Photo Effects

All Methods to Add VHS Effects to Your Photos

Looking for a tool that can get you that striking glitch-like effect? It’s a very unnerving way of expressing a certain feeling in your photos. Much like the kind of aesthetic that we see in today’s most popular horror shows! In this article, we’re going to show you all the different methods that you can use to add VHS effects to your photographs! Try it out with us! All the programs we introduced down below are available for FREE trial!

If you wanted to find a helpful photo editor with adding VHS effects to photos onlineWondershare PixStudio should be recommended. It provides strong functions that help you not just adding effect to your photo, but also you can edit your picture as stunning as a professional graphic maker.

Here, we are going to show you how you can create effects to photos using Wondershare Pixstudio online.

Step 1: Go to the PixStudio and choose the target design. If I were going to post my photo to Instagram, I may choose Instagram Post.

Step 2: Choose your fancy effect and then try to drag "Intensity" to adjust the effect to your favorite.

Step 3: Now you can get the resulting image and you can download it for free.

Part 1. How to Add VHS Effects on Photos with Fotophire Editing Toolkit

The best way to add a VHS filter to your photograph is through the use of a graphics editor called the Fotophire Editing Toolkit. We’re introducing it first, because it’s the most varied and the easiest to use!

Wondershare Fotophire Editing Toolkit
  • Enables you to apply more than 200 effects to your photos to make them better.
  • Crop or cut pictures to the size to meet any of your need.
  • Help you to remove any unwanted objects from your photos.
  • Allow you to use the Creative Blur to refocus your photos in a click.
5 Key Features of Fotophire Editing Toolkit
  • Easy-to-use drag & drop interface that you can easily master.
  • Preset Filters and Effects that you can apply with a single-click.
  • Adjust the mood of your images with Effects (categorized by style.
  • Adjust the overall look of your image by playing with the color balance.
  • Create that glitch-like VHS effect with fancy textures and light filters.

How to Add VHS Effects on Photos with Fotophire Editing Toolkit

Step 1: Launch Wondershare Fotophire

In order to add VHS effects to your images, you’re going to have to use the Photo Editor part of the editing toolkit. To do this, double-click on the box that is furthest to the left called “Photo Editor.”

VHS Effects-Launch Wondershare Fotophire

Step 2: Import Image!

Now let’s import the image that we want to add VHS effects to. This can be done by clicking on the “Open…” text on the top left-hand corner of the screen! A windows/mac window will popup, choose the image that you want to edit, and then proceed to next step!

VHS Effects-Import Image


As you can see, importing the image sent us into the main photo editing screen. The first tab (highlight blue in the image below), is the “EFFECTS” tab. This is where you’ll be able to find filters that you can use to change the overall mood of your photograph!

VHS Effects-Choose the Effects Tab

Step 4: EFFECTS - Cinematic

For the VHS Effect, I opted for the “Cinematic” filter (under the “Cinema” category. It sparks up a very creepy vibe, but not too overly so! Of course, you can choose whatever effect you want! If you’re looking for a heavier VHS effect, then you might want to try the filters under the “Color” category.

VHS Effects-Choose the Cinematic Filter

Step 5: Adjustments

If you’re not satisfied with the coloring of your image, you can made adjustments under the tab highlighted blue in the image below. This is where you can find tools that will allow you to change the color balance, adjust the blur, etc.

VHS Effects-Make Adjustments for  the Photo


On the other hand, if you want your image to look a little sketchier, you can add textures using the tools under the “TEXTURES” tab. These tools include light leaks (to make your colors pop), grain effects (to add a grainy texture to your images), different types of blurs (to add drama to your photos), and so much more!

VHS Effects-Make Textures for  the Photo

Step 7: Save

Once you’re satisfied with the overall look of your image, remember to save! This can be done by clicking on the “Save…” icon on the top menu bar.

VHS Effects-Save the Finished Photo

Part 2. How to Add VHS Effects on Your Photos with Photoshop

The next part of this tutorial will be teaching you how to add similar VHS Effects using Photoshop! The process with this particular program is a bit tricky. That’s mainly due to the lack of Preset filters and effects! As such, in order for you to add VHS Effects on your photos with photoshop, you either have to go through the whole editing process OR add filters to the program. We’ll be showing you how to do the latter down below!

How to Add VHS Effects on Your Photos with Photoshop

Step 1: Import Image!

First! You’re going to have to import the image that you want to add VHS effects to into the editor! This can be done by clicking on the white “Open…” text button on the left hand side of the screen.

VHS Effects-Import the Image to Photoshop

Step 2: Choose the photo

As you can see, we decided to stick to the same image we had used on the Fotophire tutorial. Pay close attention to how it looks now and see how much it changes later!

VHS Effects- Choose the Wanted Photo

Step 3: Browse Filters Online…

The way that we’ll be adding VHS effects to our photo, is by downloading a preset filter and uploading it into photoshop. If you don’t know where to get Photoshop filters, click on the “Filter” tab > “Browse Filters Online…” This will bring you to the Adobe Photoshop store where you can pick out extra add-ons and effects.

VHS Effects-Browse Filters Online…

Step 4: Export/Import Presets

Once you have your filter downloaded, you can now import it into Photoshop. To do this, you have to click on the “Edit” tab > “Presets” > “Export/Import Presets.” This will open up a window where you can add the actions that you want to use!

VHS Effects-Export Presets

Step 5: Import Presets

In order to import your presets, you’re going to have to follow the steps as listed down below.

  • First, click on the “Select Import Folder” button. This will prompt a popup that will ask you to choose the folder that holds the preset that you downloaded.
  • Then, click on “Add All” or use the arrow keys “<” and “>” to choose which presets you want to use.
  • Finally, click on the “Import Presets” button to successfully import your presets into the program!
VHS Effects-Import Presets

Step 6: Actions

We’re not quite done! The next part will involve opening up your “Actions” module. This can be opened by clicking on the large play button on the left vertical toolbar!

VHS Effects-Open up the Actions Module

Step 7: Load Actions…

We’re almost there! Just click on the “=” button on the top right-hand corner of the “Actions” module and choose the “Load Actions…” option on the drop down menu! This will allow you to finalize the preset importation

VHS Effects-Load Actions

Step 8: VHS Filter

No matter what filter you use, the process of applying it is the same! Just highlight the actions with a click of your mouse, and then press the play button on the bottom toolbar of the “Actions” module. This will automatically apply your filters for you! Note, sometimes it takes a couple of seconds, and other times it can take hours! So, be prepared to wait as the program applies your effects!

VHS Effects-Choose VHS Filter

Step 9: Final Image

Applying preset actions will take care of all the work for you! As you can see from the image down below, the VHS Effect was added to our photo automatically!

VHS Effects-Apply the Preset Actions

Step 10: Save As…

You can play around with the effect as much as you want but remember to save before exiting the program! This can be done by clicking on the “Filter” tab > “Save as…”

VHS Effects-Save the Filtered Photo

Part 3. How to Add VHS Effects on Photos with Mac

As a little bit of a bonus, we’re going to continue this tutorial with two more samples. The first being, a Mac alternative! Movavi, the product that we’re going to be using as our product demo, is a Mac photo editor that offers preset filters (much like the Fotophire photo editor) that you can use to get that glitchy VHS effect!

How to Add VHS Effects on Photos with Movavi on Mac

Step 1: Download Movavi

Movavi offers a free trial for their program on their website. You can easily download the Mac version by clicking on the “Download for Free” pink button on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen!

VHS Effects-Download Movavi

Step 2: Browse for Images

Much like the previous programs, we start by importing the image into the photo editor. For Movavi, this is made fairly simple! You can either drag and drop the image file onto the screen, or you can click on the green “Browse for Images” button and choose the image that you want to edit!

VHS Effects-Browse for Images

Step 3: Effects

Again, we decided to stick to the same image that we used on the other tutorials! This way, you can see the difference between each! Importing said image had instantly transferred us to the photo editor, all you have to do next is click on the “Effects” tab so that you can view the filters they have available.

VHS Effects-Click the Effects Tat

Step 4: Texture Effects

If you look at the upper right-hand corner of the screen, you’ll see a drop down menu that offers different categories that you can choose from. For this sample, we went for the “Textures” category and chose the “Cold Bokeh” filter for its unique scratchy-VHS-feel!

VHS Effects-Choose the Texture Effects

Step 5: Save

You can always take this a step further by playing around with the color balance or choosing another filter. BUT, when you’re done with editing, remember to save your progress! This can be done by clicking on the “Save” button on the bottom toolbar.

VHS Effects-Save the Filtered Photo

Part 4. How to Add VHS Effects on Photos Using Your Mobile

Our final little demo will be through the use of a mobile application by bizarre. The Name of the product is fairly long (VHS Camera Glitch Retro and Trippy Effects), so we’ll be referring to it as the VHS Camera for the rest of the tutorial! The VHS Camera is a FREE app. However, it does come with its fair share of ads (lots and lots of ads.) It’s also an app that was made specifically for this purpose, nothing else, so don’t expect other filters! This is just for getting that VHS Effect.

How to Add VHS Effects on Your Photos with Photoshop

Step 1: Install!

This part is fairly straightforward, visit your app store (or play store), and search up the name of the app and click the “INSTALL” button! This shouldn’t take you too long, perhaps a couple of minutes at most! If you’re not up for typing its full name, click on the URL provided down below!


VHS Effects-Install An App on Your Mobile

Step 2: Add Image

The VHS Camera app will look a little like this when you first open it. Again, there’s nothing too difficult about this one. Either click on the “Add Image” option (to take a photo) or click on the “Gallery” option (to upload an existing image.)

VHS Effects-Add Image

Step 3: ADD VHS

No matter method you end up using, the image will automatically glitchi-fied (like the image shown below.) If you want to change the VHS effect, then click on the “ADD VHS” option. This will randomly change the filter used on your photograph.

VHS Effects-Add VHS Effect


Once you’re done, click on the “DOWNLOAD” button. This will automatically transfer you to a screen that will tell you that your image has been moved to your gallery! That’s really all there is to it! You know got yourself a VHS-edited photograph!

VHS Effects-Download the Finished Photo


That does it for our VHS Effects demo! We showed you a couple of different ways of adding VHS Effects for your photographs today! Which one is your favorite? Personally, for us, we prefer the intuitive interface that Fotophire offers us over bulky products like Photoshop. All in all, out of the four that we mentioned, the Fotophire Editing Toolkit is the most stable and easy-to-use solution!

Mar 31,2021 9:34 am