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Best vintage filter apps for iphone

Incorporate classic vibes in your photos whenever you're feeling a little sentimental. With the help of these vintage filter editing apps gathered by the community, This list features applications with retro filters in them for you to try out!

1.Mextures

Paid: $1.99 with in-app purchases

Mextures is a photo-editing app that will make your pictures even more beautiful just with only one click! There are more than 150 different textures, which can be overlayed to create stunning designs and effects. 

Age rating:

4+

Category:

Photo & Video

Publisher:

MEREK DAVIS COM, LLC

Size:

133.11 MB

Genre:

Not available

  • Han Han

    by Han Han

    I love the wiiiiiiiiiiiiide variety of filters in this app. BnW, high exposure, oldie, vintage, sepia, and swap color. It's rather neat to experiment  More

  • Arnav Bose

    by Arnav Bose

    Mextures is a cool app available for iOS devices that puts filters on your images. You can apply over 130 different textures, save them, and share the More

2.Pixlr-o-matic

Free download
Pixlr-o-matic is a photo-editing software application that features dozens of filters and allows users to choose or add more lighting accents, borders, and frames. It is a useful tool for adding retro effects to your pics!


Age rating:

Everyone

Category:

Photography

Publisher:

123RF

Size:

6.82 MB

Genre:

Not available

  • Edward Grant

    by Edward Grant

    As a person who takes lots of photos on his iPhone I find I miss that retro feel a polaroid can give me. Well, there is an app called Pixlr-o-matic that gives me that vintage feel by allowing me to add retro effects to my pics!

3.Hipstamatic

Paid: $2.99 with in-app purchases

Hipstamatic is a camera app that also works as a photo-editing tool that lets you take beautiful pics and also share them with your friends. It also contains filters and a complete editing suite with over 20 adjustment tools.

Age rating:

4+

Category:

Utilities,Photo & Video

Publisher:

Hipstamatic, LLC

Size:

127.17 MB

Genre:

Not available

  • Karen Martin

    by Karen Martin

    I use to use this app a lot and was always pleased, but the latest update has made it all but worthless. It crashes constantly and simply isn't worth  More

  • Aurora Zepeda

    by Aurora Zepeda

    I recommend this to people who like to shoot images from different perspectives and lenses. Flash choice are also cool, i can mix and match, also the  More

4.Snapseed

Free download

Snapseed is a complete and professional photo-editing software application developed by Google that will upgrade your regular photos, with lots of filters and special effects. It has 29 tools like healing, brush, structure, HDR, etc.

Age rating:

4+

Category:

Photo and Video

Publisher:

Google LLC

Size:

Not available

Genre:

Not available

  • Laura Cruz

    by Laura Cruz

    I love the vignette effect. I usually use this for double exposure and then later on I turn to the vintage filters.

5.VSCO

with in-app purchases
VSCO is a mobile application developed by Visual Supply Company for taking photos, editing them with a variety of settings and filters, and sharing them. Users can join a creative community with no public followers, likes, or comments. 

Age rating:

12+

Category:

Photography

Publisher:

Visual Supply Company

Size:

Not available

Genre:

Not available

  • Annie Hao

    by Annie Hao

    I paid for the pre-set because they are affordable and i like that i only spend minimum effort to post process my photos. The vintage and retro effects are pleasing.

6.Instagram

Free download

Instagram is a simple way to capture, edit, and share the users' favorite moments. They can express their artistic sides through their feeds. Users can follow their friends and family, and discover accounts from all over the world.

Age rating:

Everyone

Category:

Photo sharing

Publisher:

Instagram

Size:

Not available

Genre:

Not available

  • Liu Lee

    by Liu Lee

    Honestly, when it comes to photography and vintage filters (or any filters, for that matter), Instagram has all these other apps beat. You literally h More

  • Edward Powell

    by Edward Powell

    Great app to send photos to family and friends

7.Cortex Camera

Paid: $2.99

This app combines lots of exposures to create a high-resolution noise-free photography, which will allow you to take amazing pictures with the regular camera of your phone. It also supports telephoto lenses for iPhones.

Age rating:

4+

Category:

Photo & Video

Publisher:

John Corcoran

Size:

3.41 MB

Genre:

Not available

  • Deborah Hanson

    by Deborah Hanson

    Pretty great, I like the noise-cancelling feature. It's fun and pretty neat to use as well, plenty of vintage filters to choose from and it's really c More

  • Ronald Fernandez

    by Ronald Fernandez

    Lots of filters and options that any photog would love to have. Especially useful for Iphone camera usage. Highly recommend.

8.8mm Vintage Camera

Paid: $1.99 with in-app purchases

8mm Vintage Camera is an image and video editor app that specializes in capturing images and scenes and giving them a genuine retro vibe. It contains over 70 different video effects and unique themes to choose from.

Age rating:

4+

Category:

Photo & Video,Lifestyle

Publisher:

NEXVIO INC.

Size:

25.01 MB

Genre:

Not available

  • Sean Delgado

    by Sean Delgado

    Super cool app that ads a very vintage 8mm appearance to any of your photos. Not a cheap app, but it does add an excellent filter to any of your filte More

  • Teresa Henderson

    by Teresa Henderson

    Never knew I could actually shoot VIDEOS in retro mode. I mean, of all the photo editing software out there, only this offer a video-taking photo with More

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that photos also exude feelings and ideas? In photographic psychology, the technique called ‘vignetting’ works more than just making a photo look like a vintage one. It also brings an emotional impact. Vignetting is the process of reducing an image’s clarity at the periphery and putting emphasis on the center of the image. To imagine it clearer, get an old photo album, observe how the images appear—they seem to have darker corners, or washed out colors, or faded edges, and sometimes it creates a rounded image. The reason behind this is light falloff around the lenses of vintage cameras. It used to be a natural occurrence due to the angle at which the light hits the camera lens. This is actually an optical limitation with old cameras and low-end DSLRs. Recently, people started to do it digitally and purposely to enhance some photographs and add a powerful impact. Intentional vignetting means adding the effect during the editing stage. You can use it for that antique look, along with sepia tone. These vintage filters for photos and videos are available for iPhones and Android phones. You can also research and download what you deem the best photo editing apps for selfies and photos.  

Going back to the feelings this photo effect exudes, dark vignetting creates a sensation of looking in or out through a peeping hole, window, or some kind of tunnel. Some relate this feeling to voyeurism and peeping and can be quite strong. In cinematography, it is being utilized to show a point of view (POV) of a person who is losing consciousness. White vignetting, on the other hand, gives a light, airy and ethereal mood, as if in a dream. This technique is usually used in wedding photographs. In the event that you would like to pull off a vintage-themed photo shoot, finish it up by using photo editing apps and post-processing software that offers film-grain effect (a lot of apps in the web offer this kind of feature), low-contrast settings, yellow-tint, and of course, vignetting. Surely, your photos will bring nostalgia to anyone who would look at it.

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