesa.” It’s a gorgeous filter, make it look an old coke commercial (with the green glass bottle effect.)
Feel free to make adjustments (or try out other filters) on your image. However, don’t forget to Save before exiting the window! This is easy enough to do, just click on the save icon on the top of the screen.
The next method that we’re going to introduce is more complicated than the previous one. This demonstration will be using Adobe Photoshop! Photoshop is the most popular graphics editing tool in the market. Unfortunately, it’s content-rich interface makes it pretty difficult to use (unless you’re trained for it.) Still, we tried our best to condense as much of the steps as we could! Learn more down below!
First up, let’s import the image that we’re going to be using. This is easy enough to do. Just click on the Open… text box on the left-hand side of the screen! You’ll be prompted to choose your file, do so, and move on to the next step!
As you can see, we decided to stick to the same picture that we had used in our Fotophire demo. This is what we’re going to be applying the retro filter to!
Well, the process is a bit tricky, but it can be done! You’re going to first have to purchase and/or download some preset filters (or Actions, as they are called in Photoshop), before you can move on to the next step. You view these filters by browsing their online directly, which you can access by clicking the File tab > Browse Filters Online...
Once you’ve picked out the filter that you want to use, you’re going to have to import it! Bear with me on this one, just try your best to follow along. Click on the Edit tab > Presets > Export / Import Presets…
Once you’ve finished with the first step, you’ll be moved to this screen (refer to the image down below.) Follow the steps listed to successfully import your filter!
Almost there! Just make sure that you have the Actions module active before moving on to the next step (refer to the image below.)
Now, it’s time to load the filter! To do this, click on the “=” button on the top right-hand corner of the Actions module. Then, choose the Load Actions… option from the drop-down menu!
Now, to use your filter, you’re going to have to highlight it with a click. Then, press the play button on the bottom of the Actions module. That’s it! Just wait a little bit for the filter to be applied automatically (could take seconds or minutes — depending on the quality of the actions.)
As you can see, we were able to apply a super retro filter to our image! That’s all there is to it really! This filter will now always be available on your Actions menu, and if you can always import more if needed!
Done? Remember to save before exiting the window! This can be done by clicking on the Save As… option under the File tab.
The third program that we’re going to introduce is a Mac alternative! This program is called the Movavi Photo Editor! If I were to compare it to the two that we covered previously, then I would say that it’s closer to Fotophire (because it does have preset filters — unlike Photoshop.) The application of the filter is pretty easy too! Continue reading to learn more!
First up, make sure that you have the Mac version of the program downloaded! Their Mac editor is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher!
Now, it’s time to import our image! You can do this by the following:
Much like with the Fotophire, we’re going to be focusing on a singular tab — the Effects tab. This is where all their filters are, filters that will be previewed on the right-hand side of the screen.
The filter that we decided to use (to get that retro look) is the “Lomo” filter. You can find this filter under the Popular category. However, they do have other filters that you can try.
Feel free to adjust the image (or try out a couple other ones.) Just make sure that you save before exiting the window! This can be done by clicking on the Save button on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
The last software that we’re going to be demonstrating is the Adobe Photoshop Express. This app is unlike the original Photoshop which has preset filters! It is one of the easiest to use (especially if you’re thinking of adding filters to a photograph on your phone!)h3>Step 1: Install
The first thing is download the Adobe Photoshop Express and install it on your mobile device! This app can be used in both iOS and Android devices, so you won’t have any trouble with either!
There are a couple of different presets that you can use. For this one, we decided to choose a duo-tone purple look, but there are tons of others to choose from!
When you’re done, click on the Share icon and wait to be brought onto this screen. Make sure to press the Save to Gallery button to finalize your edit.
That’s all for now! We’ve demonstrated quite a couple of different ways to apply retro filters to your images. All of the programs here had their own benefits. However, our overall favorite has to be the Fotophire Editing Toolkit! It’s intuitive, content-rich, and cheap too! All in all, that makes it the most helpful method!