Vintage Effects are all the rage these days! Modern fashion has been bringing back styles that branch all the way back from the 1980s (and even further back.) With modern fashion picking up trends from the good ol’ days, it’s vital that you learn your way around a couple of vintage photo effects! In this tutorial, we’re going to be teaching you a couple of different ways that you can add vintage filters which can teleport your image back into the old time!
The first program that we’re going to be introducing is the Fotophire Editing Toolkit! This graphics editor is packed with filters and effects that can help you get that old-timey look. Besides, it’s easier to use than most desktop editors! It was designed to be 100% intuitive, which means, that no one should have any problem when it comes to figuring out how it works!
As mentioned, this program was made to be highly intuitive! All you really have to do is to launch the main editor, choose the one called "Photo Editor"! That’s the one that you’re going to use to add the Vintage Photo Effects!
To get started with the editing process, we’re going to need to import the image into the editor. Click on the “Open…” on the left-hand side of the screen and choose your image on the windows/mac popup!
Now we can start adding filters! You can find filters under the effects tab. That’s the science beaker icon (highlighted blue in the image below.) Once you’re on this tab, you’ll see a couple of different categories. Those are what sets apart the preset filters that Fotophire offers.
As you might have noticed from the previous picture, Fotophire has a separate category for Vintage filters! These are actually some of my favorites (you can see preview of the top-most filters on the right-hand side of the screen.) For this image, we decided to go with the “Exhausted” filter, which added a nice worn-out looking green filter over the top of the image.
That’s really all there is to it! Of course, you can play around with other filters (or make adjustments by going through the other tabs), but once you’re satisfied with the image make sure that you save! This can be done by clicking on the "Save icon" on the top menu bar.
Now, as an accompaniment of our Fotophire tutorial, we’re going to introduce you to a method of doing the exact same thing on a Mac computer! The product that we’re going to be using for this demonstration is Movavi. This is a photo editor that provides a lot of the same tools that the Fotophire Toolkit does, including a couple of Vintage-themed filters!
As mentioned, we’re going to be demonstrating Movavi as a Mac editor! It can be downloaded as such on their official website! All you have to do is click on the pink Download for Free button and follow the quick installation process!
Movavi will allow you to drag and drop the image that you want to edit onto the screen! Of course, if the file is not within easy reach, you could also use the green Browse for Images button in the middle of the editor!
The thing that we’re going to be focusing on, is Movavi’s Effects tab. It can be found farthest to the right (on their top menu bar.) Clicking on this tab will change the right-hand side of the screen, which (refer to the image below) will now show to Filter tools that Movavi has available!
For the Vintage look, we went with their Retro collection! You can access this by clicking on the drop-down menu that is at the very top of the “Effects” module. The filter we used is called “Lumiere.” It gives off a very vintage look, what with the soft faded browns!
We’re ending it here, but feel free to play around with the other tools they have available! You might even want to check out the rest of their Retro/Vintage filters! Just remember not to close the window with saving first! Saving can be done by clicking on the Save button on the bottom of the screen!
If you’re still not completely told, then you can check out the following programs! All of these should be able to provide that vintage look that you need. However, pay very close attention to the details provided! This is going to be a mix and match, but we’ll try to offer you as much info as we can on the subject!
Price: $20.99 (per month)
Of course, we can’t introduce popular programs without including Adobe Photoshop! This is, after all, one of the best graphics editors out there! The only thing you’d have to consider is the price (which can cost up to $20.99 per month) and the complicated interface (which could take months… or years to fully master!)
Price: $20 (one-time payment)
Camera Bag is a good small-time editor that offers presets that you can use to add vintage-like effects to your photographs! Much like most of the programs that we introduced here, this one comes with a free trial that you can use to check out all the tools that they offer.
Pixelmator is a program that comes with a lot of preset features (much like Camerabag.) There are a couple of things extra here. Like the ability to sketch over your images, but a lot of the basics stay the same — the ability to apply effects (vintage effects included!)
If you’re looking for a FREE alternative, then you might be interested in the GIMP program! This one is a little bit more complicated than the others (as it’s mainly an illustrator.) However, you should still be able to adjust your photographs in a way that will be reminiscent of the most popular vintage effects out there.
Affinity is a lot heavier of a program than the last couple that we introduced. It was made like Photoshop — to be heavy in content. So, you can expect there to be variety of things that you can try out! The only thing wrong with that, of course, is the fact the program is also a lot more expensive and harder to use than the rest.
Because of the recent rise in vintage aesthetics, a lot of people are on the lookout for something that can give their images sweet worn-by-time feel that we just can’t get from the digital photographs of today! Well, no more! Hopefully, this article introduced you to a tool that you can use to edit your photographs. If you want our recommendation, check out the Fotophire Editing Toolkit first! It’s the easiest to use and definitely the most helpful method!