What are the 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!

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    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. 



    $1.99- with in-app purchases

    Han Han
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "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 and combine plenty of filters together."
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    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!


    Android, iOS


    Edward Grant
    Written on January 9, 2018
    "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!"
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    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.



    $2.99- with in-app purchases

    Karen Martin
    Written on January 9, 2018
    "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 the frustration anymore. Try Enlighten instead."


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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    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.


    Android, iOS


    Laura Cruz
    Written on October 9, 2018
    "I love the vignette effect. I usually use this for double exposure and then later on I turn to the vintage filters."
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    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. 

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Annie Hao
    Written on October 9, 2018
    "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."
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    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.


    Web, Android, iOS, Windows


    Liu Lee
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "Honestly, when it comes to photography and vintage filters (or any filters, for that matter), Instagram has all these other apps beat. You literally have majority of editing options all from your phone! "
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    #7Cortex Camera

    Cortex Camera

    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.




    Deborah Hanson
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "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 compatible on my iPhone ✌️✌"
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    #88mm Vintage Camera

    8mm Vintage Camera

    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.



    $1.99- with in-app purchases

    Sean Delgado
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "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 filters that will be sure to impress your friends!"


Best What are the best vintage filter apps for iPhone
1MexturesApps 1 Paid
2Pixlr-o-maticApps 0 Free
3HipstamaticApps 0 Paid
4Snapseed Apps 0 Free
5VSCO Apps 0 Free
6InstagramApps -1 Free
7Cortex CameraApps -1 Paid
88mm Vintage CameraApps -3 Paid

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