Freeware (0,00 €) | 22 MB | Version 1.26
Vintage and retro effects send your photos on a journey in time. Vintage effects are added to present day images and give them the look of the good old days. A vintage look for present day photos is very popular at the moment and does not necessarily have to be done with professional applications. Now also free programs can add frames and artificially yellow photos or let clean graphics age a couple of decades. Therefore, I had a closer look at the current version of XnRetro. The program was developed by the well-known programmer Pierre Gougelet who also developed the image viewer XnView that was one of the first free programs allowing users to view photos on their computer. Read my review on XnRetro here.
Right after its download XnRetro comes up with something special. It does not have to be installed. You just unzip the file that was downloaded and start the application from the newly created folder. This enables you to copy the application to a USB portable drive and then take it anywhere you want.
XnRetro was designed very simple. After opening the selected photo file there are four main effects available at the bottom of the program window. All four effects can be easily selected with the tabs. If one of the effects such as the retro effect is selected, there are 20 preset aging options available. A special feature of this program is the miniature view that instantly shows the image with 20 different aging effects. With a click on one of the miniature views the image with the selected effect is being enlarged. This allows you to easily browse and try all options.
The light effect additionally adds different lighting effects to a photo. This allows you to set additional accents in your photos. As a matter of fact, all four main effects can be combined with each other perfectly. Vignetting is the third effect that XnRetro provides for free. With this effect you create a shade along the border and edges. Different varieties of shading can be applied. This kind of shading adds to setting a focus in the center of an image. I think that is very beautiful effect.
The fourth and last main effect is a frame feature. It allows you to add a virtual frame to your photos. XnRetro provides 30 different frames and borders. I have to admit that it is a lot of fun to add different effects to photos and therefore let them age artificially. Very often this adds new charm to pictures and gives them a fascinating look. If you do not like preset effects, you will also find more setting to customize options.
Main features of XnRetro:
* 20 color effects
* 15 light effects, e.g. bokeh, leak
* 28 frames and borders
* Adjustment of contrast, gamma and saturation
* Share or email photos
XnRetro is a great application to add numerous aging effects to your photos. The new charm of the photos is really astonishing and many beautiful scenes become amazing pictures. The program is totally free and easy to use. XnRetro receives a “highly recommendable“ from me and is now available for you as a free download on Downloadmix. Axel Gerken
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