How can you turn a humdrum photo into a classic work of art? Mac users can choose from a bunch of affordable apps that do just that. Turn the mundane into digital magic. All you need is the right app with the right filters and a boring photo.
That Yesteryear Look
The example I have today is one of my favorites. It’s called Vintage Scene, and yes, that’s as much of a description as you need.
Vintage Scene takes any plain digital photo and gives it that retro look, the time worn look of printed photos from the last century (or, maybe the one before that).
A whole bunch of basic photo effects and filters are combined to create the antique look from yesteryear.
For example, grain, darkened edges, distressed photo paper, sepia tone, and more are blended into and around the photo.
What you get is a photo you took minutes ago that looks as if it came from a shoebox, circa 1929.
A simple photo from a modern camera can be turned into what looks exactly like a photo that was printed 100 years ago.
Here’s another sample.
How can you take a photo from a modern digital camera and get that completely antiqued look?
Vintage Scene makes it easy. Point and click. It all starts with presets– Vintage, Antique, Faded Time.
Select a preset and it’s applied to your photo automatically. The slider bars in the sidebar controls give you more granular controls. That means the number of effects is almost unlimited.
Vintage Scene is a terrific way to get something artistic from photos that are purely mundane. There’s a Windows PC version, and one for iPad and iPhone. It’s priced right and makes a good gift for an iDevice owner who wants a little more from the hundreds of basic photos taken over the holidays.