Call me a hopelessly addicted Mac photo app user. My Mac is loaded with a couple of dozen apps that enhance photos. It’s worse on my iPhone because they’re cheap.
The Mac trend is toward simple, one-trick pony apps and I have a bunch. The latest to grace my Mac’s screen takes modern digital photos and turns them into antiques with a click.
Cheap Antique Photos
The way this works reminds me of a furniture store my wife and I visited. It was all antique furniture. Rather, it was all antique replicas. The furniture was recently manufactured but all beat up and antiqued to make it look old.
The process works great on furniture and photos but not cars.
Vintage Scene is one of a handful of Mac and iPhone and iPad photo processing apps from Jixi Pix.
With a click or two, you can take one of your current, recently shot photos and make it look like something from a century ago or 50 years ago. It’s not just adding a sepia tone, either.
These Vintage Scene photos look like photos from the past. Check these out and then I’ll show you how it works.
That sure looks like a photo taken in Paris back in the 1940s.
How about a close up photo?
How does a Mac user take typical digital photos and make them classic masterpieces?
It’s all point and click.
Vintage Scene does not provide a typical Mac-like user interface. It’s even easier. A floating palette of filters can be applied to your digital photos with a click.
The photo above displays the original image in the lower left, the floating palette of tools in the right, and the one-click altered image in the center.
The results are stunning, especially so if you’re fond of antique and vintage photos. One click to look at the original and compare it to the modified version. One click to change the type of distressed paper or add a border.
A number of options are available in the tools palette, including backgrounds, distressed paper, special fades, borders, and slider controls for each effect.
Adding a photo is a click. Saving is a click. In between you have choices. One click gives you a stunning photo of yesteryear.
Or, you can devote an hour to changing filters, adjusting the slider effects, and getting a good feel for the tools. Vintage Scene is priced like an iPhone app (and has companion iPhone and iPad versions). In other words, it does plenty and it’s cheap.
Photo Antiquing On The Cheap
All it takes is a couple of clicks to one of your photos in the trial version and you can see why I’m enthusiastic. It’s antiquing done easy and without a catch. Adjust an image until it’s perfect and then save it as a preset to be use again. Vintage Scene is the most surprising photo effects app I’ve seen on the Mac in years. It’s an amazingly easy to use app with a crazy low price tag.